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Why Wasn't George W. Bush at the 9/11 Museum Dedication?
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 05/15/2014 3:35:08 PM PDT by Kaslin

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RUSH: We go to Queens. This is Marie. Thank you for calling. It's great to have you here. Hi.

CALLER: Yes. Rush, I listened this morning to the dedication of the memorial. It was very big, very beautiful, but as I told Mr. Snerdley, "Where the hell was President Bush? Why wasn't his name even mentioned?"

RUSH: You know, I didn't have the sound up when I watched that, not much of it. I had it on TV.

CALLER: Well, his name wasn't mentioned. He wasn't there, that's for sure. But his name wasn't even mentioned.

RUSH: This is the 911 Museum, right?

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: The dedication to the museum? Well, I saw Governor Cuomo there.

CALLER: He should have been the first person to speak, or at least his name mentioned. I'm very upset. I lost a son there.

RUSH: I have to say, she's got a point here. I have to say, you've got a point, Marie. Here's who I saw. I saw Mayor Doomberg, I saw Mayor de Blasio, I saw Governor Cuomo, but you're right. I didn't hear anything. Did they mention him?

CALLER: You saw everybody but President Bush. Even his name wasn't mentioned.

RUSH: Well, now, you say the event was not political. Did you...?

CALLER: It wasn't political? (scoffs) All the other guys are there.

RUSH: Well, I want to ask you about it not being political. You say it was not supposed to be political.

CALLER: It wasn't!

RUSH: But when you were watching, nobody made any political comments? You didn't get any political vibe from it when you were watching it?

CALLER: I cried. That's all I did. I went teary. I said, "Where the hell...? Why isn't President Bush's name even mentioned? It's like he didn't exist."

RUSH: It's an interesting point.

CALLER: I -- I -- I... Maybe I'm crazy! Maybe it's me; I don't know.

RUSH: (interruption) Yeah, I heard. She lost her son on 9/11.

CALLER: Yes, I did. He was a fireman.

RUSH: And that's why you...?

CALLER: And I'm all upset because of it.

RUSH: Don't misunderstand. I'm just trying to learn how you think here. Why were you...? Were you expecting to hear President Bush's name mentioned, and why?

CALLER: Well, I thought he'd be there. I don't... Everybody else was there! Everybody concerned with that day was there. Giuliani, you name it.

RUSH: Well, his office put out a statement, Marie, that he was invited to the dedication of the museum --

CALLER: Yeah?

RUSH: -- but that he had a scheduling conflict and couldn't make it.

CALLER: Well, I really don't believe that. (laughs)

RUSH: Well, but it's his office that is saying that.

CALLER: Yes, I know.

RUSH: Well, Marie, I appreciate the call. Thanks. You know, people that lost family and loved ones 9/11, I know a couple. The term "closure"? There still isn't any for a lot of people, and there may not be for a while.

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RUSH: We've been doing a little investigating. We had a caller from Queens earlier by the name of Marie upset that George W. Bush name not mentioned at the dedication today of the 9/11 Museum. She was also upset that he wasn't there. She thought that he should be mentioned, thought that he should be there. The president's office issued a statement saying that they were invited and had a scheduling conflict.

And one of the former president's spokesmen, a guy by the name of Sherzer, said that the president "has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight." That's David Sherzer. He added that Bush "continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the War on Terror." Here's an excerpt from the statement that the office released:

"The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City will preserve the memory of that day for future generations. It will honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives and the bravery of those who saved others. And it will help ensure that our nation remembers the lessons of September 11th: that what happens abroad can affect us here at home, that evil is real, and that courage and love triumph over terror and hate."

Hmm. That's a good lesson. It doesn't surprise me that President Bush would not show up, given the statement of David Sherzer. He's chosen, in his post-presidency, to remain largely out of the spotlight. I can't tell you the number of times -- and I was fortunate to be invited to the White House a few times. I spent a lot of time with President Bush, for just an average citizen, and I asked him about this a lot.

