Jeb Bush came under heavy criticism Friday after he said during a discussion of the recent mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College that “stuff happens.” But video of the event suggests his remarks were taken out of context.
Some observers weighed in on the alleged gaffe, which occurred at a presidential forum in South Carolina, claiming that Bush was dismissing the shooting, which left 10 dead.
In Greenville, South Carolina, Jeb Bush, arguing against calls for gun control after major tragedy, says, "stuff happens."
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) October 2, 2015
President Obama also weighed in, saying in a press conference shortly after the news of Bush’s comments broke that, “I don’t even think I have to react to it.”
But video and a transcript of Bush’s full remarks have been interpreted differently by other observers.
Rather than referring to Thursday’s shooting as mere “stuff,” he seems to be speaking generally of difficult events he faced as governor of Florida.
Just watched a feed of the Jeb "stuff happens" remark. Verbate: pic.twitter.com/rempF9HJz2
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 2, 2015