November 1, 2015

Someone needs to explain to Jeb(!) Bush what the definition of "taken out of context" is. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Bush about his remarks at an event hosted by Sen. Tim Scott where he said this:

If this is an election about how we’re going to fight to get nothing done, I don’t want any part of it. I don’t want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people are literally in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation. I’ve got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.

Here's Bush's revisionist history from this Sunday:

CHUCK TODD: Well you know, a week ago, you seemed extraordinarily frustrated, and you're obviously frustrated now. Frustrated with the punditry class, a little frustrated with the debate.

JEB BUSH: No, look--

CHUCK TODD: But you went off. You said, "I got plenty of cool things to do. I don't--"

JEB BUSH: No, that was completely--

CHUCK TODD: --"need this." What did that mean?

JEB BUSH: --taken out of context. I got a standing ovation in front of 500 people, not all of whom were my supporters. This was Tim Scott's deal. Ask him. I mean, it was, there was a real connection there. What I was saying don't elect me if you want to maintain the gridlock. It's not about me. It's not about the personalities on the stage.

It's about fixing how we tax and regulate so that you can rise up. That's my mission. But don't vote for me if you think that I'm going to be part of that system and because I'm president I'll think that's a really cool thing. That's not what this is about. It's about leading. It's about public service. It's about fixing broken things that I know how to do because I got to do it as governor. And that's the story I told. It's easy in the digitized world to take things completely out of context. I'm serious: If you go back and ask the people in that room, I think you'd find a completely different mindset.

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