At a gala ceremony in Philadelphia on September 10, 2013, former Governor Jeb Bush honored former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton with the prestigious Liberty Medal on behalf of the National Constitution Center. The medal was presented “in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and for her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.”
Said the National Constitution Center chairman, Governor Jeb Bush:
Former Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to serving and engaging people across the world in democracy. These efforts as a citizen, an activist, and a leader have earned Secretary Clinton this year’s Liberty Medal.
At the time, conservatives were taken aback that Clinton would be so honored almost a year to the date of the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. One conservative group released an online video at the time proclaiming Jeb Bush “unelectable” to the presidency for having presented the prestigious award.
L. Brent Bozell III, who runs the group ForAmerica, said:
It’s bad enough that Hillary Clinton will likely use footage from this event against any Republican nominee, but if Jeb Bush is her opponent she will make him look ridiculous.
Fast-forward to April 2015: establishment favorite Jeb Bush is fixing to throw his hat in the ring any day now. In reaction to Hillary’s campaign launch, Jeb Bush was one of the first Republicans to criticize “her efforts” as a leader, tying her ideas on foreign policy to President Obama’s agenda.
Said Bush in a video released by his Right to Rise PAC:
It’s critical we change the direction our country is heading. We must do better than the Obama-Clinton foreign policy that has damaged relationships with our allies and emboldened our enemies — better than their failed big government policies that grow our debt and stand in the way of real economic growth and prosperity.
One of the most damaging perceptions people have of Hillary Rodham Clinton is that she “lacks sincerity.” That the leading Democrat candidate in the 2016 presidential campaign has a massive integrity problem is a major boon for Republicans — unless the GOP candidate has the same problem. As Jeb Bush himself said, “we must do better” than that.