Bush declines Obama invite to ground zero

2011-05-04 08:28

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".

  • mlesoli - 2011-05-04 08:35

    Bush is a sob, he just can't believe that he failed to capture Osama and only President Obama could capture the elusive terrorist

      Gorilla - 2011-05-04 08:56

      What a load of bollocks mlesoli. Bush was correct to decline the invite and stay out of the limelight on this one, it has nothing to do with sulking. George Bush as much as you may be on the politically correct "anti-bush bus" was a clever president who had two terms of leadership. You think you get into that office being a chump?

      Gorilla - 2011-05-04 09:00

      Also, by the way, the operation to nail Osama took 4 years of hard graft and intelligence work. Obama has not been in the hotseat that long, so he was responsible for the last bit of it. And it was not onlu Obama (or Bush) who were responsible - there were hundreds of personnel on the ground.

      Stefanus - 2011-05-04 09:21

      agree with u Mlesoli

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-04 10:17

      Gorilla, even an animal like you can become the president of usa.

      yellow - 2011-05-04 10:35

      mlesoli, the political complexity is massive. World stability is and was always at risk. I think the US, as big brother as they may be, has world stability at the center of their actions. The decisions made by the Bush administration were difficult ones under very difficult and emotionally raw circumstances. That guys has got zero charisma, but he was the figure head of some ballsy decisions that I support. He and his administration had a great run, except for the prudence of their fiscal and economic management, which there's much to be said for. As past president that served two terms during a complex time globally, he surely has a right to tone down his presence, to spend time with his lovely family and to enjoy his swing on the golf course. I would have liked to see him there, but I respect his decision to decline the invitation. I am convinced that there's no sulking.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-04 11:21

      Gorilla he wouldnt know what to do. I still remember his reaction when he was told of the twin towers. He is a chump, thinks America is the only country in the world and if Reagon could be President then I supposeDonald trump can also be.. Dad's connections

  • zulufox - 2011-05-04 08:37

    he's probably pissed off that he isn't the one who nailed him...

  • cj.venter - 2011-05-04 08:48

    if i was oSama, i would have shaved my beard off to hide from oBama.

  • Reader - 2011-05-04 08:51

    Bush is guilty!

      Ixian - 2011-05-04 08:57

      Guilty of what, picking his nose? Please elaborate when accusing somebody of something.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-05-04 10:18

      Ixian... you must be reterded to not know what bush is guilty of

  • grant.hide - 2011-05-04 08:56

    WWF is so real, man... Those guys arnt acting...

      Theuns - 2011-05-04 10:02

      At least they're trying ;-}

  • tass - 2011-05-04 09:07

    Maybe Bush has the inside information Osama is not really dead, or maybe he like a coward, scared Al Qaeeda will attack him if he attends.

  • GT - 2011-05-04 09:21

    Pretty tacky to go to the memorial... wait for the 10 year anniversary. Great action by Obama on this one... balls of steel. Interesting to se Palin did not even mention him in her congrats notes. She is one stupid lady.

  • Reader - 2011-05-04 09:27

    @Ixian - If you actually paid attention to anything regarding the 911 story, you would know what I am talking about. I you don't have anything useful to add to this article, shut the hell up.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-05-04 09:31

    Bush can't face the reality of the murders committed by his daddy's CIA and the pretence that Bin Laden did it...

  • El Cid - 2011-05-04 09:46

    Bush did the right thing by not being seen with the ID10T Bush was the one who got things in motion, now wants all the credit?? Typical monkey.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-04 11:22

      And you handing out bananas

      Grant - 2011-05-04 11:58

      Dont really care who gets the credit, or if it even actually happened - but anyone who thinks Bush has even a half-a-brain in him must be smoking something pretty damn strong!

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-04 18:30

      The hunt for Bin Laden was started by Bill Clinton. He was severely chastised by the Republicans for this. When Bush took over, they fired the guy in charge of the operation. The Republicans then got a rude awakening on 9/11. This is why George W. Bush can take credit for nothing.

