Bush declines Obama’s invitation to go to Ground Zero

May 4th, 2011 - 10:07 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, May 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) President Barack Obama’s invitation to George W. Bush has been declined by the former President. President Obama is scheduled to address the nation from Ground Zero in New York to mark the death of Osama bin Laden.

Several people were invited to the event including Bush. In a statement released from the office of the former President, spokesperson David Sherzer said Bush wants to remain out of the spotlight since he is no longer in public office. The statement however congratulated Obama and all those involved for the killing of bin Laden.

Bin Laden was killed in a raid on early Monday by special US forces. The founder of al Qaeda was living in a mansion in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. The city is about 61 kilometers from the capital Islamabad.

Shortly after the death of bin Laden, Obama called Bush to formally inform him. Bush released a statement and congratulated the President. Bush tried unsuccessfully to kill or capture bin Laden while he was the President of the United States. His hunt for bin Laden started what he later termed “war on terrorism.”

Most of the victims of the September 11 attacks were killed at Ground Zero.

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