CHICAGO -- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush received a warm welcome Wednesday before a jam-packed room as a guest of the bipartisan Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Bush opened with light-hearted remarks and noted his wife was with him here from a much warmer home state of Florida.
"It shows our commitment to Illinois when a Floridian leaves Florida in February,” Bush said to laughter.
With that Bush took a more serious -- you could even say presidential -- tone.
He offered a critical take on President Obama's current foreign policies and how vastly different his are -- beginning with Iran.
He was also critical of Obama's approach to Russia and territorial ambitions in Ukraine and in North Korea and Cuba -- the common denominator being, he said, history has proven that appeasement with totalitarian, ideological-based regimes doesn't work .
Bush also claimed the Obama administration has ostracized, he says, our closest ally in the region, Israel, and criticized its view toward ISIS, saying it did not take the terror organization seriously enough in its early years.
His speech lasted a little more than a half-hour. He then fielded questions from the crowd.
When he was finished his remarks, his plan, should he declare his candidacy for president, was well-received.