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Bush Embarrassed By Wife's Run-in With Customs (1999 Columba Bush Flashback)
Sun Sentinel ^ | 6/22/1999 | DAVID COX and JOHN KENNEDY

Posted on 05/16/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT by jimbo123

Florida first lady Columba Bush made a mistake and "feels horrible" about her embarrassing run-in with U.S. Customs agents late last week, a chagrined Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday.

"I can assure you it was a difficult weekend at our house," the governor said. "She knew that what she did was wrong and [she] made a mistake."

Columba Bush was briefly detained and fined at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday after her arrival following a five-day shopping spree in Paris. The governor was not with her. She declared only $500 worth of merchandise on a Customs form at the airport. But during a random check, agents found receipts indicating the governor's wife was toting about $19,000 worth of clothing and jewelry bought in France.

Using a personal check, she paid $4,100 in duty and fines on the items. She was then allowed to continue to Tallahassee.

Still, the episode dogged the governor on Monday when he was forced to answer questions about his wife's run-in before signing into law a sweeping education reform package.

"It is a lot of money. But look, that's between her and me," said Gov. Bush, adding that his wife was embarrassed by the incident. "The mistake was not filling out the form at Customs properly -- that was the mistake," said the governor, who has reported a net worth of $2.4 million.

The question on many people's minds was why Columba Bush, an accomplished international traveler, disclosed only $500 in purchases.

U.S. Customs spokesman Patrick Jones said it is routine for agents to ask travelers if their declaration forms are accurate before any attempt is made to search luggage.

(Excerpt) Read more at articles.sun-sentinel.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: amnesty; columbabush; crook; jebbush; nomorebushes; rulingclass

1 posted on 05/16/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Don’t go away mad, Jeb, just go away.


2 posted on 05/16/2014 6:25:43 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: jimbo123
"I can assure you it was a difficult weekend at our house," the governor said. "She knew that what she did was wrong and [she] made a mistake."

She's upset she got caught.

3 posted on 05/16/2014 6:26:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jimbo123

I don’t like Jeb Bush. I’m not fond of any of the Bushes except for Laura and Barbara. However, having been married twice (widowed once) it’s pretty clear to me that a man can’t be responsible for his wife’s actions. Calling lying a mistake; well, that’s just another “mistake”.


4 posted on 05/16/2014 6:31:01 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: jimbo123

I wonder how much merchandise Moochelle brings back “duty free” on AF 1?


5 posted on 05/16/2014 6:31:25 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: jimbo123

All that money and she had to do something like this.

Incredibly stupid.


6 posted on 05/16/2014 6:31:30 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: CPT Clay

Don’t have to shoot them down, they run into things and crash!


7 posted on 05/16/2014 6:31:44 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: jimbo123

Bu Bye Jebadia don’t let the door knob hit you in the ass on the way out. . . . .


8 posted on 05/16/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT by DeaconRed (# GIVE US OUR COUNTRY BACK- NOW! ! ! ! ! ! ! !)
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To: jimbo123

Customs forms are for little people, evidently.


9 posted on 05/16/2014 6:34:49 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: dfwgator

All we need is another Michelle Obama type in the White House.


10 posted on 05/16/2014 6:35:07 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: headstamp 2

The really stupid thing is that let’s say you’re in office. Most of the news media care more about something you did as a teenager, and will play that over anything you have to say with regards to a real policy matter right there, right now. That’s the rediculous part. Right now, they care so much freakin’ more about what Bush’s wife did then they do about the policies or his job as Florida Governor, that’s the rediculous part.


11 posted on 05/16/2014 6:35:31 AM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Morpheus2009

Whatever it takes to sink him now.


12 posted on 05/16/2014 6:36:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jimbo123

Shudda waited ‘til she was the 1st lady. Travelling on a Diplomatic passport you never have to worry about such plebeian problems, no inspection.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 6:36:23 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jimbo123

Palin’s out-of-wedlock grandson was scandalous, but Bush’s criminal wife and criminal/drug-addict children are somehow no reflection on him.


14 posted on 05/16/2014 6:36:36 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

At least she hasn’t killed anybody.


15 posted on 05/16/2014 6:37:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: CPT Clay

It shows that she’s a dishonest woman.


16 posted on 05/16/2014 6:37:22 AM PDT by Shimmer1
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To: 9YearLurker

Bush’s 2 sons have criminal records, too.


17 posted on 05/16/2014 6:37:38 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Typical liberal, lie to save money, then declare it was an oversight, wrong paperwork, turbo tax, whatever.


18 posted on 05/16/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democratic party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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To: jimbo123

Didn’t They Know Who She Was??? /s


19 posted on 05/16/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: jimbo123

Helps explain Jeb’s animus towards border security.


20 posted on 05/16/2014 6:45:50 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: jimbo123

21 posted on 05/16/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: jimbo123

One rule for me, another for thee.

Typical globalist elite.


22 posted on 05/16/2014 6:46:48 AM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: jimbo123

When most of us lie to a customs agent about a $19,000 import duty tax payment, we go to jail.

When the wife of Jeb Bush does it, the wife walks and Jeb gets embarrassed?

