Former President George W. Bush to skip Republican Convention
July 20th, 2012
05:22 PM ET
2 years ago

Former President George W. Bush to skip Republican Convention

Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush has decided he is not going to next month's Republican Convention.

"President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention. He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he's still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa," his spokesman Freddy Ford told CNN after inquiries about his plans.

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Since leaving office in 2009, the former president has tried to stay away from partisan politics.

In an interview this week with the conservative Hoover Institute the former president said "Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful. But I have no desire for fame and power anymore."

He also said he thought it was not good for former presidents to be part of the political conversation. "I don't want to undermine our president – whoever's president – and a former president can do that…Either you're in or out of politics…you can't be that halfway."

Bush is still an unpopular figure with many Americans. In a May 29-31 CNN/ORC Poll 43% of those polled say they had a favorable opinion of the former president while 54% said they had an unfavorable one.

Eighty-one percent of those polled in a July 11-16 CBS/New York Times survey said the former president contributed some or a lot to the nation's economic downturn (48% said a lot while 33% said some).

Last week Bush's father, former President George Herbert Walker Bush's office announced earlier this week he and his wife Barbara would not be attending the convention because his mobility is limited by a disease called vascular Parkinsonism that makes it hard for him to travel.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush will be attending the convention.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Jude

    No surprise here. Bush would remind the GOP that they were responsible for his horrible President-the worst in modern memory. Don't expect the old devil Cheney to show up either. These two villains shouldn't be on display and if those running the convention have an ounce of common sense, they don't want them on display.

    July 20, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Mark Lovett

    If I was George W Bush I wouldnt want to show my face anywhere! From the lies and deception of 3 trillion Iraqi War to tax breaks to the rich, and other schemes of malfesance, his destructive shameful legacy is something most people in the GOP dont want the American public to be reminded of.
    Still no matter how Romney wants to spin the Republican message at their convention, its still going to be same old schtick and smoke and mirrors. The GOP have never been for the common people. Thats why they are going to lose in November.

    July 20, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Lilyrosalie

    Was George W EVER the president??? I thought Cheney was.......
    I think George is back to drinking too much, but that is a personal opinion. He looks terrible in that picture.

    July 20, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. LIB

    Atleast the Dems are not attending because they want to focus on winning their elections and I agree that we need them to do that more than attend some convention. Only two dems are siding with the repubs by being negative. We don't need them. Hopefully the people will vote them out.

    July 20, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Name Richard

    For more years it's the must. Ya chose a president in waiting who do not understand the American life.

    July 20, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Real Issue

    The GOP wants to skirt the real issue and that is Mr. Bush 43 was simply the worst president in modern history. His want to be follower wants to be president with the same policies that have been tried by many GOP's starting with President Calvin Coolidge, who started the small government then right after Coolidge left office then the Great Depression was underway under the GOP President Herbert Hoover. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney has similar policies that will not work with this specific type of economy.

    July 20, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. Ghetto Bro

    Another major liability along with Bachman, Cantor, McConnell, Palin, etc etc. and this is the party that will save America? I think not. This is the party this selling you out. The middle class can do without these clowns.

    July 20, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. SamTheTank

    He really wanted to go but Romney begged him to stay home and watch Duke of Hazard.

    July 20, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Solar

    He really wanted to go but Romney begged him to stay home and watch Duke of Hazard.

    July 20, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. conoclast

    Wonder if he's learned how to pronounce "nuclear"?

    July 21, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  11. Dan

    People Listen! Does everybody realize the problems with our economy started a very long time ago with the selling of OTC derivatives? Way before Bush. It was not the result of any action/inaction by any president. It was the deregulation of the market that can be traced back to two people; Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers.

    July 21, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. Michelle

    He may have gone if it was in crawford.

    July 21, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  13. Miroslava

    Junior is still suffering from PDS of "flying shoes"!

    July 21, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  14. Miroslava

    Junior is still suffering from PDS of "flying shoes"! Make that PTS!

    July 21, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    Did he know entire middle east Is destabilized with Iraq war? Iran is taking it's course. Iraq would have been pro-USA. It would have pumped oil to USA and Yes, Bin Laden was in Pakistan, a rogue nation then and now. Idiot. Very pathetic idiot we elected for 2 terms from Texas. Yes, on Obama12...

    July 21, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  16. Willy Brown

    Yeah and look how fast all the "white democrat politicians" are bailing out of there convention. Hmmmm......

    July 21, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  17. GI Joe

    I'd say he is ashamed to show his face, but I've decided republicans (all of them) have no shame. They destroy a country and then write a book to make even more money. Anyone who believes any of them is a fool.

    Look at Palin - part of lamestream media, as she complains about it.

    $$$$$$$$

    July 21, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  18. ron

    Mr. Bush, I'll be honest and tell you that I think you really screwed things up for the US of A and I voted against you. Having said that, you're not in office any longer AND, I always felt your heart was in the right place. I think it's time for people to give you a little credit for trying and let you live "happily ever after". BUT, the policy/affects are still fair game. Just not you, personally. (I wish my republican friends could reach that point with me)

    July 21, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  19. Jstic

    4 years later and the Republicans still can't get far enough away from GW Bush to be comfortable. Without a doubt, and by a large margin, the very worst POTUS in the history of our great country, and the man who almost single handedly brought down the greatest country ever to be on this earth. Generations will be paying for is mistakes for the next 5 decades. And Romney wants to continue the economic policies of this guy?

    July 21, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  20. Scott

    Bush is out of politics, and after almost 4 years we are still trying to blame Bush, It time that the Democrats and OBummie step up and admit, their failure is the reason we are trillions in debt, unemployment over 8%, billions in stimulus money given away to rich fat cats and jobs over seas. Selling arms to the Drug cartels. Biggest tax increase in history due to Obama Care. The Obama Presidency is one of the most corrupt presidency this country ever saw. Obama is not the trusted way foward, he is the problem ont the solution. Vote Romeny for a better and stronger America.

    July 21, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  21. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    @ Logic N LA

    yes you could read the postings here from right wingers saying the Dems were jumping ship...not want to be seen with Obama. But now when it has been said certain GOPers are skipping their convention you hear crickets from them now. I wonder why?

    July 21, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bush's "Mission Accomplished" statement meant one thing only and that was that he killed the man that threatened his father. No President in history has ever gone after one man and created and left a wake of disaster, even a bounty hunter doesn't do that. America will never forget or forgive GWB, too many lives were destroyed forever.

    July 21, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Anne P

    Can yo imagine Bush and Romney in the same room? OMG!!! He wrote a book about the economy? Did he take ownership for handing us this pile of cr@p? And Romney wants to do more of the same? No thanks! Bush doesn't even really support Mittens...how sad, Mittens.

    July 21, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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