Bush declines Obama invite to ground zero
Washington - A spokesperson for George W Bush says the former president has declined an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend an observance at the site of the destroyed World Trade Centre towers in New York City.
Obama plans to the visit the site of the September 11 2001 terrorist attack on Thursday in the aftermath of a Navy Seals raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The terrorist attack, which killed about 3 000 people, occurred in the early months of Bush's presidency in 2001.
The spokesperson, David Sherzer, says the former president appreciated the offer to attend but has chosen to remain out of the spotlight during his post-presidency.
Sherzer says Bush celebrates bin Laden's death as an "important victory in the war on terror".