Elder Bush would like to see 2nd son Jeb as president

Reuters | January 4, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush said on Sunday he'd like to see his second son, Jeb, become President of the United States some day.

Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, Bush said his second son, a former Governor of Florida, had all the qualifications to serve in the White House.

Jeb Bush, 55, has said he was considering running for a U.S. Senate seat representing Florida in 2010. The current incumbent, Republican Mel Martinez, has announced he is stepping down.

"I'd like to see him run. I'd like to see him be president one day, or senator, whatever, yes I would," said Bush, who served as president from 1989-1993.

"Right now is probably a bad time. We've had enough Bushes in there," he added.

Bush and the current incumbent, George W. Bush, are the second father and son in U.S. history to serve as President. John Adams was the second president and his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth.

No father has ever been followed by two sons into the White House.

George W. Bush will leave office on Jan. 20 with approval ratings hovering just below 30 percent in many polls, some of the lowest of any president in history.