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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]


Leave it to the French.

No sarcasm here. And no historical negative contrasts with other French events. This just itself on its own, an epic showing of unity and brotherhood (for now, whatever). Complete with participant-passersby in tri-corner hats and blue-white-red streamers in the wind. And American under-participation. In Vietnam when my ship pulled-in to the Army base down the river, we were allowed Liberty at the Army bar until 7 P.M. It was a race between us Americans and whatever Australians were in from their own land front: Whoever got there first won control of the bar:: If us Americans, everybody had separate tables of 2s and 3s in separate conversations. If the Australians, they pushed all of the tables together into one long banquet table, soon everybody (them, not us) singing something like "Waltzing Matilda" and swinging their drinks in the air in time. Something about joining together instead of holding apart. We never learned, if we "won" we always kept the tables separate.

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