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Sat Jan 24, 2015, 01:02 PM

Will it stick?!1 Vanity Fair: Jeb Crow Shrub elitist arrogant prick, stoner, goofy, slob, freak.

How did Jeb Crow Shrub get pegged as "the smart one"? Entitled goofiness is in the family genes, start with Poppy. And Shrub's goofiness is well documented. Then take a glimpse at "Access Hollywood" where one Billy BUSH is on display. And recently at a doctor's waiting room I looked at a business/financial magazine I wouldn't otherwise ever see and there was a profile of one Jonathan BUSH, as a flaky nutty bozo cashing in as CEO of some kind of healthcare (Athenacare?) company, cashing in on OBAMAcare, the family m.o. being feeding at the public trough - with company conferences full of costumes and booze.

I haven't delved into the Jeb Crow Shrub psyche beyond a scattered detail about his business dealings with 1stGenExile/CIA Cubans, milking Medicare, involving boarding private planes with suitcases full of cash. And Neil Shrub's Savings and Loan bailout from the public. And Poppy fuming at reporters, "My boys have a right to make a living!1"

Yet Jeb Crow Shrub has somehow built an image of being sober and thoughtful. Now it's clearer why he didn't have a meltdown over his kids' ([strike]Jeb[/strike] George Pee Shrub now officially elected in Texas) crashes with the law, since it's a family marker.

Also, for such an elitist family, he comes across as having the hinterland's chip on the shoulder toward "Eastern elites."

Photograph by Jeff Mitchell. The author's article “Brother Dearest,” published in the July 2001 issue of Vanity Fair.


6:45 PM, January 23 2015
[font size=5]Revisiting Jeb Bush’s Bad Behavior at Andover[/font]
By David Margolick

Perhaps because it seemed Jeb Bush could never be president—his brother had just been elected and, even then, the thinking was that two Bushes would be quite enough—his classmates at Andover reminisced quite freely about him with me in 2001, when I profiled him for Vanity Fair.

“There was a kind of arrogance to him,” one of them told me, describing Bush’s membership in a “clique of wealthy kids.” “I remember him smoking a lot of dope,” he added. ....

LeBoutillier urged reporters to investigate the matter further, comparing it to the widely-reported story of a young Mitt [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Romney pinning down a gay student[/FONT] at his Michigan prep school [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]and cutting off his blond bangs[/FONT], which for some reason he’d found offensive. “If that event is worthy of the front page of the Washington Post,” wrote LeBoutillier, “then [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]the Jeb Bush Illegal[/FONT] Drug and [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]Liquor Distributorship[/FONT] is certainly something the voters—especially GOP primary voters—have a right to know before they begin to choose a 2016 candidate.” ....

Jeb steered clear of politics—no mean feat during the Vietnam era. “I don’t recall his ever being particularly interested in anything we did,” recalled Andrew Bridges, who headed the Progressive Andover Republicans. Like many of Bush’s classmates, Bridges sort of liked the guy. But others disagreed: one told me he was “slightly snarly and spoiled.” “I wouldn’t associate ideas with Jeb,” said Peter Halley, who became an artist. “He was laid back—a little bit [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]goofy[/FONT].”

Andover back then was a thoroughly cliquish place, divided neatly into “jocks,” “nerds,” “freaks,” and “zeroes.” Bush was hard to pigeonhole—he was captain of the tennis team and was friendly with several black students—but was also, improbably (as one classmate called him) “a budding hippie.” “If you found him sitting, it was further toward the [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]freak[/FONT] end of the dining room,” Lincoln Chafee, later a United States senator and governor of Rhode Island, told me in 2001. “He was kind of a [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]slob[/FONT], actually.” ....

Though they had more pressing matters to discuss—like how they can run for president simultaneously without knocking one another out—perhaps Bush and Romney swapped prep school stories during their powwow in Utah this week. But while Romney famously forgot the hair-cutting episode, Bush seems to have some insight into his former preppie self. [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]“I was,”[/FONT] as he once put it, [FONT style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: yellow"]“a cynical little turd at a cynical little school.”[/FONT]


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Sat Jan 24, 2015, 01:06 PM

1. What I am afraid of - Mitt and Jeb discussing who would be VP - Mitt or Jeb.


The GOP has no problem with having a powerful VP, thus - Cheney.

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Sat Jan 24, 2015, 04:10 PM

2. Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee

The party loathes Mitt. They lurve the Bushes, and Jeb is the chosen one. Mitt will be the scapegoat for the early clowncar appearances to provide a racing draft for little Jebby. I've been saying since 2010 that it will be Jeb, but I knew they would wait and see what Clinton was doing. Obviously, they think they can beat her so he's running now.

