Presidential Families: Bush and Clinton


With yesterday’s announcement that Hillary Rodham Clinton is indeed going to make a run for president of the United States In 2016, she faces an interesting dilemma. Namely, to go with the Clinton legacy, or try to forge ahead as just good old Hillary. (By the way, it’s Hillary with two l’s, not one.)

Husband Bill is a very divisive character: folks either love him or hate him. Yet it will be difficult for Hillary to trot out Bill when appropriate and keep him under wraps when he’d be a detriment to her cause. The way I see it, she’s stuck with him so make the most of it.

You fought the British to get away from kings and queens and royal families, yet sometimes it looks a whole lot like the concept of ruling families is what you’re creating.

But Rodham Clinton’s foray into the presidential race makes me wonder if the US has ceased creating presidential citizens. There have been Bush family members, George Herbert Walker and George Walker. Son/brother Jeb is rumored to be interested in running. William Jefferson Clinton and now Hilary Rodham Clinton. Is this a closed shop? Can a non-member of the Bush/Clinton  group have a go?

Certainly Barack Obama was not a member of that group, but his eight years in office may go down in history not only as the first time an African American was elected, but also as a mere respite from the Bush/Clinton Group. Just a blip in history.

C’mon … with a population of 318 million people it is hard to believe that you can’t come up with another family. Should Hilary get elected twice, by the end of her second term twenty-eight of the preceding 36 years will have seen a member of the Bush/Clinton Group as president. You fought the British to get away from kings and queens and royal families, yet sometimes it looks a whole lot like the concept of ruling families is what you’re creating.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

One thought on “Presidential Families: Bush and Clinton

  1. Yes, we have political families. This generation has the Bush family)(pere et fils), a couple of Roosevelts (cousins), 2 Adamses (pere et fils). There would have been a Kennedy dynasty, but by bullet, accident, and disinterest, they are no longer a force in the arena. Families come into prominence and disappear, often barely remembered a generation later. We don’t have any official sanction for them, so unless the kids WANT to go into politics — and most don’t — they go away on their own. For all the similarities, the differences are more important. No palaces, no official recognition. No law of inheritance. No throne. No special privileges, except what money buys. Bill Gates has more power than the whole Bush family combined.

    The closest thing America (originally England) has to a royal family are the Barrymores. And they are show biz. THAT is an industry that breeds dynasties.

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