May 18, 2014

START PICKING THE DRAPES:

Jeb Bush, looking more seriously like a 2016 contender, hits the road (Alex Leary, 5/18/14, Tampa Bay Times)

Two appearances last week in starkly different settings -- a black-tie dinner Monday in Manhattan and a commencement address Saturday at the Christian college that bears this town's name -- suggest that the former Florida governor is summoning the energy and exposing his strengths and weaknesses for a 2016 campaign.

"If you feel inspired to serve your fellow citizens, don't let the ugliness of politics keep you from pursuing public office. There's always room for informed, engaged, passionate leaders at every level of government," Bush told the graduates of Grove City College, an hour's drive north of Pittsburgh, imploring them to work hard in whatever they choose.

Speaking on the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, Bush said progress has been made, but "not nearly enough," citing an achievement gap between white students and minorities. He criticized a federal government that is "willingly violating" religious freedom and made the case for immigration reform as an economic engine.
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