  • RVQ - 2011-05-04 09:53

    Why do leaders get credit for the hard work of the men and women that actually caught him? Apart from giving the order to move I don't think any president spent days and nights for the last x years hunting these guys down...

      brown_bread - 2011-05-04 10:04

      Because he could have called them back, and they wouldn't have had the country's support and resources to do so. Geez, is it that difficult to understand!!!???

      RVQ - 2011-05-04 10:29

      Yes it is! You saying you give him credit for 8-9 years worth of hard work of other people coz he gave the order to move in, LOL! Management in your company must love you!

  • JR - 2011-05-04 09:58

    Typical idiot. Did he think that Bush will be seen with him, this useless president blamed him for everything than he could just do win and then change NOTHING. Same as Malema who now wants a deal, go to hell.

      Grant - 2011-05-04 11:59

      American Presidents are puppets - cant believe its so hard to see...

  • LS Mhlongo - 2011-05-04 10:01

    G.W Bush must swallow the pride & just salute Obama, we all know that he could not capture Osama. But still i am not convinced that he is dead.

      IHLOBO - 2011-05-04 12:28

      Bush and Obama probably have chatted for ages on the phone or in person about this already. I work for a company that makes decisions that are often questioned by staff and then they have the opinions. Without knowing the whole story we are all ill informed. I like to think we are all fallible and when we fall we learn to get up. We will all have to make decisions we have to live with and they may often not be the right ones. To the world you may not be someone but to someone you may be their world. Bush and Obama - I salute you both - your jobs are not easy.

  • Taurus15 - 2011-05-04 10:08

    Bush is afraid of the ghosts at ground zero because he knows exactly who was responsible for 9/11, and now there is another ghost to be more afraid off...Bin Ladin's.

      LS Mhlongo - 2011-05-04 10:21

      lol @ ghosts

      IHLOBO - 2011-05-04 12:22

      Do you really think Bush is responsible for telling people to ram them planes into the twin towers. Imagine the hate others feel for America - that they were driven to do such a shocking thing. In Syria / Africa / all over the world. shocking things are happening. Our media always bring up and then crush people. Freedom of speech is fine, but you have to have knowledge on a subject. I am not an American but I am a human being who makes a point of at least being informed. With every action, there is always a reaction - makes you think doesn't it.

  • Grant - 2011-05-04 10:17

    Bush doesnt have anyone prepping his three answers for him anymore!! I swear - when he faced the press, he had three lines memorised, and would randomly pick a line for each question asked - regardless of how applicable it was. @Gorilla - you you HONESTLY think the guy was clever?? Come on - seriously - I bet he had velcro shoes!!

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-04 18:36

      Sis Grant! He had normal shoe laces. After it was found that he was unable to operate velcro, they apointed an official shoe lace tier.

  • diewitman - 2011-05-04 10:24

    Everybody listen! Just watch the movies ZEITGEIST, ZEITGEIST - ADDENDUM and ZEITGEIST - THE WAY FORWARD. Also "Loose Change" regarding 911, and all of this will be explained. You won't believe what crap Amerika fed the world in the last century! People should open their eyes and see we are all slaves in this world!

      IHLOBO - 2011-05-04 12:24

      I would be interested to know what country you live it.

      PJ - 2011-05-04 12:52

      You watch to many MOVIES!!!!!!!!

  • Yasr - 2011-05-04 11:09

    Is this the special needs class?

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-04 18:37

      Yes. Please sit down and pay attention.

      Peter - 2011-05-04 20:16

      Well asked :-)

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-04 11:31

    Hey all you fools commenting above! Bush is a Republican and Obama is a Democrat. The two political parties have always played the game on the weakness of the other during their reigns. That is American politics. If Bush attends basically that would be equivalent to saying the Democrats got it right and he failed, which isn't entirely true-but you've got to remember that Bush knows that Americans have a very little mind (they are very shortsighted) to look at the long history of the events leading to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Bush cannot and mustn't attend before the efforts of the Republicans are aired and appreciated in public. Obama is being silly to just invite Bush and before he publicly share with his people that his predecessor had laid all the ground work and set things in motion. Typical of the Clintons- I just wonder if Obama is the one in charge indeed. Mark my words on this one the Clintons and the Democrats leaders had a lot to do with this. In short the Democrats have assured themselves to stay in power for the next term. That is not difficult to understand okay! I am just amazed by the amount of racists comments from the racists who turn this into a race thing. Disgusting!

