Why did former President George W. Bush decline the White House invitation to attend today's ceremony at the World Trade Center site? Bush believes it is a public relations stunt and Obama is "taking all the credit" for finding and killing Osama bin Laden, reports the New York Daily News.
"[Bush] viewed this as an Obama victory lap," a highly-placed source told the Daily News Wednesday. Bush's visit to the rubble after the 9/11 attacks was the emotional high point of his presidency, but associates say the invitation to return with his successor was a non-starter.
"He doesn't feel personally snubbed and appreciates the invitation, but Obama's claiming all the credit and a lot of other people deserve some of it," the source added. "Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in motion the operation that got Bin Laden. It rubbed Bush the wrong way."
"Obama campaigned on a promise to capture and kill the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and revived the search for Bin Laden after it had lapsed during the Bush presidency," reports Think Progress. "That hasn’t kept conservatives from offering the former president praise while virtually ignoring Obama."
If GWB is looking to take more "credit" for something, how about the recession, the credit and mortgage market meltdown and two trillion dollar wars? And that's just to start.
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