Opinions divided over Bush's no-show at ground zero
May 4th, 2011
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Opinions divided over Bush's no-show at ground zero

Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, he had hoped to be joined by former President George W. Bush. But in declining this invitation, Bush has left some observers puzzled, while others were supportive of his decision.

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin says it's odd that Bush, who made it his mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden, will not appear alongside Obama. The trip to New York comes just days after the president announced bin Laden's death by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. PalmReader

    By not attending the wreath laying ceremony, Bush is showing a maturity most of his GOPerville minions will never understand. I applaud him for his decision.

    May 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Why in God's green earth would Bush get within a mile of Obama? So he can be personally attacked in person, like Paul Ryan or the Supreme Court justices? Obama has spent a huge amount of the last 3 years spewing hateful lies and vitriol about George Bush and Dick Cheney. Attack after attack about policies which Obama has kept and is now benefitting from without acknowledging his predecessor. Obama and his supporters have gone WAY OVER the line so they should not expect anything from George Bush. And maybe George Bush thinks this is a cheap publicity stunt by Obama and doesn't want to be a part of it?

    May 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Robert

    'Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginalized. … I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you.' George Bush

    May 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. The Situation

    It's not odd since Bush and his administration didn't give a damm about getting OBL! All Bush was is all talk. He said how he was going to smoke OBL out of his cave and bring him to justice, like he is some US Marshall or Chuck Norris in Texas Walker Ranger. It bring him shame tht he claim he didn't worry about Bin Laden, while when Obama said from day one he will bring OBL to justice and "Yes He Did"

    May 4, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Robert

    Really sounds like a man who made it his mission. Michelle Malkin is a fool and a liar.

    May 4, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Malkin needs to review some of Shrub's speeches/briefings. He said AT LEAST TWICE that Bin Laden was NOT IMPORTANT to him He was, after all, going after the man "that tried to kill my daddy".

    Conservatives never let the facts get in the way of a juicy piece of gossip to bring our country to it's knees. Why do they hate us so much? Our taxes pay the corporations that give them campaign financing.

    May 4, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. RKT

    When you leave office, or any executive role, you leave. After that, there are protocols to follow. The current exec (Obama) offers to share the stage, the former exec (Bush) respectfully declines. Then the current exec (Obama) acknowledges the role of the former exec (Bush) in successes that had origins in the former's (Bush's) administration. By doing so, the current exec (Obama) establishes continuity for the organization, in this case the US government. As most successes cut across administrations, whether in government or private industry, acknowledging the efforts of one's predecessor allows people who have stayed the course through both administrations to share the credit.

    May 4, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Paul ny

    Because Bush knows he failed and he does not want to be there by the man who got the terrorist he let get away.

    May 4, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Michelle Malkin “it's odd that Bush, who made it his mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden” yes that is true after we invade the Iraq Bush didn’t care

    G.W.Bush own words “I don’t spend much time on that truly I am not concern about Bin Laden”

    So Michelle Malkin give a credit to Obama

    May 4, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Thank God I am a Democrat

    It was classy for Obama to extend the invitation. It was classy for Bush to decline. Bush had his moment right after 9/11 when he united all of us together. This is now Obama's moment when we should once again unite together. However I am not getting the same sense of unity from the right that we did when their guy was in office. I think allowing party affiliations to get in the way of this moment is a huge mistake. You repubs are so concerned to have Obama potentially get a single thumbs up for something that you are willing to not properly unite for this occasion with your fellow citizen who may not be a conservative like you. I hope to be proven wrong tomorrow.

    May 4, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I saw the video tape last night for the first time on MSNBC's The Last Word. Bush is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT NOT TO SHOW UP. He was disgusting standing there laughing and making sarcastic remarks when our men and women were out there dying. He was completely classless and I'm sure even he is smart enough to realize it was in BAD taste to act in such a irresponsible form when discussing the subject of OBL. Thank you former president for STAYING HOME.

    As for President Obama's decision NOT to show the pictures of OBL – IT IS THE RIGHT DECISION. Never have I been so proud of him. In less than one week he has made two very difficult decisions. We as Americans are supposed to represent ALL that is right and human in society. By showing these pictures we aren't any better than the same pack of animals who laughed and cheered at hangings. People who are demanding them listen to yourselves. You sound like the Romans when they cheered lions tearing the heads off innocent children. Personally, I am so very thankful to have a president who actually "thinks" before he acts. For those who don't believe. Keep watching for OBL to send you a videotape. Maybe in a year or two – you will have calmed down and realized HE DID THE RIGHT THING afterall. Pack these photos away just as the Lincoln funerals were packed away and America – LET'S MOVE ON.

