GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is bringing humor back into politics, and it's a welcome change, Reagan biographer Craig Shirley tells Newsmax TV
"You watch it as an observer and you think, 'My God, it's been too long since we laughed at national politics,'" Shirley said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime."
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Great presidents and candidates have always understood the power of humor, Shirley said, citing John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
"How long has it been since we've laughed?" Shirley said. "We never laughed when George Bush was president. We haven't laughed in the last seven years since Barack Obama, and maybe it's a little bit on the cheap side or whatever, but it's nice to see people in politics at least enjoying themselves once in a while."
Trump has been ridiculing rival Jeb Bush in videos, showing a woman falling asleep at one his events in one and Bush's own mother Barbara saying, "We've had enough Bushes," in another, followed by the tagline: "Mother Knows Best."
Bush has been positioning himself as an outsider in attempt to regain the front-runner status he has lost to Trump, but Shirley said that will be hard. Bush may be best known as governor of Florida, but he's still part of a family that has been seen as Washington establishment for 50 years.
"It's not just about geography, it's also about culture," Shirley said.
Bush won't be able to break out of the establishment mold, and should instead worry about focusing on a signature issue for his campaign, Shirley said.
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