Last week, after “more than an hour of solemn ceremony” swearing in Rep. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as House speaker, Florida Governor Jeb Bush stepped to the podium to tell “a short story about ‘unleashing Chang,’ his ‘mystical warrior’ friend.”
Here are some of Bush’s words, “spoken before hundreds of lawmakers and politicians”:
I have an imaginary friend too. His name is Fuzzy, and he's a polar bear who likes to play lawn darts.
“Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.
“I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.”
Bush then unsheathed a golden sword and gave it to Rubio as a gift.
‘’I'm going to bestow to you the sword of a great conservative warrior,'’ he said, as the crowd roared.