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Sat Jan 24, 2015, 06:28 PM

3. Here're the link & excerpts from the 2001 VF piece in PDF. If anybody can convert it, please.


[font size=5]Brother Dearest[/font]
Vanity Fair, July 2001
David Margolick

p. 94 With George Herbert Walker Bush and George W. Bush, one always gets the feeling of being importuned, of almost being begged to like and respect them. Jeb, by contrast, has the ease of someone who’s not trying to win anyone over, who’s not trying to be someone he’s not or come across as tougher or smarter or more macho than he really is. He needs no pork rinds or cowboy boots to earn his spurs. He seems to now he will be liked and respected – there is no way he can’t be – and if he is not, well, then maybe that person is just not worth being liked and respected back. ....

p. 96 At the same time, Jeb finds himself saddled with labels never attached to his father and brother – such words as arrogant, stubborn, cocksure, self-righteous. ....

Stories abound of retribution meted out to anyone who displeases Jeb. ....

(Democratic mayor of Tallahassee Scott) Maddox says. “If you’re always used to being given what you want, you react poorly when you are opposed. ...” ....

Critics say that Jeb doesn’t listen to other people, that he’s a zealot surrounded by sycophants. “He’s not getting very much information,” says Tom Rossin, the Democratic leader in the state senate, “first, because he doesn’t listen to it; second, because he’s a one-way guy, and the people who really argue with him somehow disappear.”

p. 142 He’s tired, too, of the usual bait and switch: journalists claiming they want to explore bond issues when their real agenda is to talk psychobabble and to stoke sibling rivalry. Forced to speak about his family, Jeb has perfected the pre-emptive platitude. He loves his (pick it) brother/father/wife/children “more than life.” He’s “incredibly proud” of them all. And no superlative is ever too strong: he once said his father was “as close to perfection as a human being can be.” ....

p. 143 With few exceptions, Jeb’s relatives don’t speak. Jeb’s staffers are young, inexperience, and ferociously loyal; they are often compared to a cult. (“Shiite Republicans is what one Democrat calls them.) ....

None of his friends were invited to the wedding. “She came from a totally different culture, a different planet from our perspective,” one college classmate recalls.

p. 144 He met Armando Codina, a prominent Cuban-American real-estate developer and one of the Senior Bush’s earliest supporters; Codina made him an extraordinary offer, particularly for someone with no experience in real estate: join him, invest no money, and have “Bush” added to the company name (at the very time that Bush Sr became vice president).

p. 145 Some $2000 million in Medicaid funds was missing, and Recarey was indicted for conspiracy, bribery, obstruction of justice, and illegal wiretapping. He fled the country in September 1987 and is still listed as a fugitive. Asked about Recarey in 1998, Jeb said he’s less gullible now. Similarly, in 1990,Jeb lobbied his father’s administration and helped win parole for Orlando Bosch, an anti-Castro terrorist widely suspected of blowing up a Cuban jetliner in 1976 with 73 passengers aboard. “he is one of us,” Jorge Mas Canosa, the late strongman of Miami’s Cuban community, said of Jeb.

Asked what he would do for Florida’s blacks, Bush gave a slightly longer and more nuanced answer that was reduced to an oft cited, poisonous sound bite: “probably nothing.” Although Jeb himself had used plenty of government help amassing his own fortune, he questioned how much anyone else needed it. ....

...most benefactors (donors) were Republican Party stalwarts: U.S. Sugar, Outback Steakhouse, Philip Morris, Eckerd Corp. Blockbuster founder and Florida Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga, and Al Hoffman Jr., later general fiance chairman of Jeb’s second gubernatorial campaign and now fiance chairman of the Republican National Committee. ....

p. 146 ...the most famous footage ever of Jeb Bush, in which, talking to an aide and unaware that the cameras are rolling, the smoldering governor hisses, “Kick ... their ... asses ... out!” Jeb later said that it was to the press, and not to the two black legislators, that he had been referring. ....

p. 147 ...suggestions that Jeb and Cynthia Henderson were an item were all over Tallahassee... .... ...she kept moving up in his administration despite a set of scandals and ethical lapses that would have doomed anyone else. ....

Even Jeb’s allies say that he and Columba have little in common and that she is abusive both to him and to his aides, especially if they happen to be pretty women.


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Sat Jan 24, 2015, 07:37 PM

4. ANnnnnnd HEeeeere's *Jonathan*!1 (cashing in on OBAMAcare)

“The nephew of one President and the cousin of another, Bush has seen his company prosper in the age of Obamacare.Photograph by Andrew Hetherington for Fortune”
"Bush dressed as fictional talk show host Ali G. at an Athena event in 2012, at the White House with cousin George W. in 2006, and driving an ambulance in New Orleans during College."
"Bush (left) in 2005 with his Athenahealth co-founder, Todd Park.
Photograph by Michael Edwards"
[font size=5]Is Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush in a bubble?[/font]
The Athenahealth CEO believes his company can become the Amazon of health care. But hedge fund manager David Einhorn and others are betting that his soaring stock is ready to burst.