"Why don't you respond to some of this? Some of this criticism is not just affecting you. It's affecting all the people that vote for you and supported you." And every time I asked him, he said a variation on the theme that he had such reverence for the office, that he was not going to diminish it by taking it political. He wasn't going to go where his critics were, be it the gutter or wherever.

He viewed it to be beneath the office. All of his critics were beneath the office. He wasn't gonna go there. And the one thing that you can say about George W. Bush is that he's well mannered. He was well raised. And there are some traditions and protocols that he's just not gonna violate, and one of them is when you leave office, you're gone. You don't stay public. You don't continue to try to influence things.

This is what he believes. He believes that's the right thing to do, and I firmly believe that's why (besides the "scheduling conflict"), he thought it best not to go. His time has come and passed in terms of being president. Now, contrast that with Bill Clinton who still can't get over the fact that he's not there, meaning in the White House, and desperately wants to get back.

And I believe... When I heard that Barack Obama plans to live in Washington after his term of office expires -- if it does (ahem) -- that told me a lot. No president stays in town. They all decamp. They all leave. They go back somewhere. But Obama is gonna stay there, and there's one reason why. He's not going to sit quietly by... Let's say there's a Republican elected president.

He's not gonna sit quietly by and let whatever he thinks he's accomplished be unraveled. He's gonna be speaking up often about what he disagrees with, and he knows he's gonna have the media in his back pocket. And that is what Bush refuses to do. He will not do it. It's kind of frustrating in a way. He will not do it. He will not offer one word of criticism for any president. Not Clinton. Not Obama.

He simply will not insert himself into these affairs. Even if achievements he thinks that he was responsible for are attacked and unraveled, he won't do it, because of his view of the office and the protocols and the traditions, and being well-mannered. That's all part of it. So that statement doesn't really surprise me. It frustrates a lot of people, as it did our first caller, Marie from Queens.

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1 posted on 05/15/2014 3:35:08 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

He probably finds the whole thing offensive to Muslims.


2 posted on 05/15/2014 3:42:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Kaslin

I agree. One of Bush’s big problems, in a sense, was that he was a gentleman, and instead of standing up on his hind legs and fighting back against the insane attacks on him, he either shut up and took them quietly (thereby letting people believe they were true) or he made friendly gestures to the opposition, hoping that this would prove his good will.

Also, I have never seen any president attacked the way Bush was.

He also probably stayed away out of consideration for the families and victims, because I’m sure all the Dem and even a lot of conservative loonies who now also suffer from BDS would have been out there making the day a nightmare.


3 posted on 05/15/2014 3:43:44 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
!00% Spot on. Sometimes true valor is invisible while the phonies steal the show.

A few years ago Paul Tibbetts died. He elected to be buried anonymously because he knew his gravesite would be a circus for apologist and revisionists.

4 posted on 05/15/2014 3:54:43 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Kaslin

obama is offensive. He should never have been there. George Bush allowed the democrats to roll him time and time again.
He should have been there to show the difference between him and obama.


5 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:21 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Kaslin

No nobel peace prize...


6 posted on 05/15/2014 3:57:43 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: Kaslin

and the museum?? Did they credit President Bush in any way? Are there photos of him? or did they scrub references to him?


7 posted on 05/15/2014 4:00:08 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: livius

That probably has more to do with it, than anything.


9 posted on 05/15/2014 4:04:47 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Kaslin
"Either you are with us or you are for the terrorists." ~~George W. Bush
10 posted on 05/15/2014 4:10:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: minnesota_bound

I didn’t even watch it. I had no interest in it with the arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave being there and giving the speech.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 4:11:13 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.


12 posted on 05/15/2014 4:11:37 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: livius
One of Bush’s big problems, in a sense, was that he was a gentleman, and instead of standing up on his hind legs and fighting back against the insane attacks on him, he either shut up and took them quietly ...

Bush picks his fights...

If and when he does enter - we'll all know it's the real deal - and we'd better be ready to fight.

If Obama makes a move to be a dictator - all the ex-Presidents will stand against him... including Clinton. My guess is even Carter...

Hopefully when Obama's time is up he'll take his family back to Chicago and allow the next President to be in charge...

