Even standing in a furniture store, Jeb Bush couldn't help but think he could
do a better job running the place.
"I found myself in the midst of reorganizing the logistics of a probably pretty successful company," said Bush, who was shopping to furnish the Coral Gables apartment where he will move after leaving office Jan. 2.
Then the truth hit Florida's most powerful governor as he thought of fixing the way the store delivers goods to customers.
"I realized they probably don't give two hoots about my opinion," Bush said chuckling. "So there's going to be a little bit of a learning experience to kind of not try to solve problems for everyone. It may take a little bit of getting used to."
That's especially true after spending eight years as Florida's self-fashioned policy-wonk in chief, a macro- and micromanager with poll numbers that are the envy of other chief executives -- including his brother, the president.
Now, this extraordinary calm voice in Florida's storms, a conservative icon and luminary of one of the nation's greatest family dynasties, must become more ordinary as he fiddles with his Ipod or gets annoyed in shops and the Post Office.