From The Atlantic:
By Hanna Rosin
… Who she is is a harder question, due in part to her reluctance to develop a public persona or talk to the press. (She wouldn’t talk to me, even with campaign season heating up, although Jeb and I corresponded.) Bush loyalists bristle at the idea that Columba would have trouble fitting into the role of first lady in the White House. One scolded me that the press was just being “stupid” and “lazy” by saying that she hates public life and failing to recognize all the causes she has taken up over the past 15 or so years.
… But as a modern first lady, she’ll be expected to come out from behind the scenes. And whether she likes it or not, what she does and how she feels will affect her husband as a person and as a candidate—and that interplay will be endlessly dissected.
But the most likely explanation for why Columba Bush has such a subterranean profile in the English-speaking world, one that Rosin never seems to stumble upon, is because she’s never learned to speak English well. She has plenty of personality in videos of her speaking Spanish.
In this video, for instance, she’s doing fine conducting a First Lady of Florida-style interview in Spanish.
She doesn’t speak English well, so Jeb speaks Spanish at home.
This is not just a personal problem for Jeb Bush’s run for President, it’s a major ideological one.
We’re supposed to believe Jeb’s assurances that his beloved tens of millions of Mexican immigrants will seamlessly assimilate into American culture.
But the candidate’s own wife hasn’t learned to be comfortable in English after four decades of marriage to a Bush! Jeb has to speak a foreign language in his own home.
Jeb Bush has positioned himself as an expert on his favorite cause of immigration reform, assuring Americans that massive immigration from Latin American won’t lead to massive cultural change because of assimilation. But in the candidate’s own home, he’s had to assimilate to a foreign culture because of his own wife’s failure to assimilate to America during their 40 years of marriage!