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George W. mentions Jeb as next possible Bush president

June 17, 2008 |  8:58 am

OK, he didn't bring it up.

But when Adam Boulton, a SkyNews TV reporter in Britain, asked President Bush if his final seven months in office was the end of the Bush political dynasty, he could have demurred, given that some number of folks back home are counting the days until Jan. 20 and his popularity rating rivals the percentage of people who are certain the Cubs will win the World Series this year.

Bush was dismissive about paying attention to his sunken favorability ratings or even high ones. "You can't lead in this world," he said, "if you're chasing something as temporary as a popularity poll."

George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush could be the next member of that family to run for political office

The president and Laura Bush were asked about numerous subjects during the 19-minute interview, which you can watch in its entirety here. Laura Bush, for instance, said she'd leave choosing a female vice presidential candidate up to each party's nominee.

But asked if she'd like to see a female president, she replied, "Sure," then quickly added with a laugh, "a Republican woman."

The political dynasty question came near the end of the interview. "Well," the president said, "we've got another one out there who did a fabulous job as governor of Florida, and that's Jeb, " Bush said, ever the proud brother. "But you better ask him about running for president."

Unmentioned was George P. Bush, Jeb's son, pictured above, who's campaigned for his family, displayed some political presence and has not hidden his interest in politics someday. But his time has yet to come.

--Andrew Malcolm

Photo credit: Associated Press

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