GW Bush Declines Obama’s Invitation To Ground Zero Victory Dance
President Obama, after having sharply criticized former President Bush “for neglecting the hunt for bin Laden by invading Iraq”, graciously extended an invitation to join him at ground zero in NYC on Thursday to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.
In an unexpected move, George W. Bush declined President Obama’s invitation, citing his desire to avoid the media glare.
NBC New York reported:
Former President George W. Bush has turned down President Barack Obama’s invitation to join him at ground zero on Thursday, citing his desire to avoid the media glare.
“President Bush appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” Bush spokesman David Sherzer told POLITICO in an email Tuesday night. “He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”
Obama — who has sharply criticized Bush for neglecting the hunt for Osama bin Laden by invading Iraq — made the offer to Bush shortly after he decided on his New York trip, according to two people familiar with the situation.
The president will travel to the site of the World Trade Center to mark the killing of bin Laden, who was gunned down during a daring raid on his compound north of Islamabad on Sunday. Word of bin Laden’s death prompted hundreds of New Yorkers to gather in celebration at the scene of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa.
Obama also extended an invitation to Rudy Giuliani to join him at ground zero. No word yet on whether he will attend.