President Obama will be going to Ground Zero in New York on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 to remember the victims of 9/11 and commemorate the end of Osama Bin Laden. President Obama invited the former Republican President George W. Bush to join him in solidarity. President Bush declined the invitation.
“President Bush appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” Bush spokesman David Sherzer told POLITICO in an email Tuesday night. “He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”
President Obama extended the invitation because he knows that it took a combined effort to execute this mission. Even though President Bush has said in the past, he doesn’t think about Osama anymore, he did build up the military and gathered information needed to make this successful.
The declined invitation was Bush’s way of letting President Obama have his day also, just as Bush had his day on the pile of rubble in the beginning, President Obama will stand near the construction of the “Freedom Towers” in the end. There is, at least in this case, a mutual respect between the two leaders. They may not agree on too much, but they both understood this, nothing gets done with out cooperation.
This invitation may also dispel the conservative rumors that President Obama is looking for all the credit. By Obama inviting the former President hopefully this dispels those rumors also.
Hopefully this can become a much needed example for Rush Limbaugh and other conservative, vitriolic critics of the President. Hopefully Congress is paying attention also.
Obama finished what Bush started. Good job by both Presidents on this one.
This is America’s day. America is a little bit safer due to the work of EVERYONE involved.