Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a forum held outside Chicago that his mother would have wanted him to attend because he made a commitment.
Speaking Wednesday at Elmhurst College Governmental Forum, Bush said of former first lady Barbara Bush that he was "so blessed to be her son."
Barbara Bush, the wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday at age 92.
Jeb Bush said he could still feel her presence behind him, saying "'You said you were only going to speak 30 minutes so make sure you don't go beyond that.'"
Bush said his mother taught the family to be civil. "She taught us to love your family with your heart and soul."
He finished his comments about his mother with, "I love her dearly."
Jeb Bush talked about leadership in a changing world during the forum.