In this selfie-obsessed generation, no candidate is safe, even a sexagenarian. But former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, while campaigning in his home state, proved that he’s learned a few new tricks.
While speaking at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches to a group of several hundred, he was asked how selfies have changed the campaign landscape.
"The selfie is now the 11th amendment of the bill of rights. It’s inspired by our framers and founders, apparently it is a requirement that you take one,” he said.
He admitted that he hopes the person taking it "has a long enough arm.”
"Or I will take over,” he threatened. He added, “For the record, young people do it better than older people."
Bush then stuck his arm out, and proceeded to give a training class.
"It’s cooler to do it diagonally rather than straight up, remember that, and it’s better to do it higher than lower, because you look skinnier. Am I right?” he asked. The audience responded with a resounding yes.
Earlier that day, Bush visited a friendly crowd in Hialeah, a largely Hispanic enclave of Miami-Dade country, where he visited with voters at Chico’s restaurant, a local haunt that’s familiar for Bush; he had campaigned there when running for governor back in 1998.
Throughout the day, Bush’s themes and questions echoed his location in diverse South Florida, discussing immigration, shutting down the Cuban embassy, and how to better relations with Latin America.
But he couldn’t escape the specter of the frontrunner in the Republican race. He was asked what he’d say to Donald Trump is he walked into the room at the West Palm Beach Convention Center. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate stands just four miles down the road.
"Donald, I’ll take you on one-on-one in the debate. Any time, any place. You name it, I’ll do it,” he said.