Jeb Bush is going to need more than an exclamation point at the end of his name to generate excitement in New Hampshire.

During a speech at the Hanover Inn on Tuesday, Bush’s “fiery riff” on protecting the country didn’t generate the response he wanted, The New York Times reports:

Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country as commander in chief — “I won’t be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said — and was met with total silence.

“Please clap,” he said, sounding defeated.

The crowd laughed — and then, finally, clapped.

Tough crowd.

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