Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday joked about his mother’s disciplinary style during a campaign event in New Hampshire.
He said that former First Lady Barbara Bush is “not as great as everybody thinks she is,” according to Politico.
“I jokingly say that when we were growing up in Midland, in Houston, that mom was fortunate not to have a child-abuse hotline available,” Bush told the crowd, according to Politico.
Bush added that “the discipline of learning right and wrong was her doing.”
The former Florida governor praised his father, former President George H.W. Bush as the “perfect, idyllic man” before circling back to his mother.
“But she was the one that taught us right and wrong, I can promise you that. And it’s worked out pretty good,” he said, according to Politico. “All the mistakes that I’ve made are my own doing, I can tell you that.”