    May 4, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Mo

    Who gives a rip. We got the mass murderer and everyone in the country is happy. I am pleased with Obama which is a first but any more stomping on Bush when he is gone is not gong to help you Democrats. Let this be a time like after 911 – let it rest. All is good.

    May 4, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Inmyopinion

    Hypocrites. The same people that were against us fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, against Bush invading Iraq to get rid of a murderer, demanding Bush face trial as well as Cheney, against Guantanamo, these are the same people now cheering Obama for trespassing, breaking into Pakistan to kill Osama Bin Laden. How is Obama's action better than Bush's actions? depends which political party you belong to. Why would Bush want to stand with all these hypocrites in a place where so many died in the hands of terrorists?

    Wait, we don't call them terrorists anymore, I think Napolitano calls them men who do bad things?

    May 4, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. PTNY

    What business is it of ours if he wishes not to attend? Leave the guy alone.

    May 4, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. tom colmus

    I think the woman on Wolfs show , needs to get her facts straight .....I believe Water Boarding played a hugh role in finding Binlandon.....she said the same thing yesterday.....keep the politics out of it .......who told her what she is reporting ....I do not for one believe her .......press her on where shes getting her mis-informed information....Makes me sick , when I hear BS like that ...Obama, did the right thing and he did a great job....one for the man ......


    May 4, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. OneMoreTime

    Bushes quiver standing next to the Giant Sequoia.

    May 4, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Who wants to see the man who sent our troops to Afghanistan to find bin laden and bring him back dead or alive to then desert them to go finish his daddy's war in iraq for wmd that he knew was a lie.
    We had enough of this idiot. Eight very long years.

    May 4, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. john

    No matter what Obama does the idiots from the right will always complain. I think it was decent to invite Bush.....

    May 4, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Nick

    Bush wants to stay out of the spotlight. That's why he went on a nationwide tour to sell his book...

    May 4, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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    May 4, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Inmyopinion

    It was Bush who went after Bin Laden and has been critized for more than 8 years for having our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama did not start the hunt for Bin Laden, Obama only finished what was already in the works for many years by the previous administration which is why he has to give credit to Bush, like it or not. Obama is smart enough to recognize these was already in the works way before he took the White House.

    May 4, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It would be nice to display our solidarity to the world, but that would make our current President look good. Can't do that.
    It is true that Bush has always said that there is only one President at a time, (Obama has said the same thing by the way), BUT when YOUR President invites you to something of this magnitude you should come, if only out of sense of patriotism, national duty, repentance, whatever, but you heed the invite of YOUR President, UNLESS you're one of these current Republicans.
    I personally do not think that Bush has any business NEAR the World Trade Center.
    People died because he was negligent of his duties. Additonal thousands died because he sent them to the wrong country, for the wrong reasons.
    He then proceeded to further drop the ball and sound totally STUPID on national television by asserting and re-asserting quite erroneously and arrogantly that bin Laden was IRRELEVANT and not being pursued by his administration.
    This is NOT SARCASM, this is just THE TRUTH.

    Stay home Shrub, and mow the back forty.

    May 4, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. zulu

    viva Mr President,JOB WELL DONE.GOD BLESS OUR ARM FORCES.forget about the teabergers,

    May 4, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Haze

    Alright since people want to trash Bush lets get to the truth. Without the intelligence architecture set up by Bush and waterboarding that scumbag Khalid Sheikh Mohammed we would not have identified the courier that led to bin Laden. Bush set up the warrantless surveilance progeams that Obama and rest of loony left have pilloried him for but Obama has continued to use unabated. Obama deserves credit for the killing but realize he succeeded despite his disavowing Bush policies that paved the way. So it was great Obama woke up and continued the Bush policies.

    May 4, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Nelson

    I'm so glad he is not attending. I think everyone forgot about back in march 2002 about president bush saying the following about bin laden six months after sept 11: "I'M REALLY NOT THAT CONCERNED ABOUT HIM." Bush quit finding bin laden! He didn't care! Obama on the other hand is showing how to really fight the war on terror. Also, in 2005, bush dismantled the CIA group to hunt down bin laden. Therefore, bin laden has been in that compound since 2005! To say bush deserves credit, I DON'T THINK SO! Obama finished the job! Bush quit finding bin laden!

    May 4, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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