President George H.W. Bush endorsed Jeb Bush for president in a fundraising email this week, saying his son is ready for the "enormity of the job."
"Being president will test you to your core," the elder Bush began in the Tuesday email, USA Today reported
"Even though I was vice president for eight years and had been in the Oval Office many times for important meetings with my friend President Reagan, I still did not appreciate the enormity of the job until I put my hand on that Bible and took the Oath of Office. It's that big. And I can assure you, Jeb is ready for that big challenge."
The former president went on to remind potential donors that Jeb's campaign "will have to publicly report how much money they have" next week, and that even a small donation of $25 to $100 will have an impact on the headlines generated by that disclosure.
For much of his campaign, Jeb Bush has strayed away from being associated with his more famous father and brother, as commentators have long noted the dynastic overtones of his candidacy — even before he formally announced he was running.
When Jeb announced his bid, commentators pointed out that his campaign logo did not include the Bush surname, and punctuated his first name with an exclamation point. Rival candidates have also been sure to call Bush by his last name, and frequently speak of the Bush family collectively in a bid to tie him to his family's twin presidential legacies.
In recent weeks, Bush has become more comfortable being associated with his family, and famously defended his brother George W. Bush during the second Republican primary debate earlier this month.
"When it comes to my brother, there's one thing I know for sure. He kept us safe," he said, and later repeated in a tweet.
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