Former President George Bush has made what could be his classiest move ever. He declined an invite to join President Obama at Ground Zero Thursday to mark the death of Osama bin Laden.
What, with all the hullabaloo that's going on these days -- and cashing in -- regarding the death of the terrorist, I think it's an elegant move on the former President's part not only to celebrate privately, but to remain out of the spotlight in general. 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. He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror.
Well, that certainly doesn't sound like that pinwheel holding, propeller-hatted president we all knew and ... knew.
Perhaps President Bush is just enjoying his time out of the spotlight. I mean, he wasn't the most well-liked president. And constantly being reminded of that probably takes its toll eventually.
However, we all know that Bush wasn't the master behind everything during his presidency. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condi Rice all had their hands in the cookie jar -- perhaps more than Bush. And they don't want us to forget their administration -- and the key role they played in this mission. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN's American Morning on Tuesday:
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. 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 another CNN interview, Rumsfeld extolled Bush's much-debated 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. That information was patched together over a period of time.
You know what I'm thinking? I'm thinking that Condi and Donald should actually take a page out of their former leader's book right now. I think this could be the best "leading" he's ever done! Instead of trying to cash in with the rest of the world, why not just lay low and celebrate on their own?
What do you think of President Bush's decision not to attend Thursday's ceremony?
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