Politicians are generally seen as people who aren’t always with the times, in part due to the average politician’s age. But the latest in Republican Jeb Bush’s attempts to reach a different demographic has him instructing on something that’s more related to Kim Kardshian than politics: how to take a good selfie!
On December 28, Jeb Push posted on Twitter the latest in his hashtag series, “JebNoFilter,” in which the former Governor of Florida gives, in his own words, “a master class on selfies.” In the embedded video, a person asks about the role of the selfie in politics. “The selfie is now the 11th Amendment of the Bill of Rights,” Bush joked. “It’s a requirement that you take one and I do it with great joy in my heart.” He also noted that people want selfies with him now where they used to want signatures/autographs, and if the person’s arm isn’t long enough, he will be the one to hold the camera to take the picture.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 28, 2015
The video ends with Bush adding that “young people do it better than older people” before giving a “little training class” on taking a proper selfie. “It’s cooler to do it diagonally rather than straight up, remember that. And it’s better to do it higher than lower because you look skinnier.”
The “JebNoFilter” hashtag has been used for several videos like this one, which are meant to show the hopeful Presidential candidate in a way that better shows off his personality than the traditional political landscape. Previous videos to use the hashtag have included his reaction to finding out there are three Sharknado movies and him putting on a hoodie he received as a gift.
Unfortunately, the hashtag has not been well received by the media and followers alike. Critics have said the accompanying videos fail to portray Bush more positively, while commenters on Twitter took issue with him wasting time on unimportant/non-political topics and using money donated to the campaign for these videos. Perhaps it’s time for Jeb Bush to put the filter back on!