By lex, on May 4th, 2011
W knows he’ll never have to run for another election, and has wisely forgone an invitation from the sitting president:
President Obama invited former President George W. Bush to join him at ground zero in New York City on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden, but Mr. Bush declined, a spokesman for the former president confirmed on Tuesday.
“President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday,” said his spokesman, David Sherzer. “He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with Americans this important victory in the war on terror.”
Smart, too. President Obama has in the past been churlish to invited guests: He asked Congressman Paul Ryan to join him at a speech he gave at George Washington University last month, and then used the opportunity to publicly bash Ryan’s budget balancing proposals from the bully pulpit.
And it’s one thing for college students to take a victory lap around Ground Zero. Presidents – sitting or otherwise – are well advised to display a little more gravitas.
It’s a good thing, when standing in the winner’s circle, to act as though you belong there.