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They aren't exactly school chums, but President Obama and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plan to share a stage and also their goals for education reform Friday at an event in Miami.

The White House said the president will talk about "how winning the future in education will require investments that promote shared responsibility among everyone involved; reform at the state and local levels and focus on achieving results."

Bush, who served two terms as Florida's governor, would probably be a rival to the president next year were it not for the plummeting popularity of his brother George W. Bush during the latter's second term in the Oval Office. That seems to have foreclosed the possibility that a third Bush would run for president in 2012.

Clearly, Jeb Bush resented Obama's frequent references to having "inherited" an economic mess from Dubya after he took office in January 2009. Jeb has compared Obama to a kid claiming "the dog ate my homework" and called him "Hubert Humphrey on steroids" -- a reference to Obama's liberalism. More recently, he praised Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels the "anti-Obama" because Daniels does not pretend to have the silky smoothness that Obama displays in public appearances.

But Obama has dropped the blame game from his public comments of late, and honored former President George H.W. Bush with a Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House last month. So there may be a thaw. Jeb Bush's office said this week the ex-governor looks "forward to sharing Florida's model for student success with President Obama and Secretary Duncan."

Obama is traveling to the Sunshine State with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the former Chicago schools chief, for the classroom event at Miami Central High School. But before heading south, the president has a private meeting in Washington with Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff for most of Obama's first two years on the job.

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I think Obama forgets how he speaks about the Bush family. I often wondered why he was so bitter about them. I don't know why Jeb would give him the time of day, frankly. Their methods and plans regarding educational goals are miles apart. Jeb Bush believes in less interference by the feds and encourages parent interaction and involvement in their children's education, wants more availabliity for private schools, vouchers, etc. and thinks the State should handle these needs.

March 05 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

As usual, Obama is off doing politicking, NOT the People's Business! An utter failure as president! He will be on Florid's choice golf course this weekend, working out in some high class gym, and playing BB! Never worked a day in his life! Obama will be out in 2012!

March 05 2011 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon Stevenson

Kudos to both Obama and Jeb Bush. Education has to remain way above the pettiness of politics. Learning is the province of serious concern for one's kids, grandkids, neighbor kids, etc. and for the future of our country—NOT for one's next election campaign. And praise be to Politics Daily for advancing Weiss' "civilogue." Love it! And since this is the first time I can ever remember visiting PD, I'll certainly be a return viewer. Congrats on good citizenship and salesmanship!

March 04 2011 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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