Bush Declines Obama’s Offer to Be His Ground Zero Opening Act

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


With President Obama enjoying a bump in opinion polls following the historic Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the president plans to take his show on the road with a stop at the site of the destroyed World Trade Center towers Thursday.

However, George W. Bush declined an invitation from President Obama to be his New York ground zero opening act.

The al-Qaeda attack, which killed about 3,000 people, took place in the early days of Bush’s presidency in 2001.

Bush’s spokesman, David Sherzer, says the former president appreciated the offer but has chosen to remain out of the spotlight during his post-presidency but said Bush celebrates bin Laden’s death as an “important victory in the war on terror.”

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8 Responses to Bush Declines Obama’s Offer to Be His Ground Zero Opening Act

  1. TOM339 says:

    Bush could have enjoyed the same, if not bigger props, Obama is enjoying now if he hadn’t taken his eye off the prize, which was capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

    But as we have discussed for several years now, having bin Laden on the run was far more useful for the Bush administration. He was able to exploit him as the straw man in the so-called “war on terrorism.”

    It worked well. The American people were so frightened in 2004 that they reelected him and gave him the opportunity to destroy the US economy with the help of Congressional Democrats.

  2. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Bump in the polls? Are you sure about that?

    NEWSWEEK’s post-Osama killing poll shows Americans like the way Obama handled the situation, giving him strong results for decision-making (55 percent now term him a strong leader overall,) yet, Obama did not get any overall bump in terms of approval rating, or electoral support.

    His approval rate was unchanged. 48 percent approve and 49 percent disapprove.

    Elections are still won and lost on the economy and with gas prices inching to $5 a gallon, trust me, if this doesn’t turn around soon, by November, 2012, voters will forget all about Osama bin Laden. It won’t matter.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    If Obama’s tough enough to go after Osama bin Laden, then he ought to be strong enough to come out in favor of marriage equality. I know standing up to the likes of Maggie Gallagher and John Boehner is a terrifying prospect however, if he wants my support in 2012, I demand his support right now.

  4. feminazi says:

    I won’t watch the New York spectacle on Thursday. I’ll be you $20 dollars Obama will praise former president Bush and former vice president Cheney and remind Americans how we’re indebted to them. Obama will probably get some mention of Reagan in there too. He loves the Republicans, you know. I don’t know why he doesn’t switch parties and just run as a Republican. He has much more praise for them than the Democrats.

  5. Debbie Banuelos says:

    All Barry needs to invite is Bill Clinton and Kim Kardashian, serve hot dogs and balloons for the kiddies and he will have a circus!

    Bush was smart to not let himself be used like this.

  6. The most ridiculous rightwing, talking point I’ve heard today comes from Limbaugh.

    He actually said it is Clinton’s fault for not catching Osama bin Laden. He went onto blamed Sandy Burger for not giving the order to catch and kill bin Laden when we had the chance.

    What this nonsense glazes over is George W. Bush for taking Osama bin Laden off his crosshairs. Remember these two Bush quotes:

    “The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.” – George W. Bush, 9/13/01

    And, six months later.

    “I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. He’s not our priority.” – George W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI

    You see, Bush needed Osama bin Laden more than Osama bin Laden needed Bush.

  7. Rachel says:

    Bush didn’t drop the ball on catching Osama bin Laden. He needed Osama bin Laden to use to scare the American people. Everytime Bush’s poll numbers dropped, there was a new video of the 9/11 terrorist released to the media. It worked like clockwork too. I mean, each time the Pentagon asked for more money for Iraq or Afghanistan, the fools in Congress gave them a blank check.

  8. joost says:

    Debbie Banuelos – ROFLMAO!

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