My latest syndicated column was inspired by Five for Fighting singer/songwriter John Ondrasik’s tweet this morning suggesting that President Obama invite former President Bush to join him at Ground Zero on Thursday. Late tonight, word spread that just such an invitation was reportedly extended. President Obama deserves some praise for the gesture.

Unfortunately, Bush has apparently declined.

As my column spells out today, I wish he’d reconsider. It’s a missed opportunity for President Obama to move the country forward and upward beyond the pre-9/11, Bush Derangement Syndrome-wracked morass that so many of his fellow travelers would return to in a heartbeat. Perhaps President Obama will throw in more than just an obligatory nod to his predecessor on Thursday in his absence.

Hope lives.

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