      Grant - 2011-05-04 12:02

      Its typical of POLITICS - not the Clintons, or the Democrats or the Republicans. Simple fact - you do everything you believe is right, and you will be voted out. You have to somehow balance what the country wants to SEE, and what you actually do. Write an article and post it on news24 - choose any topic you like, but try make a point and get everyone to agree with you, whatever that point is. Do it, and you'll see what I mean...

      PJ - 2011-05-04 12:41

      Hey Zakhele. It takes a very small mind to recognize another. Here it is called democracy, unlike your country of no choice. If we don't agree with their politics we don't vote for them. If the country is not being run as promised, we change our minds and are not blinded by a yellow t-shirt. We don't all agree on the issues, but that is human and I say it again "freedom of choice." Go pay your taxes so your dictator and his wife's can go spend it on something - small mind.

      Musa Kubheka - 2011-05-04 12:55

      ngyajabha ukubona umuntu wakithi ebhalisa okwesiwula... okukuqala nje uyasihlaza thina abamnyama; ubani oseke wasebenzisa ubandlulo kulaba ababhale ngenhla? okwesibili yini eyenza ubize abantu ngezilima singekho nesidingo?

      Zakhele - 2011-05-04 13:37

      Musa Kubheka- Juts read comments again and you will see that very quickly the whole thing turned into race. Don't judge me before you read mkhaya. Don't try to be polite speak the facts and the truth man! PJ- I take it that you are a non-South African and a non-African. Possibly you think you are an American. If you are residing in America (because I am pretty sure you are NOT a native American because what I said above is the politics of America- maybe you just happy to be surrounded by them), then go look in the mirror as to who is actually corrupting the African leaders thus making them dictactors. Speak facts-don't just say things for the sake of saying something. There is nothing called a yellow t-shirt. It's called the ANC and they happen to be running the country as we speak and it doesn't look like they will be voted out in 2014. So, rather change them from within.....For your information- African dictactors are not responsible for the global financial meltdown and we all know who is responsible. Lastly, count all the money owned by the Arab nations, India, Asia and Africa inside America and ask yourself these questions: Will America survive if these nations pulled out all their money out of the USA? Will USA companies survive without corruption? Corruption with who? Compile a list of all big America's corporations and just give me one in the top 100 that has never been involved in corruption both inside and outside of the USA?

      PJ - 2011-05-04 19:50

      Zakhele. Don't even go the corruption route with me. You are making it just to easy. Maybe you should think of 100 members in the ANC who is not corrupt. Not so easy buddy. So according to you the US is the beginning and end of all evil and the yellow jackets running your country is doing a bad job because of the US influence. Yes, they will be voted in again, due to guys like you who believe everything they say. Ask no questions, insist on nothing better and follow blindly. Also, maybe the African dictators should then stop asking for money from the west and then no deals will be made. Think about it for a minute. Everything in live is about giving and taking. No money is ever handed out with no expectations, but the moment you are called upon to honor your side, heaven is on fire and it is called corruption. Africa needs the west, no matter what you say and how you feel about it. Or from what I read, Zuma is real thick with China and think they are going to be his new wallet. Suprise waiting there.

  • IHLOBO - 2011-05-04 12:16

    What often angers me when I read the above comments is the anger and hate people carry around with them everyday. When someone is President they are surrounded by advisors who tell them what's going on and it is a joint decision made by the President and his followers. You know how it goes you pay for everything when you are the top guy. This man Bush has great passion for his country and I'm sure as a leader who was elected sits and ponders on some of his decisions everyday. Unfortunately when you are in the line of fire so to speak you have to make unhappy decisions and stick by them. Not every decision will be 100% perfect or imperfect. That's why none of us are President - may God bless Obama - but think of what people would have been saying today if the Navy seals were shot and Osama got away - the world is very fickle. It all boils down to trusting the leaders - do you or don't you - if you don't change them at the next elections - that's the truth of it all. Bush, I understand totally why he didn't want to attend - standing next to Obama who has "succeeded" and he has "failed" - imagine the headlines the next day. The press is shocking all over the world. Give these men a break, they are doing their best and are only human after all. If soldiers are scared of dying then they should chose a different profession - God bless them all.... as they try and make us safe.