Jen Wieczner December 29, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

Jonathan Bush is having a lot of fun for a guy under attack. As he barrels around his 387-acre Maine resort at night in an all-terrain vehicle, weaving through trees and bumping over curbs, the co-founder and CEO of health care technology company Athenahealth doesn’t appear to be worried at all about a short-selling assault by hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who is very publicly betting against Athena’s highflying stock. Moments earlier, Bush—nephew of President No. 41 and cousin to No. 43—was regaling his guests with tales of the time he nearly had sex at Camp David. Now it’s past midnight, and he should really be getting to bed, because at 7 a.m. he’ll be leading a group on a jog to a serene but bone-chillingly cold pond for a swim. Then the ATV rumbles up to the “afterparty cabin,” where a few dozen venture capitalists, investors, health care startup CEOs, and Athena execs are playing drinking games, and Bush can’t stand to miss out. The night before he had ended up shirtless while playing something called flip cup. And when a Morgan Stanley portfolio manager, Athena’s largest shareholder, joked that he was selling his stock because Bush was buying everyone beer, Bush threw his hands in the air and yelled, “Yayyyy!!!”

Welcome to Athenahealth’s fourth annual More Disruption Please conference, the Animal House of corporate gatherings. The setting for this early-fall event is Point Lookout, a resort Athena purchased in 2011 as an employee-training and client-entertainment facility. A four-hour drive north of the company’s headquarters outside Boston—and some 120 miles up the Maine coast from Walker’s Point, where the presidential side of the family spent summers in office—Point Lookout also doubles as a wedding venue, a vacation destination, and the local bowling alley. Despite the rustic surroundings, there is rarely a quiet moment whenever Athenahealth’s hyperactive, no-filter goofball of a chief executive is around. Bush, who last May published a book titled Where Does It Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care, says the ultimate point of his antics is to foster irreverence for the status quo. At MDP he brings together investors with startups that might someday make his own company obsolete. Bush’s rallying cry, as always, is the need to reform the U.S. health care system through innovation—and by whatever means necessary. And he’s not afraid to look like a doofus in the process. “I’ve got to go past the rules of this game to the new game,” says Bush, 45, in a typical moment of rhetorical crescendo. “And I’m going to win the new game, even though it hasn’t been invented yet. You can call that visionary—a willing- ness to withstand emotional pain and isolation.”

Bush’s gonzo approach to corporate leadership has worked spectacularly well at Athenahealth ATHN 1.49% so far. Since the company went public in 2007, its shares had returned 266% through mid-December—more than double the Nasdaq (87%) or the Russell 1000 Health Care Index (130%) over the same period. The rocketing stock price has pushed the market value of the company to around $5 billion. Investors have been attracted to the company’s rapid growth in a vast market that is suddenly undergoing radical change thanks to Obamacare. Athenahealth has seen average revenue gains of 32% a year by selling cloud-based software services to doctors’ offices, including electronic medical records—a business that, spurred by government incentives, has caught fire in recent years. The global health care IT market, now worth about $40.2 billion, has grown 35% in the past five years and is projected to surge another 64% over the next five, to more than $66 billion in 2020, according to Global Industry Analysts. And research firm MarketsandMarkets predicts that health care cloud computing in North America will nearly triple by 2018. ....

Bush co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 with Todd Park, a fellow former health care consultant who left Athena in 2008 and started Castlight Health, before being tapped by President Obama to serve as the U.S. chief technology officer. Since late August, Park has served as a government technology adviser in Silicon Valley. “They were offended as Americans that health care is as dysfunctional as it is, and they had a zealot’s sense of mission to make it better,” says Hull of Bush and Park. ....

The company’s early success surprised even members of Bush’s own clan. Jonathan managed to score a meeting in the Oval Office with President George W. early in his first term. Reenacting that visit, Bush imitates the incredulous look on his cousin’s face when he mentioned Athenahealth: “He was like, ‘You’re CEO of a company?’ And in my head I was like, ‘Well, if you can be President, I can be CEO!’” ....

As Bush plots the future path for Athena, he’s also redefining his own life. He’s going through a divorce from his second wife. Now he’s trying to find balance between running his company and spending time with his five kids from his first marriage. Bush took a step back this year when he took an eight-week sabbatical, taking advantage of an Athena employee policy. He skied, he traveled to the Sochi Olympics, and he spent a week shadowing an Army colonel at Fort Hood to glean leadership lessons. He says he never checked Athena’s stock price once. ....

This story is from the January 2015 issue of Fortune.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015, 01:57 PM

5. A farewell kick for Sunday morning reading. n/t

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Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:24 PM

6. He's smart. Plus, he's scary.

Michael Moore wrote he met the guy and got scared just talking with him for a few seconds.

That takes some doing.

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