Just sayin’


23 posted on 05/16/2014 6:47:50 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: TexasCajun

Is that Jeb Bush’s wife? I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of her before. Someone needs to tell her about dresses with sleeves.


24 posted on 05/16/2014 6:48:14 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: rdcbn

25 posted on 05/16/2014 6:51:02 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: headstamp 2
If she was really trying to smuggle merchandise in don't you think she would have gotten rid of all of the paper receipts?
26 posted on 05/16/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: jimbo123

It isn’t right, of course. I HATE dishonesty. The fact that it happened in 1999 doesn’t make it OK. I’m not a Jeb Bush fan, but he better prepare himself for stuff like this, because it will come..


27 posted on 05/16/2014 6:55:46 AM PDT by Exit148
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To: dfwgator

Egads!

Regardless of political ideology, isn’t it our patriotic duty as US cisitzens to do our best to avoid confiscatory taxes and dump King George’s tea into the harbor? I’m not defending Jeb/Columba but, THIS is news?

And some of us get hammered on this site for being “purists” in choosing our candidates.


28 posted on 05/16/2014 7:04:18 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: dfwgator

You mean that puts him up a notch on the Bush/Kennedy scale?


29 posted on 05/16/2014 7:10:46 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: neodad

Great observation. Almost certainly in the millions. What are the procedures for declaring duty on her purchases? How does Customs interface with AF1 regarding international travel?


30 posted on 05/16/2014 7:11:30 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: TexasCajun

Jeb has aged poorly - or should shoot the photographer before his wife does.

Time to go gently into the evening of ones political life for the Bush family.


31 posted on 05/16/2014 7:17:53 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: GladesGuru

He’ll be fatter than Christie at the rate he’s going.


32 posted on 05/16/2014 7:18:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jimbo123

This will get Bush good support from the criminal illegal alien bunch that was just released by Obama and are now registering to vote.


33 posted on 05/16/2014 7:26:09 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: jimbo123

Not filling out the customs form properly wasn’t a ‘mistake’.

It was a lie.

She just thought she’d get away with it. The real question is how many times did she do that previously and already gotten away scot free?


34 posted on 05/16/2014 7:28:01 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: jimbo123

This plays into the worst sterotypes of the Republican Party.

While most/many American families are struggling to pay the bills, she can afford to travel to Paris and buy 19K worth of stuff and then try to avoid the tax.

How do you think that is going to play in middle America?

Privileged and out of touch.


35 posted on 05/16/2014 7:55:33 AM PDT by crusher2013
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To: dfwgator

I remember when this happened. She said she lied to customs because she was afraid to tell Jebbie she spent so much money.


36 posted on 05/16/2014 8:16:04 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TexasCajun

She’s a Halfling, a Hobbit.
And he’s a POS.

But series, how many of us have just flown in from Paris and remembered that we had five figures worth of loot in our suitcases that we got in the City of Light? No biggie, right?
No JEB! I’m bushed with these terds.


37 posted on 05/16/2014 8:17:09 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
She said she lied to customs because she was afraid to tell Jebbie she spent so much money.

How Conveeeeeeenient. I bet Jeb told her to do it, and not to worry about getting caught because after all they were "Bushes."

38 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jimbo123

C’mon guys, it was an act of love.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 8:21:14 AM PDT by slumber1 (Moderation is overrated)
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To: dfwgator

Apparently they have a somewhat tempestuous relationship.


40 posted on 05/16/2014 8:26:13 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jimbo123

This may be Jeb Bush’s “Bridge Scandal!” We can only hope.


41 posted on 05/16/2014 9:32:10 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Ditter

“If she was really trying to smuggle merchandise in don’t you think she would have gotten rid of all of the paper receipts?”

She wasn’t trying to smuggle it in. Just trying to under report it’s value. After spending 19K on the stuff, she was balking at paying the duty? C’mon, give me a break. The elite mentality on display.


42 posted on 05/16/2014 1:51:48 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2

I was coming home from a business trip to France and the US custom guy took some receipts out of my wallet from purchases I had made in Houston Tx not Paris France and he was ready to lock me up over them. I made him get his supervisor and I showed him the dates and address of the stores where I purchased them. I think those people make points for catching people, I am never on their side. Call me a smuggler if you want to.


43 posted on 05/16/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Her actions exactly fit the very definition of smuggling.

1 :  to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law 2 :  to convey or introduce surreptitiously

intransitive verb

:  to import or export something in violation of the customs

She purposely under reported the value to save $4,100. Not very different from her hermanos and hermanas sneaking across the border and working with stolen SS numbers.


44 posted on 05/16/2014 2:05:48 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: jimbo123

No one mistakes $500 for $19,000. She lied intending to cheat on the tax. No other conclusions possible.


45 posted on 05/16/2014 2:06:01 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: tioga

With Jeb’s blessing....of course until they got caught. Then Jeb threw her under the bus.


46 posted on 05/16/2014 2:07:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Covenantor
Then if she did that deliberately she was beyond stupid to leave the receipts where the customs agent could find them.
47 posted on 05/16/2014 2:08:55 PM PDT by Ditter
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