Jeb Bush flubs Marvel superhero question, declares teenage Supergirl ‘pretty hot’


By now, most of you know that I can’t stand Donald Trump. But did you also know that I absolutely love the fact that Trump keeps taking swipes at Jeb Bush and Jeb’s candidacy has subsequently crashed and burned? Jeb will forever be associated with Trump’s amazing “low energy” insult, plus whenever Jeb tried to react to Trump, Jeb almost always f—ks up his response and ends up offending more people. It doesn’t help matters that Jeb truly is low energy, plus he’s absolutely awful at campaigning and speaking on his own behalf. He’s awkward, short-tempered and uncomfortable most of the time.

So you’d think that Jeb (or Jeb!, as his campaign insists) would have been happy enough to play along with some softball questions at an event Wednesday evening. After talking about policy, Jeb was asked about Marvel superheroes. And he f—ked it up. It’s not even that he didn’t know the difference between DC and Marvel superheroes, because in the long-run, that doesn’t mean much (sorry, fan-boys) considering the fact that Jeb is 62 years old and probably only watches Clint Eastwood movies. The problem is that he acted like he didn’t even understand the question, so his mind just went to the teenage Supergirl character. Jeb! thinks Supergirl – traditionally an underage teenage girl – is “pretty hot.” Jeb! is 62.

After nearly an hourlong discussion on serious policy, Jeb Bush was thrown a softball Wednesday night while speaking at an event in Las Vegas: Who is your favorite Marvel superhero? Bush was amused that he was being asked the question but struggled to come up with an immediate answer. And then, as he confessed after the fact, dug himself into a hole.

“I like watching the movies. I wish I owned Marvel, as someone that believes in capitalism,” Bush said, speaking at the Libre Forum in North Las Vegas. “I don’t know, I’m kinda old school. I like the old school guys like Batman, a little dark these days.”

But then he kept going, saying that he saw an ad for the new CBS show “Supergirl” featuring former “Glee” actress Melissa Benoist.

“I saw it when I was working out this morning,” he said. “She looked kinda … she looked pretty hot. I don’t know which channel it’s on, but I’m looking forward to that.”

He paused, letting the audience laugh, then added: “That’ll make news.”

Supergirl, it should be noted, is a character from Marvel’s rival comic universe DC, as is Batman.

[From CNN]

Oh, Jeb. You awkward, low energy, creepy old man. For all of the crap that Hillary Clinton gets for presenting herself as someone made-by-committee, can’t we say the same about Jeb? Only Jeb’s committee consistently fails at their job. No one around Jeb would ever think to tell Jeb that The Avengers movies are pretty good, or that he might win some fans by declaring, “Who cares about Marvel? I’m more of a DC Comics guy!” This is what happens when Jeb Bush goes off script… a 62-year-old man declared a teenage girl to be “super hot” and publicly creeps on the idea of watching her in action. Jeb needs to turn over his exclamation point. His new campaign name is:

JEB :(



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  1. MND says:

    More like “I’m a grown man running for President – as if I’d care about something as trite as superheroes and comic books”

    • MeeMow says:

      It’s okay for politicians to express that they have interests outside of politics. Minimizing something so popular by implying it’s beneath him wouldn’t gain him any points. After all, doesn’t he have grandkids that have seen these movies?

    • Wren says:

      Perhaps a bit condescending, but there’s no shame in admitting you don’t really follow all of that. He could have just said he wasn’t sure and maybe he’d ask his grandkids who they think is the best. Question averted and family man status reinforced! Damn, that was easy.

    • jennifer says:

      Yes. That was a stupid question.

  2. Tiffany says:

    It hurts to write this but President Bush had some hint of charisma.

    This is brutal, JEB!

    • Pedro45 says:

      IKR? Who would have thought that Jeb could make W look better in comparison?

    • belle de jour says:

      You are watching a man drown in his own ambivalence, a privileged son unable to sleepwalk into the legacy he accepted was his, and a candidate screw up his chances at a job I don’t believe he actually wants.

      There’s a reason they had to desperately tack that absurd ! to his name.

  3. Lilacflowers says:

    John Ellis Bush was a bully and a pusher when he attended Phillips Academy. No surprise the jerk would consider a teenage girl hot. The men in that family have never shown respect for women or women’s lives, no matter how often they shove Barbara Bush at us.

