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George P. Bush starts small amid high expectations



FRISCO, Texas (AP) — On a recent evening, George P. Bush was telling a packed room of wealthy North Texans how he got his start in politics. It was May 1979 and the then 3-year-old was in a Houston park, clutching a balloon and watching his grandfather, George H.W. Bush, announce his first campaign for president.

"It was my first memory," Bush recalled. "I was wearing a George P. Bush, er, uh, George H.W. Bush for President T-shirt."

Drowned out temporarily by laughter, Bush insisted it wasn't a Freudian flub. An aide approached a reporter scribbling notes and jokingly commanded: "Stop writing!"

The light moment underscores the dilemma of the latest scion of an American political dynasty. How does Bush keep his family's powerful past from overwhelming his present? How can he ease into his first campaign for elected office amid lofty expectations that he will help save a Republican Party in Texas that's endangered by the state's booming Latino population?

Bush, 37, says he's more than just a famous surname. Both his grandfather and uncle were presidents; his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, may run for the White House in 2016. (full story here)

[Last modified: Monday, July 22, 2013 11:20am]


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