Bush Declines President Obama's Invitation to Ground Zero

Excerpt of Bush’s speech at Ground Zero right after 9/11.

President Bush: Thank you all. I want you all to know — it [bullhorn] can’t go any louder — I want you all to know that American today, American today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. The nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens

Rescue Worker: I can’t hear you!

President Bush: I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!

Between all the rhetoric and the mission accomplished banners you would think that now, almost 10 years later, that the guy that started this game of international bounty hunter would want to be there to pay homage to the final chapter in that particular part of the story.


“President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday,” said his spokesman, David Sherzer. “He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”

This isn’t exactly a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Piggly Wiggly. Methinks someone seems a bit terrified of what the public’s reaction to his presence might be at this event. Or maybe he’s just mad because Obama told him he wasn’t allowed to bring his bullhorn this time.


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