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Barbara Bush: ‘I changed my mind’ about Bush dynasty

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Two years ago, former first lady Barbara Bush said there had been "enough Bushes" in the White House.

On Friday night here, the family matriarch declared -- lest there be any doubt -- that she had changed her mind.

At a gala dinner in Bonita Springs, Jeb Bush welcome guests to the 15th annual Celebration of Reading, a literacy charity event sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation. Bush, who is preparing for a 2016 presidential run, recalled from the stage his mother's earlier remarks that their dynastic family was over-represented in the White House.

At that, Barbara Bush popped up on two jumbo screens in the ballroom via Skype.

"Jeb!" she interrupted him. "Jeb, it’s Mom. Listen, what do you mean, ‘too many Bushes’?... I changed my mind!”

The dinner attendees burst into applause.

The nation’s problems were so big, Barbara Bush added, “it doesn’t matter what your last name is.”

“Hey, Mom,” Jeb Bush replied, “can I get that in writing?... Mother, I love you. You’re the greatest mother in the world."

Barbara Bush then said, "Look who I've got with me tonight," and she moved her computer camera across the room to her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, who sat in a chair smiling.

The elder Bushes remained connected on Skype for the remainder of the dinner program.