Barbara Bush on Jeb Run: 'We've Had Enough Bushes'

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WASHINGTON — Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush's presidential library, former first lady Barbara Bush is brushing aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House.

Appearing in an interview Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, Mrs. Bush was asked how she felt about Jeb, the former governor of Florida, seeking the presidency in 2016.

“He’s by far the best qualified man, but no,” she said. “I really don’t. I think it’s a great country. There are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families or whatever."

The former First Lady added: "We've had enough Bushes."

She went on to say she thought there were many worthy candidates, telling anchor Matt Lauer, "There are people out there" who are qualified. Mrs. Bush, who had a reputation for bluntness when her husband George H.W. Bush was president, spoke from the site of the presidential library.

On Wednesday, George W. Bush told CNN he thought Jeb Bush should run for president.

Related: George W. says Jeb should 'Run!'

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