May62011

Does George W. Bush Have Hurt Feelings?

By John Amato from Crooks and Liars

Michael Moore describes Bush’s seven minute fail pretty accurately in the above video. You’ve probably heard and seen that Bush didn’t show up for the Ground Zero memorial today even after Obama invited him:

The White House says Obama’s trip will include a private meeting with family members of 9/11 victims, a meeting with first responders that will be open to some news coverage, and a wreath-laying at the 9/11 memorial. Obama invited former President George W. Bush to accompany him, but Bush declined.

"President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday," The New York Times quoted his spokesman David Sherzer as saying. “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, whose presidency was defined by the al-Qaida-led Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, has largely maintained a low public profile since leaving office.

It’s not surprising that Bush wouldn’t want to be there since he had a chance to get Bin Laden at Tora Bora, but didn’t even though those actions contradicted his bullhorn speech.

Digby writes:

Yes. Actually it’s quite easy to picture a petulant and jealous Junior Bush not wanting to be part of a ceremony that highlights his failure to achieve his most cherished desire.

Bush froze in the spotlight when told the United States was under attack and that ‘s the equivalent of deliberate decision making in a military operation. But hey, you can’t blame them. When you have to rely on a second grader’s interpretation of events you know you’re reaching —- that and a bullhorn is all they’ve got left of their mighty, macho warrior president and it’s got to hurt. They really care about that crap. […]

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