PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Students at Brown University had the chance to hear from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday.
Jeb Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and the brother of former President George W. Bush.
Jeb Bush spoke to a packed auditorium of students Wednesday, reflecting on his own race for the White House and what he hopes the future generation can learn from it, just days after his mother, Barbara Bush, was laid to rest.
“Some people asked whether or not I would be here mourning the loss of my mom,” Jeb Bush said. “What I’ve told people is, she would kick my butt if I didn’t show up for a commitment that I made.”
Jeb Bush mentioned the recent death of his mother and the recent hospitalization of his father in his opening remarks at the Ivy League school. He delivered the eulogy at his mother’s funeral service Saturday in Texas.
He said the former president is out of intensive care and will be leaving Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas on Friday. He had contracted an infection that had spread to his blood. Jeb Bush told the crowd his father is, “stronger than an ox.”
“I think he’s the greatest man alive and I want him to stay alive for a little bit longer,” Jeb Bush said.
He told students the world is a reflection of what we’re willing to accept and he knows people aren’t happy with the divide that currently exists in the country.
“One of the things we need to do is restore and change the toxic political environment that exists in our country,” Jeb Bush said.
Jeb Bush said every generation is different and he believes it’s okay to disagree with others opinions.
“The simple fact is a liberal is different than a conservative, but they still love their country,” Jeb Bush said.
“I hope you rise up and stand on the principal that decency and honor and consensus orientation is not a sign of weakness,” Jeb Bush added. “It’s a sign of American strength.”