Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Republican

Highest office held:
Governor of Florida

Notable quote:
“The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally...and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony...It’s an act of love, an act of commitment to your family.”

Jeb Bush

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of Jeb Bush, known for its punctuated logo and for being the third in a family line to pursue the Oval Office, died on Feb. 20, 2016. It was 250 days old.

The campaign was born on June 15, 2015, to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose full name is actually John Ellis Bush. Pundits immediately seized on how the campaign’s logo, just the word ‘Jeb’ followed by an exclamation point, seemed to pull away from Bush’s family name.

It seemed strange to many that, even though name recognition was what put Bush in first place when he entered the race, he wanted to move away from his family’s presidential legacy. It was inevitable that his formerly presidential brother and father would come up, and when it did, Bush’s campaign capitalized on it.

Over the duration of its time in the presidential race, the campaign stood for itself even when criticized. Bush refused to apologize for speaking Spanish and demanded an apology from Donald Trump when Trump made offensive comments about Columba Bush, Jeb’s wife. (Trump never did.) Bush even defended his stance on Common Core, a divisive issue for many conservatives.

A major hit to Bush’s campaign came with the Iowa caucuses, where Bush came in sixth place. It also had a poor showing in New Hampshire and South Carolina, where Bush took sixth and fourth places respectively. It was after the poor showing in South Carolina that Bush decided to suspend his campaign.

The campaign is survived by its family legacy, as it always will be.