    • vauvert says:

      It does not surprise me that this was what he came up with. An older, white, Republican male making a comment on a woman, what else would he say other than she is or not hot? That is all they ever see or think of when they look at a woman. Not brains or accomplishments or potential. Just whether she is f*ckable or not.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      And Barbara Bush was no friend to other women either. A flat-out, “I won’t say it, but it rhymes with witch.”

  4. tracking says:

    What a tone deaf remark. He could have thrown women a bone and said it’s nice to see more empowering female superheroes, but this never would have occurred to him. Commenting on her hotness is symptomatic of how he, and men of his ilk, view women.

    • doofus says:

      exactly, because to him, and men like him, and men who would vote for him, being “hot” is what’s most important about a woman, superhero or regular person.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Or a teenage girl. But he probably refers to most women as “girls” any way so it probably didn’t dawn on the pig that he was discussing someone underage.

    • MarryHo says:

      *Stop interjecting feminist BS into everything . Women are not dogs to throw bones at…I don’t want bones from any man or woman for that matter. There was Wonder Woman super hero during his time, so female comic book heroes are nothing new.

      * He must have meant “pretty hot” in a grandfatherly way..nothing creepy there

    • Wren says:

      It just came across as rather stupid to me. I don’t want bones thrown to me either, he doesn’t owe women a “yay for female superheros” remark. He was probably frantically racking his brains for the name of some super hero, any super hero, to throw out there. I doubt he had any idea Supergirl is supposed to be a minor. He just saw the trailer for the show on TV and was like, “Yeah, that’s new and hip, right? I’ll throw that one out there!” And, not being especially creative or knowing anything about the character, summed up his appreciation in the way that many, many men (and not even just douchebags) do.

      • tracking says:

        His “appreciation,” for real? Lmao.

      • Wren says:

        What? He clearly knows nothing about the character or the comics universes, so what else is going to base his opinion on? He’s hardly in the minority of men here (as in, he saw a picture of an attractive woman and only remembered that he thought she was hot), so I don’t see why it’s a big deal. Out of touch old man is out of touch.

  5. ncboudicca says:

    Oh Kaiser, I hope you’ve already trademarked that ” Jeb :-( ” because Trump’s campaign is going to steal it by the end of the day! LOL

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Yeah, that was creepy. But to compare him to Hillary Clinton? Unfair. He’s boring, he’s not articulate and he’s too conservative for me, but don’t think he’s a liar and utterly without character.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      In high school, he was a bully and a drug pusher. He may have stopped selling drugs but he probably is still a bully. And as far as character, both of his sons were accused of assaulting women so he didn’t pass respect for women onto them.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        He has done and said lots of things that were problematic, and no, I don’t think he is good at all on women’s issues. I didn’t know him in high school, and dont know about the bully or drug pusher stories, but then I doubt most people want to be judged by who they were in high school.

        When they were teenagers, one of the sons drove his car onto the front lawn of his girlfriend’s house and tried to break into the house the night they broke up. The father chased him away. The other son, at 17, was arrested for having sex with his 16 year old girlfriend in the parking lot of a mall. No charges were filed.

        I’m not a Bush defender, I would never vote for him, and I adore you, but I don’t hold him responsible for these minor antics of his teenage children in which no one one was hurt. I wouldn’t call either an assault. That’s not really a fair assessment of his character, or lack of it. My parents are as good as they come, and my brother was as wild as they come. It’s not always the parents’ fault.

        I could write a book, and people have, on Hillary and her adult behavior. But I’m sort of just waiting for her to be president now. Sort of numb. Frankly, I think it’s pathetic that we can’t do better than either one of them.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        I’ve yet to see him be half way decent on any issue, not just women’s issues, but I understand your point and I adore you too.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Don’t worry, Lilacflowers, he doesn’t stand a chance. ❤️

      • It'sJustBlanche says:

        Funny story: I lived in Tallahassee in my 20s and I dated one of the special agents who was assigned to the governor for protection. Jeb was not governor then, he wasn’t even all that involved in politics, but he was the president son and as such was often invited to state functions. Unfortunately, Jeb was also widely known as an idiot, so one of the special agents would often be assigned to keeping Jeb! away from all the real politicians. Imagine my surprise when he became governor of Florida.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Ha! Idiot patrol.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I think adult Jeb Bush defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida. Then he bragged about it. That tells me enough about his character.

