US President Barack Obama has backed Jeb Bush’s candidature for the 2016 presidential race, saying he loves the Bush family and share a good personal relationship with them.
Obama said that the former Florida governor is a good contender for the top post and holds “every right” to run in 2016.
“The Bush family, I love personally,” Obama said during an exclusive interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir.
While talking about his personal relations with the Bush family, the American President said, “They are good people. Jeb’s father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people. Obviously I have a lot of disagreements with Jeb and his brother on policy. But I think they have every right to do what they think is best.”
But the US president didn’t miss to hail his former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who is also expected to announce her decision early next year on contesting the presidential election.
Obama said, “Clinton would make an excellent president.”
“I think so highly of her and I’ve said before and will continue to say I think she’d be an excellent president, Obama said during the interview.
Bush has already made the official announcement of contesting the 2016 presidential polls, but Clinton maintains the mystery over her candidature and is likely to reveal her plans early next year.
While announcing his candidature, Bush has said that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States.”
According to Obama, the most significant thing about democracy is that “anybody can run for the top post, even the son of and brother of former presidents”.