No reason given, but I think we can guess.
President Barack Obama plans to visit New York City on Thursday to mark the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
NBC News reported that Obama invited former President George W. Bush to attend the event but Bush does not plan to attend.
NBC said Bush plans to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 at ground zero in September.
Only two possibilities. One: Bush recognizes that this is, more or less, an Obama campaign commercial and would rather not be part of it. Two: Bush doesn’t want to encroach on the singular role that Obama, as president, should rightly have in leading the ceremonies marking Bin Laden’s demise. Given how gracious Dubya has been in retirement, does anyone doubt that the second explanation is correct?