By: CNN Political Unit May 4th, 2011 08:35 AM ET
(CNN) - Former President George Bush has declined an invite to join President Obama at Ground Zero Thursday to mark the death of Osama bin Laden.
The former president instead wishes to remain out of the spotlight, according to a Bush spokesman. “President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday. He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” said spokesman David Sherzer.
“He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”
Obama’s visit to the primary target of the 9/11 attacks will come four days after he announced bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Obama will also meet with families who lost relatives during the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
A senior Obama administration official added to CNN that Bush "was invited but is not able to come. Which we of course understand."
Bush’s decision not to attend the ceremony comes amid statements from several of his administrations top officials that the former president deserves significant praise for the capture of bin Laden.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld applauded the successful mission Tuesday, but also highlighted the pivotal role their team played in the search for America's most wanted terrorist.
"It was also important that President Bush put in place counterterrorism strategies and policies, efforts that the military and intelligence have been making over the years," Rice told CNN's "American Morning" on Tuesday.
"To work together better to achieve that kind of level of integration didn't happen yesterday. This is something that has been happening for quite a long time."
In a separate CNN interview on Tuesday, Rumsfeld praised the former president’s controversial decision to imprison several low-level Al Qaeda officials.
"It is those people that know the habits and locations of the senior people. It is a good thing that the people were held and that there were interrogations," Rumsfeld said. "That information was patched together over a period of time."
A recent Washington Post pew poll suggests Americans are giving more credit to President Obama than Bush for the killing of the most sought after terrorist More than three out of four Americans said Obama deserves a great deal or “some” credit while 51 percent said the same about Bush.
"The Decision Maker" who decided to
"Attack Iraq" and not get Bin Ladin
"Decides Not" to Attend"
Freaking Amazing!! Yet, Typical of Bush.
Bush has always been the type to opt for venues that are pleasant to his ego and the ones that would display "any" degree of questioning, or "mal-appreciation", Bush completely avoids. Typical "Coward" personality type.
Example: The Woman that camped outside the Bush Family property for months was never granted her only wish, which was to have "Bush" come out to meet her face to face. This Woman wanted an explanation from the man that decided to attack Iraq, causing the death of her son,,, and all she simply wanted was to ask Bush "Why"?
Yet the Strong Willed, Prideful Coward that Bush is, did not have the "BALLS, CAHUNAS, GUTS, MANLINESS" to simply face a "woman" who wanted to speak with him face to face..., to discuss his decision that cost the life of her only son.
A Real Man, A Real President, would have faced that woman, allowed that woman to spit in his face, slap his face, kick him in the balls, call him names or anything else, in an effort to allow her to feel some since of satisfaction for the lost life of her only son. But not the "Decider"!
To take a world to war is a decision that should be the "Absolute Last Solution", because lives will be lost, people will be affected.
Now, you have Rice and Rumsfeld, both of which, should be in the same jail as Bush, making statements suggesting that the Bush Admin., "which would include the two of them", provided the foundation that allowed the Obama Admin to capture Bin Ladin! "FUCKING WHAT!!!!!"
Weeks prior to the 9/11, Rice was given warnings about the possibility of 9/11, she did nothing.
Weeks prior to the invasion of Iraq, Bush, and Chaney was provided intelligence that Bin Ladin was in a specific location and it would have taken troops and a short effort to get Bin Ladin, Bush "decided not" to take Bin Ladin out at that time.
Subsequently, Bush decided to attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, a country that had zero factor of mounting an attack against the United States of America, instead of hunting down Bin Ladin who claimed responsibility for 9/11.
The Results of Bush's "decision" to take this country into a war cost this country "Trillions" and is still costing us today.
Bush,,, your GOD DAMM RIGHT on this "decision",,, keep your sorry ass at home because the lives of the people that died on 9/11, the lives of all the people that died in Iraq, the lives of all the people who have been negatively affected by your 8 years of destruction, as a result of your leadership, don't need to see your sorry ass face no where other than behind bars.
For every "1" American that would have the gaul to praise you..., there are a 1,000 people around the world that would throw a shoe at your sorry ass.
You are a Coward for taking this country to war, you are a Coward for not having the balls to meet face to face with that woman who lost her son in a war that you initiated, and now,, you are a Coward for not having the balls to stand on the same site that you played to the world "your poor capabilities".
You owe no one nothing, you have earned nothing, and finally you get it, you now "say nothing"!
How does it feel? How does it feel to realize what you have done to us all? How does it feel to look into your mirror? What do you see when you look into your mirror? Do you see a man that is loved, or do you see a man that is hated? Do you feel a sense of satisfaction for you past 8 years, or do you feel that you "fucked up"? Do you wish that you can take it all back?
To realize that this country was on the verge of financial destruction, realize that you had no answers to what was going on in Iraq, a war that you chose to create, how does it feel?
How does it feel to know that there are thousands of "handicap men and woman" who's normal lives will be forever changed as a result of your decision? How does it feel to know that you made huge mistakes and you will not be held accountable for them? How does it feel to have your coconspirators out there, doing interviews, and not feeling the pain that you feel? How does it feel to be all alone? How does it feel to know that people have a real reason not to like you? How does it feel?
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