Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush strayed from his prepared remarks in order to defend his brother Thursday night and took a shot at President Obama in the process. The defense came in the form of a jab toward the current administration. Bush took dead aim at the President not taking ownership for the economy and blaming the administration of his brother for our economic woes.
"My brother, well, I love my brother," Bush said. "He is a man of integrity, courage, and honor, and during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe." The line mentioned the Bush record and September 11th, two topics that had been very fleeting at the convention. The comments also drew a standing ovation.
Bush continued "So, Mr. President, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies." This line resonated with delegates already cheering. The convention floor erupted in applause and cheers in defense of the former President. A sigh of relief for many frustrated with the continual attacks on the Bush family.
Jeb waited for the applause and continued in his attack of the President. "You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. In the fourth year of your presidency, a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions, and you haven't done it."
The convention erupted in applause again. The Bush family had kept very reserved in commentary over the last four years, even as President Obama mercilessly attacked the family record.
"Now that I've gotten that off my chest" Jeb concluded "let's talk a little bit about our kids and education." Jeb then proceeded with his remarks. The length of which can be found here.