13 posted on 05/15/2014 4:34:42 PM PDT by GOPJ (Obama - when will you tell radical muslims to stop clinging to their guns & religion?)
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To: GOPJ
he'll take his family back to Chicago and allow the next President to be in charge...

Like the Clintons, they'll head for NYC where all the media honchos reside. Baraq will be on PMSNBC and MooseChelle on The View and Blowprah.

14 posted on 05/15/2014 4:38:24 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Kaslin

IIRC, this museum was supposed to have free admission when conceived but now they want to charge admission. Nobody should go there on those grounds alone (for any reason).


15 posted on 05/15/2014 4:39:32 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: GOPJ

Obama is going to be the most noxious ex-president in history; he’ll make the meddling, pedantic jimmy carter look like a saint.

If obama had a shred of decency, he is the person who should have saluted his predecessor in his remarks today.


16 posted on 05/15/2014 4:41:27 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: mwl8787
Obama is going to be the most noxious ex-president in history; he’ll make the meddling, pedantic jimmy carter look like a saint.

You got that right....they aren't going away.

17 posted on 05/15/2014 4:42:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mwl8787
Obama is going to be the most noxious ex-president in history

Truer words were never spoken, and the jerk will only be 55 yrs old when he leaves office.

18 posted on 05/15/2014 4:43:15 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

And Sasha and Malia will be groomed to be politicians as well.

The Kennedys - Now In Black.


19 posted on 05/15/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin

According to a story in the New York Times, Bush was invited but declined because of a previous commitment.


20 posted on 05/15/2014 4:46:45 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Kaslin
I'm glad President Bush didn't join the parade of egos today.

Thank you Mr. President for having class and grace, and for helping me to feel safe for awhile.
22 posted on 05/15/2014 5:05:45 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: livius

If Bush’s staff or Bush himself would’ve been more responsive to the liberal lies told about him.

More’s the pity.


23 posted on 05/15/2014 5:21:05 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Salvation

Did ya know Bush allowed in more Muslims *after* 911 than came to the US in the two decades prior to 911?


24 posted on 05/15/2014 5:34:07 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: novemberslady

I happen to like President Bush, although I didn’t agree with all his policies. He was and is a decent man - unlike the POS now squatting at the WH. He was in office during a time when our country needed him and thank God it wasn’t Al Gore. Say what you will, but GW was the last president - I don’t consider the poseur a president. Hopefully, we will get another one in 2016. I hate all the hatred toward the man - he served his country during our darkest days. I find it sickening that former ADEM presidents have to try and keep their mugs in the public eye.


25 posted on 05/15/2014 5:34:38 PM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: dfwgator

O’Bastard should go back to Indonesia, his home.


26 posted on 05/15/2014 5:37:57 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin

What really got me was seeing Bill and Hillary there with their chins in the air.

Of course, if Bill had done his effing job none of this would have happened. These people have ZERO shame.


27 posted on 05/15/2014 5:53:25 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria
if Bill had done his effing job none of this would have happened

It's interesting that everything from 2009 to current has been "Bush's fault" but nothing from 2001 on was "Clinton's fault"

28 posted on 05/15/2014 5:55:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Kaslin

He was in Bentonville, Arkansas today. My husband was downtown and spotted him leaving a meeting room adjacent to the Walmart visitors’ center. No idea why he was there but it was him. A cop friend of ours was heading up the motorcade, I don’t know if he has any details but I can ask his wife when I see her tomorrow.


29 posted on 05/15/2014 5:55:55 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: pfflier
From wiki...

Tibbets died in his Columbus, Ohio, home on November 1, 2007, at the age of 92. He had suffered small strokes and heart failure during his final years and had been in hospice care. He was survived by his wife Andrea and three sons, Paul III, Gene and James. In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated, and his ashes were scattered over the English Channel, which he had flown over many times during the war.
30 posted on 05/15/2014 5:56:57 PM PDT by sjm_888
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To: GOPJ

I wish I could agree, but I’m not so sure. One thing all of these ex-presidents agree on is that government knows best. And if the principal agent of government decides to stick around beyond his term’s expiration date, I worry his predecessors will make excuses for him rather than condemn him.

