In a panel discussion held by the Hispanic Leadership Network, former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush declared himself the first Latino governor of his state when explaining his interest in public policy issues affecting the Hispanic community.
“For those that are traditionalists, you know that the way that you used to meet in like 500 years ago in colonial Spain or in Spain, the way you would meet your significant other would be to go after mass which would be on the central square, in Mexico the version in 1974 was dando la vuelta, basically going around the plaza, the traditional way was that women would be chaperoned going clockwise or counterclockwise and men would be unchaperoned doing the exact opposite and I had a modern version of that where I met, I saw my wife who was in car, dando la vuelta,” said Bush, the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.
“I was on the central plaza and I literally, I can honestly say to this day that it was love at first sight, I mean, knock down, crazy love, lost 30 pounds, totally, I was so disoriented, I didn’t know what to do. Once I got my footing back, I decided I was going to figure out a way to convince her to be my wife in which it took way too long, it took like 3 years.”
“After I met her, I got interested in Latin America for some odd reason and got a degree in Latin American studies and my whole life became more orientated toward this,” Bush continued. “So, if Bill Clinton is the first black president, I’m definitely the first Cuban at least or Latino governor of the State of Florida.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison was the first to refer to Clinton as “our first black president.”