Jeb Bush shows off his baby Jesus–and says what he really thinks of his father

December 9, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush takes the stage at the AARP New Hampshire Social Security Summit in Manchester, New Hampshire December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – Jeb Bush likes to campaign on policy and doesn’t often get caught up in personal details, but found himself revealing some tidbits about himself on his latest swing through New Hampshire.

And thus it was when it came to the subject  of religion on Tuesday night in Hooksett.

A young voter at a Bush town hall meeting drew the Republican candidate out on the subject when he voiced his own belief that his life was not divinely inspired. A converted Catholic, Bush reached into his pocket and pulled out what appeared to be a clay form of the baby Jesus lying in the manger.

“When I wake up each day, I say a prayer, I don’t, you know, some people might like it, some people might not. But I actually carry little baby Jesus here with me because it’s my strength. This is an arduous process, man.  I’m just trying to explain me. And you explained you and I respect you,” he said.

There was no escaping personal details on Wednesday in Manchester when Bush appeared at a Republican “Life of the Party” event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The entire event is geared around getting a candidate to let forth with some personal facts.

The subject of Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, came up, and Jeb Bush revealed that he learning more than he already knew about his father in reading a new biography about him written by Jon Meacham.

When he was growing up, Jeb said, he held his father in such high regard that he said he would be happy if he could become even half the man of the elder Bush.

“I could either accept that as a traumatic experience and go get therapy and live a miserable life, or I could accept being half the man my dad was or is and still live a life of purpose and meaning. I mean, that’s how high I think my dad’s, I just idolize the guy I think he’s the greatest man alive. So it’s really hard to emulate him because I think he’s near perfect,” said Bush.

Bush was also asked by the moderator what sort of party he would plan. The former Florida governor was reminded of an event that took place in the governor’s mansion when about 50 state employees took a test to determine who were the extroverts and who were the introverts. Bush found himself safely among his fellow introverts, and each grouip was tasked with planning a party.

“Well, the introverts would plan their party, and the extroverts would plan theirs. So we quickly decided that we were all going to read a book that week and then we would have an interesting dinner conversation that would be over early, about the book that we read. And the extroverts didn’t plan their party. They started partying. They literally got a conga line together and they came into our room to mock us,” he said. “So I don’t know, I would have to be careful about it.”

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