Particularly since Obama would justify his tyranny by reason of national emergency. All of his predecessors prefer “national unity” to constitutional integrity, and would decline to say anything that might encourage widespread revolt.


31 posted on 05/15/2014 5:59:11 PM PDT by MadeInOhio
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To: All; Kaslin; Alamo-Girl; Protect the Bill of Rights

NEVER FORGET

.

..’The Man Who Predicted 9/11’.. Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s7FBIkEtVM

http://rickrescorla.com

.

NEVER FORGET


32 posted on 05/15/2014 6:25:56 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the ping!


33 posted on 05/15/2014 8:00:55 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GOPJ

“Hopefully when Obama’s time is up he’ll take his family back to Chicago and allow the next President to be in charge...”

Towards the end of this article, Limbaugh mentions that homobama will reside in DC after his presidency. And Rush adds that brack will be the only president to do so.

Limbaugh surmises that obama wants to fight any challenges to his legacy that the next president may pose.


34 posted on 05/15/2014 9:44:23 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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To: Vision Thing

A couple of months ago, Obama said they would be staying in DC until the girls finished school at the posh, private school they attend.


35 posted on 05/16/2014 1:44:30 AM PDT by octex
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To: sjm_888
Tibbets died in his Columbus, Ohio, home on November 1, 2007, at the age of 92. He had suffered small strokes and heart failure during his final years and had been in hospice care.

The 509th was one hell of a fine package delivery service.

36 posted on 05/16/2014 1:56:55 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: livius

Simple answer, really. NYC is the heart of “enemy territory”. “Injun Country”.


37 posted on 05/16/2014 5:08:17 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

When my youngest son was in high school one of his favorite teachers lost her husband in Afghanistan. He was just 27. Heartbreaking.

At calling hours, I told her I had a talk with my son explaining that her husband did not just make the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His sacrifice was for each and every one of us.

I promised her as long as I have breath in my body, I will forever be thankful and I will never, ever forget.


38 posted on 05/16/2014 6:36:52 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: dfwgator

He will be the 19th hole at a gay golf course in chicago.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 12:06:39 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe it was smart for George W. to stay away.
He would have been surrounded with communists and insane liberals. They would have turned the ceremony into a “It’s Bush’s fault” campaign. He is a private citizen now and can choose where he goes and when.


40 posted on 05/16/2014 12:14:46 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: Kaslin

W doesn’t owe anyone a damn thing.


41 posted on 05/16/2014 12:15:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: livius

I believe ZERO and his Administration forbid Bush to take part...


42 posted on 05/16/2014 1:02:38 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: livius
Also, I have never seen any president attacked the way Bush was.

You must have missed the Reagan years.

43 posted on 05/16/2014 4:24:48 PM PDT by Ophiucus
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To: minnesota_bound

The way GWB catered to Democrats and “our democracy” makes me wonder if he regretted ever taking up nominal “Republican” affiliation. Same with Robert J. Dole


44 posted on 05/16/2014 7:10:06 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: nascarnation

You’d be surprised how much the American people admire him and like an “active”e ex-president who promises them everything.


45 posted on 05/16/2014 7:13:18 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
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To: Theodore R.

The whole Bush clan is a massive disappointment. If a Bush wins the Republican nomination for President again it will be the first time I will vote for a third party.


46 posted on 05/16/2014 7:40:23 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: nickcarraway
He probably finds the whole thing offensive to Muslims.

Okay, low-blow...

Jesus Christ: You can’t impeach Him and He ain’t going to resign.




47 posted on 05/18/2014 4:18:26 PM PDT by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: livius

IMHO, he understood that people needed to vent and as President, he was the target.

One of my neighbors lost her son fighting in Iraq. He invited her to meet with him in private shortly after her son was killed and met with her twice afterwards.She was very impressed by his graciousness and willingness to hear what she said. She was a veteran, herself, but was still working through her grief during the first visit.


48 posted on 05/18/2014 4:32:32 PM PDT by MediaMole
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