An unflattering profile of potential Republican presidential nominee John Ellis "Jeb" Bush published in the Boston Globe confirms what most would have suspected: he was the son of a famous politician who flaunted the rules with apparent impunity. Where have we heard this shit before? Oh yeah! It was in the run-up to his older brother's appointment to the office of President of the United States by the Supreme Court. Small world, eh?
Yep. Jeb was a pot smokin' slacker at Phillips Academy in Andover. Fellow classmates remember him as being "apolitical", unwilling to discuss issues in the news of the day... such as our country's involvement in Vietnam. His grades sucked, but not to the point where anyone at Phillips Academy would have had the balls to actually expel young Jeb (which would have required a set the size of melons, seeing as how Jeb's daddy was on the board of the school and was serving as a Congressman at the time). So he basically cruised along in a daze, like a lot of us did during our formative years, oblivious to the future political implications of majoring in "slacker chic".
One classmate says Jeb sold him some hashish, which this article says is a "stronger form of marijuana" (you can't make up this shit, people wouldn't believe you!) and got him stoned listening to Steppenwolf. I think Jeb would have fit in well at most of our parties, back in the day.
But then, none of us is trying to sit in the Oval Office. And I'm not saying anyone who smoked pot (or it's more powerful relative hashish) isn't suitable for the office... just saying political opponents tend to use that sort of shit against a person when they're trying to get elected. Personally, I think anyone who grew up in the sixties and seventies who didn't smoke pot or hashish ought to be forbidden from serving in elected office. That person would have to have been some sort of clueless goose-stepping fascist, which is the last thing we need running America.
It's far more damning in my eyes that "young" Jeb bullied a fellow student. Having grown up shorter than anyone in my class all the way through high school, I can sympathize with a short kid getting picked on by larger, stronger, more wealthy kids in school. The fact that "old" Jeb claims to have no memories of that event strikes me as disingenuous, at best. If he's willing to admit he smoked pot and hash, he should own up to having bullied a short kid.
Note to Jeb, here's how it's done: the next time some nosy reporter asks you about fucking with the pajamas of a short guy back in prep school, tell 'em the truth. Say "Yes, I was a young rich kid in a tony prep school my daddy helped run, and while there I sometimes took liberties with the school's rules, the law, and with some of my less privileged classmates. If I hurt anyone's feelings, or humiliated anyone with my callous bullying, I apologize."
I'd vote for a guy who had that kind of courage. But only if he wasn't a Bush. Or a Republican. Or an asshole.