It’s true that way too much emphasis is placed on the oratorical skills of presidential candidates. One need look no further than the current example of the person holding the office, who rode a tide of moving, popular speeches straight to the presidency, then governed for what is now seven years of — whether you think they were successful or not — can certainly be considered less than what we all believed we were promised.
But that said. This is just god awful.
Speaking in response to the school shooting in Oregon that claimed nine lives, presidential aspirant Jeb Bush said, quite literally, stuff happens.
You know, stuff like senseless murder. Oopsie daisies. Here are his remarks, transcribed by Mother Jones:
“We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this,” Bush said. “I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very sad to see. But I resist the notion, and I had this challenge as governor—look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis. The impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”
Here’s a new rule I just made. If your initial reaction to another tragedy in what has become an epidemic in the country you claim you want to lead is ‘meh,’ you don’t get to be president.
Fuck off, Jeb.