Barbara Bush says Jeb “most qualified” for White House, says she canceled NYTimes subscription

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Barbara Bush reiterated her belief that her son, former Gov. Jeb Bush, is the “most qualified” person in the country to run for the White House in 2016.

The former First Lady and mother of the 43rd U.S. President recently praised her other son during an interview with Steve Doocy of “Fox & Friends.” She also admitted that she is not a fan of the New York Times.

“I don’t know if you’re a reader of The New York Times,” Doocy asked, referring to a recent Maureen Dowd column “Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb.”

“I did see that,” Bush responded. “Anything to make news.”

“Did you read about the man [whose] obituary … said, ‘don’t send flowers, don’t send donations to anything, cancel your New York Times subscription.’ So I did.”

“I say in this country, which is such a great country, there are more than three families,” she added.

Bush recently read The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, the newest historical narrative by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which examines the Progressive Era of the early 20th Century.

In it, Bush said, Kearns Goodwin points out  “in the year 1700, there were only three families.”

So she determined that “maybe it’s OK.”

“It just seems to me ridiculous in a country this size, that we didn’t have other families,” Bush said. “I mean we’ve got great governors — other people. I just don’t understand it.”

“Jeb’s given all he should give, because he’s worked awfully hard for a long time,” she continued.

“But he is the best qualified person in the country, there’s no question about it. Put me down as saying that.”

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