Former President George W. Bush declined an invitation from President Obama to join him at Ground Zero tomorrow.
"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."
Bush has tried his best to stay out of the spotlight following his presidency. Last year he made an exception when Obama asked him and former President Bill Clinton to join him in Haiti after the earthquake. Bush, however, did make a statement Monday congratulating Obama on his efforts to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.
Obama will visit the World Trade Center site to meet with families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
It seems a bit odd that the man who first declared the war on terrorism and bin Laden is choosing to opt out of this occasion. He may not have finished what he started, but he could at least take part in the event that brings closure to the victims' families.
Read more at the New York Times.
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