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"I believe the status quo is unacceptable. It is time to change it," Obama said. "And it's time to come together, just like Jeb and I are doing today, coming from different parties. But we come together not as Democrats or Republicans but as Americans, to lift up all of our schools."
On the education front, he shares much in common with Jeb Bush, a champion of education reform.
Jeb Bush, often pressed about his own presidential ambitions, has ruled out running in 2012, when the eventual GOP nominee will presumably face Obama. But he has not eliminated the chance of running for president in 2016. His elder brother George served as the nation's president for eight years preceding Obama.
Jeb Bush introduced Obama by agreeing with him that education should not divide leaders along party lines. The two enjoyed a handshake as Obama took over.
The president then poked some fun at the political history of Jeb Bush, who is both the son and the brother of presidents named George Bush.
"Aside from being a former governor of this great state, Jeb of course is best known as being the brother of Marvin Bush," Obama said, to some laughter and surprise from his audience. Marvin is one of Jeb Bush's far less famous siblings.
Obama looked over at the former governor and smiled about his own joke. "The truth is," the president added, "I've gotten to know Jeb because his family exemplifies public service, and we are so grateful to him for the work that he's doing on behalf of education.
Originally posted by bladdersweat
hmmm, interesting. i would like to add to the conspiratorial nature of this. i don't know if you caught it, but about 2 months ago obama brought former president clinton (..bring the other guy in....) to endorse the president's framework agreement to extends tax cuts. i thought that was a bit weirdo, i don't really remember other presidents bringing in the old guard to speak down to the public, even thought they may consult with them in private for advice.
Originally posted by METACOMET
I don't see any mention of Bush in the article you linked to. Did the link change?
While Obama and Jeb Bush share many ideas, Jennings noted they have differences. Bush is unlikely to support increases in education spending and Obama is not a supporter of school vouchers.
“Mr. President, as you have said, education achievement is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue — it is an issue of national priority,” Bush said. “Every child, regardless of their zip code or family income, should have access to a quality education.”