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Thanks, But No Thanks

This week, President Obama will be visiting Ground Zero in New York, presumably in response to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. He invited former President Bush to attend, but the ex-president politely declined the invitation.

At first blush, this might seem as a bit ungracious of Bush. Or it might be another sign of his resolve to stay out of the public eye, after serving his terms of office.

Or there could be something else at play here.

As I've noted several times, President Obama has a tendency to be... well, a classless asshole. And one of his trademark moves is to invite others to events (or take advantage of their presence to insult and deride them in a forum where they not only can not respond, but can't even react appropriately without being criticized.

He did it to the Supreme Court at his State of the Union address.

He did it to Paul Ryan at a public event.

He did it to Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

And considering his history of "blaming Bush" for pretty much everything, how confident would anyone be that Obama wouldn't take the opportunity to take a few more swipes -- even veiled ones -- at Bush, even -- or especially with -- Bush sitting right there? And how confident would any of us be in saying that Obama will not be using it as a campaign event?

It's also relevant, I think, to note that this is President Obama's first trip to Ground Zero since taking office. On the last two anniversaries of the attack, he sent a representative. Now, however, he's going there in person.

At this point, any political opponent of President Obama's would be a fool to accept any invitations from Obama to any public event -- at least, without some assurances in advance. I suggested a while ago that they extract a pledge that there would be no attacks, or the guest would stand up and walk out, then show how Obama had broken his promise.

One final question: which do you think will be more common at Obama's speech at Ground Zero: SEIU purple T-shirts, or T-shirts custom-made for the event by the Obama campaign?

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I have no doubt there will ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

I have no doubt there will be lots of "Obama got Osama" t-shirts in the crowd.

Very good take. I thought s... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Very good take. I thought so myself. GW Bush has been thoroughly underestimated by his opponents for years. He knows how Obama acts. Bush also knows that it would be like acknowledging Obama's having anything to do with "man made disasters". ww

The difference between a tr... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

The difference between a true public servant and a politician on full display.

I think Obama and his handl... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

I think Obama and his handlers have kept him away from Ground Zero to avoid comparison to GWB on 9/14/2001.

But again, this is the same president that also decided not to visit Arlington on Memorial day once he assumed the Oval Office.

This is a campaign stop for... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

This is a campaign stop for Obama. I doubt that Bush will be attending any of Obama's campaign events.

Very simple.Presiden... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Very simple.
President Bush Class
BHO Lack of Class.
Hopefully his speech writer will dig deep and find some love of America and class for 9/11 event.

Didn't know they had built ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Didn't know they had built a golf course at Ground Zero.

More seriously, agree with iwogisdead and others that this is nothing more than a campaign stop, a victory lap, another celebration of how awesome Obama thinks he is.

Then again, maybe Obama is celebrating his being able to finally make a decision, albeit 16 hours later, after being briefed by his military commanders.

As for Bush, he once again shows he's smarter than he's given credit for. Classier too. Unless they pack the Ground Zero event with dem supporters, I suspect Bush would get the biggest ovation.

At this point, any polit... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

At this point, any political opponent of President Obama's would be a fool to accept any invitations from Obama to any public event -- at least, without some assurances in advance. I suggested a while ago that they extract a pledge that there would be no attacks, or the guest would stand up and walk out, then show how Obama had broken his promise.

Why do I think of the omni-present crop of high school movies, where someone is ridiculed... then, suddenly a 180 goes on to set the target up for a massive humiliation?

"Yeah, George, come to the 9/11 ceremony! We'll get you up on stage, and tell everyone you were right!"

(Remember the Prom scene in Carrie?)

No, Bush is doing the right thing here - letting Obama have his day. God knows there's not much in the way of successes for him.

(BTW, anyone else notice that Obama's body language in his speech wasn't relaxed and easy? Seems to me he was pissed as hell about something, instead of comfortable and content with the outcome.)

First of all let me explain... (Below threshold)
Slim60:

First of all let me explain that I hate terrorism of all forms i.e. terrorism by non government organisations as well as state terrorism.
I have very legitimate doubts about this killing of Osama Bib Laden. Can anyone explain to me how would the US military throw the body of such a notorious terrrorist to the sea and destroy the evidence of such an achievement just like that. Something else, what a coincidence? it happened when there are elections going on shortly. It sounds like another WMD claim. It is not the 1st time the US and British media and politicians are trying to sell a blatant lie to a naive and politically marginalised crowd that don't know the position of their own state in the map.
This type of crowd would believe anything as long as it is in TV. Even if you tell them that the sun is rising from the west tomorrow.

