Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hugs Are Optional

Former Gov. Jeb Bush will share the stage with President Obama on Friday in Miami, pushing education reform.

The Republican governor, who last summer criticized Obama as “childish” for continuing to blame the sluggish economy on former President George W. Bush, will join the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Miami Central Senior High School where Obama is to deliver remarks on his push for improving U.S. schools.

Despite his spirited defense of his brother, Bush has lauded some of Obama’s education efforts and has said he believes education is one area where the political parties can find common ground.

The article also notes that the joint appearance pretty much makes it clear that Mr. Bush won’t be running for president in 2012; no GOP contender can appear on the same stage with Mr. Obama and be polite without killing his chances for building up the base of the party. After all, Gov. Charlie Crist was pretty much run out of the party after he hugged the president at a rally to support the stimulus in 2009.