  7. Anniefannie says:

    Is it a requirement of Republican candidates to be a hot mess?!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think it must be.

    • Cricket says:

      Why limit it to Republicans? I think the whole lot of politicians are a hot mess! Being a mess does not a party make. I find it beyond disheartening to think this is the best we can do.. there are so many brilliant people in our country that would make excellent presidents but with the circus surrounding the job why would they subject themselves and their families to it. So we are left with a bunch of egotists that border on psychopaths.

      • Dana m says:

        I totally agree with you cricket. They are ALL a hot mess… Not just the republicans. Even some of the democrats are stepping out of the clown car with Donald Trump.

        I know American must has some outstanding citizens that would fit well in either party….they are out there somewhere. Maybe next election…

  8. Mia4s says:

    I actually love to tell huge comic book fans (adults) that my favourite Marvel character is Batman.

    Yes I know he’s DC, but the RAGE is hilarious!

  9. Seraphina says:

    I am shocked that his mind went straight to capitalism and his love of making money. WOW. I’m sure he was caught off guard but these are the questions that shine on true personality. Speaks volumes about him.

    And in trying to seem normal he came across kinda creepy with that hot comment.

  10. PHD Gossip says:

    Kaiser, you are as talented at covering politics as you are covering gossip!
    Please keep up the political posts.

  11. Marianne says:

    TBF, he was specifically talking about Melissa Benoist who is not a teenager and is also not playing a teenager.

    Secondly, couldnt he have just said something like “Sorry, I don’t really have one. I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff”. I mean, it would have made him look like less of an idiot.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:


    • SloaneY says:

      I’m sure he didn’t know that information when he watched a 29 second commercial and then proceeded to call her hot on his own campaign trail.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      The guy doesn’t know the difference between Marvel and DC so I doubt he knows the actual age of the actress playing the part, unless he has met her.

    • Naddie says:

      Exactly. Melissa looks like a teen, but she’s 27 ( I’m shocked, actually). I’m not saying it’s ok to say such a stupid, sexist thing, but she’s far from teenage years. Or, maybe he would have said that even if she was 10 years younger, that would be gross.

    • Angel L says:

      Supergirl on the TV show is not playing a teenager. She is playing someone out of college seemingly at their first job (big newspaper company), so early 20′s.

    • Naya says:

      The actresses real age is irrelevant IMO. She is presented as a high school student and unless Jeb has been surfing IMDB in his free time I doubt he knew her real age.

      Age notwithstanding, if your first thought in discussing a female super hero is to assess her “hotness”, you have a lot more in common with The Donald than you think.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree it was an inappropriately comment for a man his age to make, period. Or a man of any age who wants to be taken seriously.

      • wrinkled says:

        She’s not though. She’s supposed to be 24.

      • Angel L says:

        on the tv show she is not a high school student. She is a working woman.

        Still inappropriate but not as salacious as it is being made out to be.

      • Esmom says:

        Exactly. Maybe I’m a prude but I really don’t want to hear presidential candidates referring to characters or people as “hot.” And noting their physical appearance above all other qualities.

        I get that he was caught off guard but this is one of those questions, “fluffy” as it may be, which actually, cleverly, reveals more about a person’s true character than other questions that might be perceived as more hard hitting.

  12. Don't kill me I'm French says:

    Did anyone read his commentary on the mass shooting ? ” Stuff happens”

    • Lilacflowers says:

      Yes, I did and wasn’t shocked by it because he comes from a family that has absolutely no respect for human life and will gladly accept buckets of money from gun lobbyists. But I do have to wonder why such stuff rarely, if ever, happens in the rest of the world? That question clearly has never crossed his little mind.

      • Don't kill me I'm French says:

        I don’t understand how some persons still can think that this guy can be a candidate for president after that .

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lilacflowers, I did more research on him, and I think you’re pretty much on the money. I didn’t know how shady he was, but he has been involved in a lot of questionable stuff.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @GNAT, I think most of the family is ethically challenged. And I don’t know what to make of the fact that one of them named a child Pierce Bush.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I know what you mean DKMIF …

        That quote (and the other Oregon-related quotes from the other presidential candidates) were the subject of the editorial in my local (Aussie) newspaper that weekend.

