Jeb Bush: ‘I’m Not That Smart, So I Try to Steal Ideas from People’

By Melanie Arter | November 27, 2012 | 10:08 AM EST

Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

( Speaking at a summit on education reform on Tuesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he’s not "that smart," so he tries to “steal ideas from people” and encouraged the audience to do the same.

“I don’t know about you, but I get moved a lot by books. Smart people. I’m not that smart, so I try to steal ideas from people. There’s no trademark on these things, the best I can tell. I’ve never gotten sued for it. I encourage you all to do it too,” he said.

Bush, former President George W. Bush’s brother, made opening remarks on the state of education reform at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s annual National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C.

He praised Education Secretary Arne Duncan for doing “a spectacular job.” Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta later in the morning. Also expected to speak at the summit on Tuesday night is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Chancellor of New York City schools, Joe Klein.