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George W. Bush Gives First Public Reaction to Osama Bin Laden Death ^ | 5/13/2011 | Devin Dwyer

Posted on 05/13/2011 8:05:12 AM PDT by Morgana

Former President George W. Bush made his first candid public comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden during an appearance Wednesday at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas.

"I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies," Bush said when asked what he was doing when he received the call from President Obama, according to an ABC News contributor who attended the event.

"I excused myself and went home to take the call," Bush said. "Obama simply said 'Osama Bin Laden is dead.'"

Bush said Obama described in detail the secret mission to raid bin Laden's Pakistani compound and the decision he made to put the plan into motion. He told Obama, "Good call."

The 43rd president and man who initiated the hunt for bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks has shied from the spotlight since news broke nearly two weeks ago. Bush has declined interview requests and Obama's invitation to join him at Ground Zero to meet with victims' families and first responders four days after the raid. PHOTO: George W. Bush Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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But appearing before the crowd of 1,800 at the glitzy Bellagio resort and casino, Bush appeared light-hearted and relaxed in talking about bin Laden's death.

When asked by forum moderator Melissa Lee of CNBC how he felt upon learning the news, Bush said he was "not overjoyed," explaining that the campaign to track down the 9/11 mastermind was done not "out of hatred but to exact judgment."

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1 posted on 05/13/2011 8:05:15 AM PDT by Morgana
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To: Chode

2 posted on 05/13/2011 8:07:29 AM PDT by Morgana (I speak no more)
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To: Morgana

I’m willing to bet a steak dinner that Zer0 didn’t call George Bush on his own. And if I had to pick who told him to show some class and make the call, I would guess either Leon Panetta or Hillary.

3 posted on 05/13/2011 8:08:38 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Morgana
Bush said. "Obama simply said 'Osama Bin Laden is dead.'"

I knew the O didn't have proper phone manners.

4 posted on 05/13/2011 8:12:11 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Vigilanteman

and then only after a quick poll proved that Obama could benefit by doing so.

If I were Bush I think my comment would have been “Good”.

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Be damned if I’d say anything to glorify that ahole who saw nothing wrong with buidling a mosque on sacred ground.

5 posted on 05/13/2011 8:13:01 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Morgana

It amazes me just what a drop off it was from W to the current popinjay in the White House.

W loved this country and understand what she needed (for the most part). The current occupant hates this country and is trying to destroy her.

6 posted on 05/13/2011 8:16:11 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (osama gets 72 virgins. We get 72 versions...)
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To: Morgana

Bush should have said “sorry for your family’s loss”.

7 posted on 05/13/2011 10:08:03 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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