Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jeb Bush attempts to distance himself from the presidential policies of his brother and father
On Wednesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush attempted to distance himself from the presidential policies of his brother and father by saying that he is his "own man."
"I also have been lucky to have a father and a brother who both have shaped America’s foreign policy from the Oval Office.
"I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs — sometimes in contrast to theirs. I love my father and my brother. I admire their service to the nation and the difficult decisions they had to make.
"But I am my own man — and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences.
"Each president learns from those who came before — their principles, their adjustments. One thing we know is this: Every president inherits a changing world and changing circumstances.
"We have lost the trust and the confidence of our friends. We definitely no longer inspire fear in our enemies.
"The great irony of the Obama presidency is this: Someone who came to office promising greater engagement with the world has left America less influential in the world," Bush said at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.