As everyone knows lately, Osama Bin Laden is dead, and President Barack Obama is going to visit Ground Zero on Thursday. Obama extended an invitation to George W. Bush to attend the event, but the former president declined. Why did the former president decline this monumental invitation?
Sources with The New York Times report that a spokesman for the former POTUS contacted Obama’s people on Tuesday to decline his invitation. The decline notice went as follows:
“President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday. He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”
Although the White House didn’t confirm the invitation and decline, President Obama is going to be visiting the landmark Ground Zero site in Lower Manhattan to meet with families of victims of the September 11 attacks. If this is a fact, it’s a bit curious that George W. Bush would decide to decline such an honorable invitation, especially since he was the one in office when the towers fell that day on 9/11. Could it be that he is feeling shame for failing at the mission to bring Bin Laden in during his eight-year presidency? Could it be that he feels bitter for the obvious win this has become for the Obama Administration? Or could it simply be that former president George W. Bush doesn’t have any interest in politics and as his spokesperson put it, being in “the spotlight?”
One thing is for certain: It’s a slightly upsetting revelation that the man who waged the war on terrorism in the first place refuses to visit the Ground Zero location to celebrate the killing of Osama Bin Laden.