Why Wasn’t George W. Bush at the 9/11 Museum Dedication?

Bush not even being mentioned is very suspect.
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We’ve been doing a little investigating. We had a caller from Queens earlier by the name of Marie upset that George W. Bush name not mentioned at the dedication today of the 9/11 Museum. She was also upset that he wasn’t there. She thought that he should be mentioned, thought that he should be there. The president’s office issued a statement saying that they were invited and had a scheduling conflict.

And one of the former president’s spokesmen, a guy by the name of Sherzer, said that the president “has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight.” That’s David Sherzer. He added that Bush “continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the War on Terror.” Here’s an excerpt from the statement that the office released:

“The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City will preserve the memory of that day for future generations. It will honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives and the bravery of those who saved others. And it will help ensure that our nation remembers the lessons of September 11th: that what happens abroad can affect us here at home, that evil is real, and that courage and love triumph over terror and hate.”

Hmm. That’s a good lesson. It doesn’t surprise me that President Bush would not show up, given the statement of David Sherzer. He’s chosen, in his post-presidency, to remain largely out of the spotlight. I can’t tell you the number of times — and I was fortunate to be invited to the White House a few times. I spent a lot of time with President Bush, for just an average citizen, and I asked him about this a lot.

“Why don’t you respond to some of this? Some of this criticism is not just affecting you. It’s affecting all the people that vote for you and supported you.” And every time I asked him, he said a variation on the theme that he had such reverence for the office, that he was not going to diminish it by taking it political. He wasn’t going to go where his critics were, be it the gutter or wherever.

He viewed it to be beneath the office. All of his critics were beneath the office. He wasn’t gonna go there. And the one thing that you can say about George W. Bush is that he’s well mannered. He was well raised. And there are some traditions and protocols that he’s just not gonna violate, and one of them is when you leave office, you’re gone. You don’t stay public. You don’t continue to try to influence things.

This is what he believes. He believes that’s the right thing to do, and I firmly believe that’s why (besides the “scheduling conflict”), he thought it best not to go. His time has come and passed in terms of being president. Now, contrast that with Bill Clinton who still can’t get over the fact that he’s not there, meaning in the White House, and desperately wants to get back.

And I believe… When I heard that Barack Obama plans to live in Washington after his term of office expires — if it does (ahem) — that told me a lot. No president stays in town. They all decamp. They all leave. They go back somewhere. But Obama is gonna stay there, and there’s one reason why. He’s not going to sit quietly by… Let’s say there’s a Republican elected president.

He’s not gonna sit quietly by and let whatever he thinks he’s accomplished be unraveled. He’s gonna be speaking up often about what he disagrees with, and he knows he’s gonna have the media in his back pocket. And that is what Bush refuses to do. He will not do it. It’s kind of frustrating in a way. He will not do it. He will not offer one word of criticism for any president. Not Clinton. Not Obama.

He simply will not insert himself into these affairs. Even if achievements he thinks that he was responsible for are attacked and unraveled, he won’t do it, because of his view of the office and the protocols and the traditions, and being well-mannered. That’s all part of it. So that statement doesn’t really surprise me. It frustrates a lot of people, as it did our first caller, Marie from Queens.



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