Skip to comments.Bush Embarrassed By Wife's Run-in With Customs (1999 Columba Bush Flashback)
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.
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Don’t go away mad, Jeb, just go away.
She's upset she got caught.
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”.
I wonder how much merchandise Moochelle brings back “duty free” on AF 1?
All that money and she had to do something like this.
Don’t have to shoot them down, they run into things and crash!
Bu Bye Jebadia don’t let the door knob hit you in the ass on the way out. . . . .
Customs forms are for little people, evidently.
All we need is another Michelle Obama type in the White House.
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.
Whatever it takes to sink him now.
Shudda waited ‘til she was the 1st lady. Travelling on a Diplomatic passport you never have to worry about such plebeian problems, no inspection.
Palin’s out-of-wedlock grandson was scandalous, but Bush’s criminal wife and criminal/drug-addict children are somehow no reflection on him.
At least she hasn’t killed anybody.
It shows that she’s a dishonest woman.
Bush’s 2 sons have criminal records, too.
Typical liberal, lie to save money, then declare it was an oversight, wrong paperwork, turbo tax, whatever.
Didn’t They Know Who She Was??? /s
Helps explain Jeb’s animus towards border security.
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