At 11:57 p.m. Monday night, Jeb Bush's new website - jebemails.com - went online. There you can see the first chapter of his e-book touching on the emails he got, and responded to, during his first days as Florida governor.
The first chapter is called, "Please Make It Happen."
It opens with a quote from Bush's January 5, 1999 inaugural address:
"Let state government trust Florida’s communities to confront their everyday challenges, to advance the ideas that will shape our state. The best and brightest ideas do not come from the state capital, but from the untapped human capital that resides in our diverse communities."
Bush explains why he became such a huge fan of email.
. . .no time was more exhilarating than those first few weeks.
Finally we could act on what we had been talking about. We were ready to go to work. However, I didn’t want to disappear into the governor’s office.
In my inauguration speech, I said, “public servants must have the humility to listen to and trust Florida’s head, heart and soul.” And I meant it.
The best ideas would come from outside of our state capital. From Floridians. But now that the campaign was over, how could I keep track of what Floridians were thinking? I needed their energy and passion and wisdom.
Email. Everyone could email me. So they did. Millions of emails came in through our website, but it was when I made my personal email – email@example.com – public that I earned the nickname “The eGovernor.”
The all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate quickly discovered that Floridians would not be shy about emailing him.