Bush #43 turns down Obama invite to Ground Zero
Former president George W. Bush makes the opening remarks at The 4% Project Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 12, 2011, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
May 4th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Bush #43 turns down Obama invite to Ground Zero

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call it a rejection, a slight, or just a polite 'no thanks,' but former President George W. Bush will not be appearing alongside his successor, President Barack Obama, at an appearance at Ground Zero Thursday marking the death of Osama bin Laden.

Two days after the White House announced Obama would travel to the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York, members of the press received a statement from a spokesman for the former president, saying Bush would not be in attendance.

"He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight," spokesman David Sherzer wrote.

A senior White House official confirmed Bush #43 was, in fact, invited, and that he was "not able to come." The official added, "Which, of course, we understand."

The potential snub from Bush comes just after the president told a bipartisan Congressional dinner Monday that bin Laden's death has united the country, much like it was in the days and weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

But it's Obama, many Republicans believe, who is the snubber, noting that the president didn't mention Bush in his remarks to the nation Sunday announcing bin Laden's demise.

"There are people around President Bush who are irritated and sore that they're not getting more credit for what they did in years past," CNN political analyst David Gergen said Wednesday. But he quickly added, "But I don't think that's what motivates President Bush."

Rather, Gergen thinks the Bushes "have an old fashioned view that we only have one president at a time and former presidents should essentially stay in the shadows and not be second guessing."

So is it much ado about nothing? We might never know.

Topics: President Obama • The Buzz

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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    How can anyone suggest that Pres Obama in anyway snubbed BUSH in his message to the people of the UNITED STATES of the finding and killing of Bin Laden? OBAMA got OSAMA! The same as when BUSH got HUSSEIN! BUSH didn't reach back and share his 'great feat' with CLINTON, nor was he ever expected to! He didn't even share it with his own father, GHWB! BUSH wore his coat of praise and glory all by himself! He wrangled that bull and road off into the sunset all by himself! You folk are silly, childish and stupid!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I believe though, that with what honesty BUSH may still have left, he knows he dropped the ball on Bin Laden for more reasons than one. The main one was IRAQ! Cheney and his gang decided that HALLIBURTON and BLACK WATER was more profitable to AMERICA'S 'national vital interests'! GWB was probably defocused by them and pulled along for the ride. BUSH even congratulated OBAMA on his accomplishment, and has not been out here like you idiots and propagandist media, digging around to steal OBAMA'S thunder!

    May 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  3. kiera chang

    I'm disappointmented that former president GB turned down the invite. I'm pretty sure its for personal reasons, although it would have been "historical" for the two of them to actually agree & unite on the same issues America has yet to solve. I wish they put their egos aside and think of what's more important. It doesn't matter who caught who. What's important is that they caught who needed to be caught and the problem is solve. Move on to the next and help each other. But ta not how things work, doesn't it?

    May 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  4. Carl


    Something bad happens, blame it on Bush.

    Something good happens, blame it on Obama.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • grrrrfren

      Hey we liberals learned that from conservatives who blame everyone else for their mistakes but try to take credit for things they had nothing to do with. According to you, we are just doing what you taught us through your actions.

      May 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Conservative Carl, you got it twisted! Your first word should have been Conservatives: And It's the other way around, BUSH is the 'good one', and OBAMA is the 'bad one', the haters and the propagandist media makes sure DAILY, that he's percieved by the stupid, misguided ignoramuses of AMERICA, as inept, inefficient, and irresponsible; these are the ones who won't see it EVER in their near or far futures to afford him the respect he deserves! This man's been TARGETED ever since he's been in office! HATEFUL!!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:42 am |