The White House invited President Bush the second to join President Obama on his post-bin Laden tour of Ground Zero on Thursday, but W. skipped the ceremony in favor of maintaining a low profile.

Obama made do with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had nice things to say about the president.


Obama’s visit drew inevitable comparisons with President George W. Bush’s tour of the rubble a few days after the Sept. 11 attacks — when he grabbed a bullhorn and promised “the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”

Obama invited Bush to join him at ground zero. The former president declined because, according to a spokesman, he wanted to keep up the low profile he has maintained since leaving office.

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