In much the same manner he invited Paul Ryan to his budget speech lambasting Paul Ryan and the Supreme Court to his State of the Union address lambasting the Supreme Court, Barack Obama has invited George W. Bush to his crass victory lap at New York’s Ground Zero where Bush is sure to be lambasted.
Bush has wisely and politely 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.”
Obama — who has sharply criticized Bush for neglecting the hunt for bin Laden by invading Iraq — made the offer to Bush shortly after he decided on his New York trip, according to two people familiar with the situation.
The last time Obama visited Ground Zero was as a candidate in tandem with John McCain on September 11, 2008, when Obama nonchalantly tossed a flower in the general direction of a memorial as if he couldn’t be bothered to place it respectfully.