Jay, this is why I always r... (Below threshold)

Jay, this is why I always read Wizbang. You have a way of looking at events and coming up with ideas that really resonate. Once I read you I am like Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes books: "But of course!"

Great move by President Bush. More political figures should start figuring this out. I guess if they read Wizbang, they would...

"And how confident would an... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"And how confident would any of us be in saying that Obama will not be using it as a campaign event?"

Ya mean it's not? A friend and I were going to watch and do shots each time Barry said "I" or "me" - but our livers can't take it anymore.

Sim" Can anyone ex... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Sim

" Can anyone explain to me how would the US military throw the body of such a notorious terrrorist to the sea and destroy the evidence of such an achievement just like that."

Umm because they were ordered to. Funny thing about the miltiary. They follow lawful and or direct orders or they have this thing called a court martial.

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REf Bush not attending.

My first thought was that it was classy of Bush to decline as he didnt want to Obama to have to share credit. After reading above I fear that the above may be more right than I am.

"Which do you think will be... (Below threshold)
hermie:

"Which do you think will be more common at Obama's speech at Ground Zero: SEIU purple T-shirts, or T-shirts custom-made for the event by the Obama campaign?"

Aren't they one and the same?

George could have brought t... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

George could have brought the bullhorn and really roused the crowd by stating; "The ones who brought down this economy, are gonna here from all of us real soon!"

But yeah, he has way more class then that.

I think Bush is classy enou... (Below threshold)
mag:

I think Bush is classy enough not to go as not to take any "thunder" away from Obama. He is a gentleman who would not want to take the limelight from anyone. But as a political cartoon I saw...it gave 95% effort to Bush and 5% effort to Obama for getting Osama..(I do wish Obama had a different name..I kept mixing these two names up!)

SEIU purple T-shirts, or... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

SEIU purple T-shirts, or T-shirts custom-made for the event by the Obama campaign?

There's a difference?

hermie, James Cloninger: OF... (Below threshold)

hermie, James Cloninger: OF COURSE there's a difference between the SEIU shirts and custom-made shirts for the event.

The SEIU shirts are reusable.

The custom shirts are collectibles.

Watch for 'em on EBay the day after.

J.

Another question:I... (Below threshold)
teh Wind:

Another question:

Is Obama more likely to do the cheek scratch trick with Bush there or not there?

Bush spent 8 years allowing... (Below threshold)
Oldpuppymax:

Bush spent 8 years allowing the media and the rest of the left to dismantle his image and destroy his credibility. This disgraceful refusal to state the truth, defend himself from lies and expose the liars themselves caused immense harm to the nation and the Republican party in the 2006 election. SO NOW Bush is finally going to refuse to be a plaything of the left...a sucker!!! Great timing, George. Your deafening silence helped put Hussein in office. But now that it's too late for the NATION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, you're going to stand up for YOURSELF!

Oldpuppy, I understand the ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Oldpuppy, I understand the frustration but he had nothing to do with 2008. McCain was such a RINO and flip flopper, there is not way he could have beaten Hillary or Obama. The only draw to his ticket was Palin.

GW played this right. Plus, the only media outlets GW had was talk radio, Fox and the internet. The MSM constantly, and I mean constantly out shouted anything his adminstration tried to convey. ww

Better yet, with Bush refus... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Better yet, with Bush refusing the invitation, what are the odds Obama brings up the fact that he invited him?

Seems whenever Bush said "I... (Below threshold)
Rich:

Seems whenever Bush said "I" he was taking responsibility and when he said "we" he was giving credit.
Obama says "I" and he is taking credit and when he says "we" he is giving responsibility.

OysterHe will ment... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Oyster

He will mention Bush by saying something along the line of "for far too long and with too little resources we went after OBL but after I came into office this becamse a number 1 priority".

I agree with Hank (#7).... (Below threshold)
MjM:

I agree with Hank (#7).

Of course W has too much class for such a stark campaign stunt.

But it would have been interesting to see the crowd reaction, W v O.

I suggest that if Bush had accepted he would have crowd draw much more so than Obie.

Very interesting, indeed.

My favorite analogy for thi... (Below threshold)
moseby:

My favorite analogy for this event was posted here at Wizbang (I think). It describes obama as the 2nd string QB brought in at the end of the Superbowl to take a knee after the star QB trounced the oponent soundly.

As former president, Bush i... (Below threshold)
John S:

As former president, Bush is well aware "Osama bin Laden" died of kidney failure on December 13, 2001. Bush simply doesn't want to be part of this fraud. Obama killing Osama was like Obama killing Harland Sanders. Sure, CIA operative Tim Osman was a real person, but since 2001, he's only been a trademark for the War on Terror.




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