Bush Declines Obama's Ground Zero Invite
He celebrates bin Laden 'victory' but wants to stay out of spotlight
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2011 6:26 AM CDT
President Barack Obama switches places at the podium with former President George W. Bush after speaking about relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti at the White House on January 16, 2010.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – When President Obama visits Ground Zero tomorrow to mark the death of Osama bin Laden, George W. Bush won't be with him. Obama invited the former president to join him on his visit to the World Trade Center site, but a spokesperson tells Politico that Bush turned him down. “President Bush appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” the rep says. “He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror."

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May 5, 2011 8:03 PM CDT
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. I don't think about him much. It's not that important. It's not our priority." - George W. Bush 3/13/2002
May 4, 2011 11:51 AM CDT
He'd be a sucker to go. Obama's shown that he means only to insult and degrade when he seems to be 'holding out a hand' exactly as he did when he invited Ryan to hear his budget lies. Arrogant s-bag is as arrogant s-bag does, and Obama DOES.
May 4, 2011 11:38 AM CDT
Bush will go on his own in a more quiet, tasteful, classy manner. No fake Greek columns pasted to his back.