Hiding behind his bullhorn

Hiding Behind His Bullhorn

by digby

Did I say Bush declining the invitation to Ground Zero was more likely due to his usual petulance and jealousy rather than grace and class? Yes I did.

And guess what?

“[Bush] viewed this as an Obama victory lap,” a highly-placed source told the Daily News Wednesday. [...]

“He doesn’t feel personally snubbed and appreciates the invitation, but Obama’s claiming all the credit and a lot of other people deserve some of it,” the source added.

“Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in motion the operation that got Bin Laden. It rubbed Bush the wrong way.”

Oh what didn't rub him the wrong way?

I think it's understandable. The highest point of his presidency was the day he stood at Ground Zero and became the head cheerleader of America promising that "the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon!" Going back nearly ten years later and watching a different president get credit for it would be a painful reminder of all of his epic presidential failures. It would take a much bigger man than George W. Bush to emerge from hiding for that particular ceremony.