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Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Politics, War | 1 comment

Bush Comments on Osama bin Laden Killing

Former President George W. Bush has commented more extensively on the killing of Osama bin Laden — comments that fit the style also of his father George H.W. Bush in being supportive of another President once leaving office:

Former President George W. Bush made his first candid public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden during an appearance Wednesday at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas.

“I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies,” Bush said when asked what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama, according to an ABC News contributor who attended the event.

“I excused myself and went home to take the call,” Bush said. “Obama simply said ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead.'”

Bush said Obama described in detail the secret mission to raid bin Laden’s Pakistani compound and the decision he made to put the plan into motion. He told Obama, “Good call.”

The 43rd president and man who initiated the hunt for bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks has shied from the spotlight since news broke nearly two weeks ago. Bush has declined interview requests and Obama’s invitation to join him at Ground Zero to meet with victims’ families and first responders four days after the raid.

But appearing before the crowd of 1,800 at the glitzy Bellagio resort and casino, Bush appeared light-hearted and relaxed in talking about bin Laden’s death.

In other comments there he reportedly said:

  • He wasn’t overjoyed about hearing the news of bin Laden’s death, since it was not a mission to hunt him out of hatred, but to “exact judgment.”
  • But it was a victory:””The guy is dead. That is good….Osama’s death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader.”
  • He claimed no credit for himself but said the intelligence services deserve credit for piecing it altogether.