Jeb Bush is not his father's son, it turns out. Unlike his dad -- who either was or was not stunned by the wonders of a supermarket scanner during his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 1992 -- Bush is eager to show he's fully conversant with the tech world and the changes it's bringing to the economy and Americans' daily lives.
That's why Jeb -- Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida -- was riding around San Francisco Thursday morning in an Uber car. And that's why the car took him to the South of Market headquarters of Thumbtack, a firm that "allows service providers and consumers to find each other and negotiate jobs online."
Those two companies are shining examples of the on-demand or gig economy: companies that, for a price, allow individuals to connect with others offering goods and services.
Speaking to reporters after touring Thumbtack -- a session monitored by this blogger over Periscope, if you want to know why the quotes below are a little fragmentary -- Bush embraced the change he says the companies represent.
"This is a pretty vital service," he said of Uber. "You meet people who are customizing their lives in a way that it's time for celebration."