        The basic gist was that the general American criticism of those statements was a resigned: “you’re wrong” or “that was insensitive”, while the Aussie criticism would have been an outraged “wtf? you can’t say that!” Which kind of matches what I saw here on CB. There was definitely criticism and people disagreeing, but there just wasn’t the universal outrage I’d have expected.

  13. Alice too says:

    I don’t like the guy one bit. But I suppose it’s entirely possible that his mind went back to the Comic books he read as a kid/teenager and hasn’t looked at since. At least he didn’t bring up Betty and Veronica…

  14. OhDear says:

    How is this appropriate in any way coming from a presidential candidate?

    His campaign should really be “Jeb?!” instead.

  15. What's inside says:

    Out of touch due to the box he is living in and boy does it show.

  16. Bambilee23 says:

    I agree that it’s super creepy, but considering he’s probably had zero exposure to supergirl aside from an ad for the show, it’s probably fair to point out that the actress is 27 years old.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      And he is still a 62 year old guy seeking to be president. His response to a general superhero question should not be that he thinks a female character is sexually attractive

  17. minx says:

    Another stupid, entitled member of the Bush family.

  18. JenB says:

    You know, I really do like George HW Bush as person. I think he’s a good man. (I’m a democrat all the way, but just speaking about my personal impression.) What the heck happened to his sons??

    • Tiffany says:

      I am with you on that. During W’s terms he all but hitched his wagon to Bill on the charity front. And radio silence for JEB. I think these things are telling.

      Maybe the rumors are true and JEB only went into politics to appease Mom. He hinted at it on Colbert.

    • Esmom says:

      We just talked about GHWB’s likability and integrity in my book club, most of whom are also Democrats. Good question. I do find myself having more compassion for W now that he’s out of office.

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Call me hard hearted, but I have no compassion for presidents who had no compassion for people — their own (health care; stem cell research; Hurricane Katrina), or the countries they wrongly invaded and bombed. The entire Bush family is corrupt, amoral and self-serving.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      GHWB was director of the CIA when it was doing really bad things around the world. Iran-Contra was his. His people were responsible for the extremely racist Willie Horton ad against Mike Dukakis. And he was not into fidelity.

  19. Chinoiserie says:

    Obviously a really poor comment but he probbaly did not know that Supergirl was supposed to be teenager since I did not know that.

  20. lucy2 says:

    Jeb! looks like the title of a bad ABC sitcom. Maybe one about a dynasty politician who can’t do anything right?
    The Supergirl show looks terribly cheesy.

  21. Sochan says:

    I just can’t with this guy. For many reasons. I find it majorly arrogant for a man to run for president when his brother and father already had the post. The arrogance! I hate his air of dynastic entitlement.

  22. Triple Cardinal says:

    Jeb isn’t a stupid man. But he is utterly without integrity. He’s a political machine.

    For those who want a taste of what Jeb is like, Google “Jeb Bush devious plans” and read up on how he conducts himself when he thinks no one will catch on to him.

    He is contemptible.

    • Sochan says:

      “He is a political machine”, best description! That is what he is. The worst personification of a “politician” with all the traditional negative connotations of that word.

  23. Jess says:

    What a moron. And I agree with you, Kaiser – the best thing about Trump is what he’s done to Jeb!

  24. cutelittlehappything says:

    Every time I see his face I think “DOOORRRP!”

  25. Dr. Funkenstein says:

    Smartest thing he could have said would have been, “Wow, I know you aren’t going to believe this, but NOBODY prepped me for a question like that. Ya got me.” The crowd would have loved it.

  26. Lilacflowers says:

    JEB is laying off campaign staff and cutting the salaries of those he keeps.

    • Triple Cardinal says:

      Jeb is struggling? Good news indeed. But don’t count him out until it’s official. He is sneaky beyond words.

      And, last I heard, he was sitting on a war chest of $100 million. He just may get a second wind.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        The whole family is sneaky beyond words and will do whatever it takes to get what they want. Ethics be darned.

  27. Chrissy says:

    Can someone suggest a good gossip site that stays away from politics? I have plenty of political sites to get info from. I used to love this page for just celebrity stuff … I have no need to hear political spin.