Bush Declines Ground Zero Invite

Former President George W. Bush has declined an invite from President Obama to join him at Ground Zero on Thursday for a ceremony marking the death of Osama Bin Laden.

While I am sure some will find a way to use this to attack or make fun of Bush, I consider it a classy decision.

I am reminded of a scene in the West Wing where one character says to another “The country is best served by seeing only one President at a time”

Good for him.

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Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

  • SteveK
  • EEllis

    Even those who dislike Bush should have trouble fnding fualt with his actions since Obama was elected. The man has been nothing but respectful and has been more supportive than many who are supporters of Obama.

  • merkin

    I am sorry, am I the only one who believes that it is a bit unseemly to have a public celebration of a man’s death? Especially one you caused? Even someone as despicable as Osama Bin Laden.

  • casualobserver

    “I am sorry, am I the only one who believes that it is a bit unseemly to have a public celebration of a man’s death? Especially one you caused? Even someone as despicable as Osama Bin Laden.”

    Well, like my bumper sticker says, “Hey, don’t look at me….I didn’t vote for him!”

    Nonetheless, I hereby post my once per annum concurrence with you. Not only is a revenge celebration rather distasteful as event planning goes, I can hardly imagine the refreshing of traumatic memories is going to be offset by a 10-year-late sentencing.

  • merkin

    Even those who dislike Bush should have trouble fnding fualt with his actions since Obama was elected. The man has been nothing but respectful and has been more supportive than many who are supporters of Obama.

    I am not one who disliked Bush, he lead us effectively through a difficult time after 9/11. But more than anything I am disappointed in his inaction since he left office. Bush has only appeared in public to make money. As an elder statesman of the party I would hope that he would, if not in public then in private, use his influence to try to reign in some of the more extreme elements. Somewhere the party has lost the idea of a loyal opposition and is damaging the country with its extreme obstructionism and attitude of no compromise.

    He behaved

  • roro80

    G, you’re so full of it. “Pres. Obama does not believe Western Values are superior”? I mean, c’mon, man. This is getting silly.

  • roro80

    g, “seriously”, you’re full of it. So, so full of it.

  • DORIAN DE WIND

    Just my dos centavos:

    As one of the commenters implied, I do believe that, generally, George W. Bush has been nothing but respectful, diplomatic and courteous since he left office.

    And, contrary to another commenter, Mr. Bush has done other things than appearing in public “to make money” (implicitly for himself.) Take, for example, his fundraising efforts for the Haiti earthquake victims.

    Finally (and this makes it tres centavos, I wholeheartedly agree with roro’s “‘seriously’, you’re full of it. So, so full of it,” at the risk of being banned forever.

  • roro80

    Oh g, have no doubt that I could so very easily take down your weird “Obama hates America” crap. The number of times I have dismantled your arguments, start to finish, and the hours I spent doing so, have taught me that there’s really no hope for people who furvently hold onto such weird ideas with such vigor. I lay out evidence, you say “there’s no evidence!”, and follow it up with more unsubstantiated cloptrop. I’m bored of it. Let it just be known that your comments are duly noted as being ridiculous and incorrect.

  • Anna

    gcotharn:

    Yes, because hubristic, bombastic US presidents who insist that the US has never made a single, solitary mistake in its entire existence and that we are perfect in every way are so well admired and respected by the rest of the world. /sarcasm

    We should be proud of our country but not by belittling all the other countries. To quote the Bard “A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

  • roro80

    In any case, I could use a laugh this morning, and Lewis Black had something to say on the topic. Here’s a link:

    http://www.meaningful-quotes.net/lewis-black-on-broadway-talking-about-how-america-isnt-1/

    It’s about the first minute, but note that it is Lewis Black, so there are lots of f-bombs.

  • casualobserver

    Gallup had GWB at 43 fav in March and post-bump Obama is at 47.

    While I admire the dedication to continuing the negative PR campaign, I wouldn’t give up your day jobs just yet.

  • Indefatigably

    Bush is simply doing what was the norm prior to Clinton and Carter – once out of office, stop trying to stay in the spotlight.

    It is sad that while Bush has been doing many good works in his retirement, some feel because he doesn’t have a press release every time he does something he is doing nothing.

  • DLS

    What we have obtained first and foremost and essentially is CLOSURE.*

    There is no need for Bush to be at Ground Zero. The bin Laden mission was the Obama administration’s doing.

    There is no need for Obama to be once more inept and amateurish, or for any politician to spoil this or any other related issue and matter regarding 9/11 or bin Laden’s demise.

    There is no need to make any event at Ground Zero a huge sensational spectacle, a real spectacle of any kind, or any excuse for silly over-emotionalism. The ringleader is a threat no more, and that has bought symbolically peace to the victims in New York. How hard is it to understand and not to overact about? [shaking head]

    * Once again put in all caps in case to more easily fill a void

  • DLS

    What befits some lefties here (especially of they coarsen things with their vulgar and often apparently diseased Bush-bashing) would be if a “warmonger,” “jingostic geopolitical US muscle-flexer,” “violator of a sovereign nation to kill an individual without a warrant or trial” would post a banner reading “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” at Ground Zero along with making a blatantly politically bombastic speech*.

    They’ll be swelled with pride. That Liberal Hypocrisy, Again

    I just wonder if the extreme Left and their disease will insist that “USA! USA!” be suppressed, or if they’ll be obscessed with hope that this won’t be uttered. (Hypocrisy about the current President, but not about the nation, when it comes to these extremists)

    [stare]

    * Bonus points if it’s another Obama campaign circus P.T. Barnum sub-50-IQ-sucker performance — don’t just be self-aborbed with “I,” me,” “my,” etc., but add some stupid Bush or GOP-bashing, too…

  • DLS

    E. Ellis wrote:

    > The man has been nothing but respectful and has been
    > more supportive than many who are supporters of Obama.

    That’s an understatement. Good behavior here (he was right to decline the invitation), as well as overseas (it’s no surprise to the informed that he’s so well liked in Africa for his humanitarian work).