In the same interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader during which he declared that Americans aren’t working long enough hours, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush also said that President Barack Obama uses too many big words.
You don’t have to be the world’s policeman, but we have to be the world’s leader—and there’s a huge difference. This guy, this president and Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry. when someone disagrees with their nuanced approach—where it’s all kind of so sophisticated it makes no sense, you know what I’m saying? Big-syllable words and lots of fancy conferences and meetings—but we’re not leading, that creates chaos, it creates a more dangerous world.
Bush went on to blame the perceived distance between the White House and the Israeli government on Obama not having a good personal relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “You don’t have to have a good relationship with your counter-party, you have to recognize the security importance of that relationship is not just for us and Israel, it’s for the Middle East.”
So, which is it? Is Obama an overly cerebral professor-president or a petulant child?
“My aspirations for the country, and I believe we can achieve it, is for 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see,” Bush said. “Which means we have to be a lot more productive. Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families. That’s the only way we are going to get out of this rut that we’re in.”
And on market-based solutions to problems emerging as a result of climate change:
“Ultimately,” he said, “there’s going to be a person in a garage somewhere that’s going to come up with a disruptive technology that’s going to solve these problems and I think markets need to be respected in this regard.”