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

(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."

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.
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)
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