      Zakhele - 2011-05-04 12:51

      On your statement: "God bless them all.... as they try and make us safe." Just don't forget that America was given this power by God to be the sheriff of the world and it is the seventh and last kingdom before Jesus comes to take over. That means the Americans will rule the world until Jesus comes. Just an interesting one mate: Apparently Goerge Bush senior advised George Bush junior to do everything to avoid war before going to Iraq. But as you say it normally a joint decision- George Bush had wanted to listen to his father. But then again he said this man (Saddam) wanted to kill my father.......I must admit I hate the Americans as a group BUT when I am up there in the air crossing the ocean I never forget to think of one nation that has said no to the killing of innocent people-America. Part of me hate Bush and Obama when they talked about plans to bail their USA country from its debts-plans which basically state that someon else will pay the bills. But another part of me loves these men for their courage to stand up against the dictators- unless of course there are 710 (flip upside down=01L) reasons to go after them. Kidding!

  • Robot One - 2011-05-04 14:26

    Of course Bush declined, that satanic freemason illuminati puppet feels too guilty for the atrocities he committed in the 9/11 attacks on his own people.

      Ravat - 2011-05-04 14:32

      I totally agree with you comment

  • 123online123 - 2011-05-04 15:11

    I agree with Bushy to stay out of the limelight on this one.... good move.

  • Areufukinser - 2011-05-04 16:17

    He just does not want to go as Obama will be assassinated soon so he wants to be clear of that scene!!! WWWAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH

  • Eskandriya - 2011-05-04 16:43

    Sour grapes, Bush? Don't want to share the limelight with Obama, so you stay at home. Don't worry, I don't think you would've had much shining on you, being forgotten as soon as your a$$ was kicked out of the White House. Is that the real reason you didn't want to go?

  • cgtours - 2011-05-04 20:48

    All of you are eally behaving and commenting like Idiots. Osama Bin Ladin has been hunted by 3 Presidents in America- They ALL contributed on this road-OBAMA was the one to benefit from years years of Special Forces/Information gathering/deciphering etc. - if he was in Clintons place and Ckinton now in his place- Clinton would have benefited or Bush the other way around. OBAMA was never in any forces. did not fight in Vietnam/Iraq or Afghanistan-NO EXPERIENCE whatsoever in defending his Country.He became President as a Politician - He is SOLELY DEPENDANT ON THE INFORMATION and the EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES OF HIS gENERALS AND ARMED FORCES- WITHOUT them, HE HAS NO CLUE>= THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO TRACED/FOUND/ESTABLISHED/ WENT IN AND RISKED THEIR LIVES!!- Not Obama,he was watching from the safety of America. Taking on Osama Bin Laden, the biggest Mastermind of World Terrorismn is not an easy task! and in a strange Country and completing the whole operation in a matter of 40 MINUTES ! WOW!That was a miracle. All of you commenting here- would you have been prepared as one of those few crackshot troops to undertake this mission? NO! I think the bEtter question would be- Are you competent/trained and qualified to EVEN consider this mission and then the BIGGEST QUESTION-DO YOU HAVE THE guts AND COURAGE TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS? ANY PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE THIS WEEK AND BENEFITTED ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT CONTRIBUTE HIMSELF - he just had to say yes or no and then even from advice!!

  • cgtours - 2011-05-04 21:01

    i RAN OUT OF SPACE, SO i WILL CONTINUE- SO TO ALL OF YOU ARMCHAIR HEROES! with your comments- would you have been prepared to be dropped off by helicopter in the middle of the night under heavy fire, within the compound, run around and look on which floor Bin Laden is? risking how many unknown factors, BE HONEST! wOULD YOU HAVE HAD THE GUTS?no!!! SO GO TO BED! BIGGEST LAUGH OFF COURSE IS- COULD THE NOW SOUTH AFRICAN DEFENCE fORCE HAVE DONE THIS OPERATION? ha ha ha..Our Minister of Defence with all her WAR fighting Experience and Medals earned in Combat?? HA hA hA..MAybe a couple of the so called

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