After former Florida governor and current presidential hopeful Jeb Bush responded to gun control talk in the wake of the Oregon shooting with “stuff happens,” current President Barack Obama had a quick response, while others took to Twitter and created the sardonic #StuffHappens hashtag.
According to Mediaite, during a White House press conference on Friday, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl read Bush’s quote back to Obama (which you can watch in the above video). The president quickly responded, “I don’t even think I have to react to that.” He then continued: “I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff happening.'”
President Obama then said that his team was investigating what they could do to “prevent even a handful of these tragic deaths from taking place,” but that American politics as a whole had to change before these mass shootings ended for good. He pledged to keep talking about the issue, like he did yesterday.
In the meantime, Twitter users have tweeted critical messages about Bush and his comments under the hashtag #StuffHappens.
The tweets ranged from tongue-in-cheek ribbing of Bush and his presidential prospects.
To more barbed comments about his presidential prospects.
There were also tweets comparing Jeb Bush unfavorably to his brother, former President George W. Bush.
Here’s Bush’s response to the backlash: