January 19, 2013
(NECN) - Former President George W. Bush will not be there on Monday when President Obama takes the oath of office for a second time.
A statement to NBC News reads, “President and Mrs. Bush wish President Obama and his family all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend."
No reason was given for Bush's absence. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, will not be there either.
I'm guessing Former Vice President Cheney will also be sending his regrets?
It's amazing how irrelevant this former President is becoming, isn't it? Huge contrast with Bill Clinton who remains an influential figure and was a big star at the DNC this year.
He's still a few pages away from the end of "My Pet Goat."
Well, let's be honest, R3, he was never really president. He was just the charismatic frontman (for some) of The Cheney Administration. GWB was always just the electable face of Dick Cheney.
Dubya is the first and only president who had to stay in his limo during his inauguration ceremony (the stolen one) because there were protesters pelting his car with eggs and shouting anti-Bush slogans at him.
As Bush was leaving in a helicopter after the President Obama's first inauguration, some of the crowd was singing "Na-na-na-na. Hey-hey-hey, GOODBYE!" I'm sure he doesn't want to go through any of that ever again.
Same with Chaney.
Is Bush seen much in public? It kind of strikes me that he's become a shut-in.
[quote] It kind of strikes me that he's become a shut-in.
He knows that he has a lot to answer for (and doesn't have the ability to answer) so he is indeed keeping a low profile.
If nothing else, you'd think the moron Bush would recognise that attending the inauguration is symbolic of much-needed closing of the divide between the American people. You think he'd be there for his country but, I guess not.
Well, at least it will mean one fewer headache for the Secret Service that day.
His breasts are very waxy lately. Being a criminal changes one's bosoms.
He doesn't want to be sitting there while hearing Obama mention the wrecked economy he had been handed four years ago.
Who cares if he goes or not? Bill Clinton is still relevant because he wants to be. If I were Bush, I'd say Fuck Obama too.
[quote]He knows that he has a lot to answer for (and doesn't have the ability to answer) so he is indeed keeping a low profile.
Pfffft. As if. Bu$h -- the same one who couldn't think of a single mistake that he'd made? I highly doubt that he thinks that he has anything to answer for.
Happily, we have't seen him and I'd like to keep it that way. He's likely been on a four-year bender -- drunk off his ass as much as possible.
He, his dad, and his brothers should be sitting in Guantanamo.
What an asshole.
R14 you are very wrong.
We are losing the last vestiges of respect and tradition in this country. The elder Bush would have attended age and health permitting, because he has much more understanding of what that would symbolize.
Clinton is relevant not merely because he wants to be. He has made consistent contributions to the world at large since leaving his presidency. Young Bush simply opted out.
If W wasn't invited to the Republican Convention, why would he show up at BO's second day of triumph?
I didn't realize former presidents are invited to a re-election inauguration. I know they have to go to the first election inauguration when they are the outgoing president
I'm sure the Obamas are thrilled that the horrible bush family didn't show up
R20 Oh, I don't know. Those twins used to be pretty good partiers.
His father is gravely ill. No doubt this is the reason. Bush still has the balls to attend the 9/11 anniversary.
Carter should be there. His family is in a large part why Obama is getting sworn in again.
Does anyone really want them there? Doubtful
Bush 1 is still very sick so I can see him not going. W is probably still afraid to show his face in public.
[quote]Well, let's be honest, [R3], he was never really president. He was just the charismatic frontman (for some) of The Cheney Administration. GWB was always just the electable face of Dick Cheney.
Cheney was shut out at the end of Bush's presidency.
Bush has every right to opt out if he wants. It's a free country, at least for now.
Well, R26, like George W. Bush said, he is The Decider. Remember his own famous quote about the presidency - "If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier... as long as I'm the dictator. Hehehe."
Well yeah R25. After all the damage was done.
It's nothing personal. We don't associate with negros in general.
Why should he attend if he doesn't want to? I think it's only in the last 25 years that every non-dead former President shows up. I mean, it's nice to be automatically invited, but really it's just window dressing, right?
The inauguration falls on Martin Luther King Day, so this is working out quite well for people who need to miss work to attend the festivities -- that is, if they work at all.
He's pulling an LBJ, growing his hair out, railing at imaginary dead soldiers that he sent to die and slowly drinking himself to death.
"Why should he attend if he doesn't want to?"
How nice that he gets a choice. Because it's not like the people had any choice in the matter of him becoming President in the first place.
It's completely disrespectful. As a former President, he should go. If the elder Bush weren't so sick, he would have gone. That's what you do.
One time every four years to show your face is a lot to ask? Come on. And at this time, when the parties are so divided, it's a good show of support.
As for the not wanting to face public humiliation, tough shit. A few boos and jeers is nothing.
Lyndon and I wanted to be hippies when we left the White House. We grew our hair out, and wore ponchos and love beads around the house in Texas. I called him Sunflower and he called me Prairie Dawn.
Cheney's in Aspen, darling. Enjoying all the money Haliburton continues to bestow upon him.
[quote] Cheney was shut out at the end of Bush's presidency
yeah, after he ruined the world. The damage had already been done
[quote] It's amazing how irrelevant this former President is becoming, isn't it?
He's keeping a low profile hoping his idiocy will fade from memory. Then he'll try to rehabilitate himself.
He's busy drinking.
He'd rather sit on his ass and do nothing, which is basically what he's always done.
You are quite uninformed if you believe that he is in any way hiding in shame and/or contrite. He travels outside the country more often than many would expect, including for "charitable" reasons, and, like President Clinton, he often speaks for lucrative fees. He's even spoken jointly with Clinton at non-public, compensated events.
[quote]He travels outside the country more often than many would expect,
You are quite uninformed if you believe this baloney. There are warrents out for his arrest for war crimes that keep him from many nations.
"There are warrents out for his arrest for war crimes that keep him from many nations"
Not quite. R44.
I could post many more sources, but I'll leave it at this for now. I think he and his administration were a disaster for this country and much of the world, but I also don't deny facts that are quite easily verifiable.
"U.S. President George W. Bush visits Zambia to combat HIV/AIDS" - July 4, 2012
I for one hope that he's been busy drinking himself to death.
Notice he won't go to Europe. Where he is HATED.
If you'll recall, he never traveled BEFORE he was President, either.
Bush's Swiss visit off after complaints on torture --- reuters.com
George Bush calls off trip to Switzerland ---
Bush's Shrinking World --- Democracy Now
Bush cancels Europe trip amid calls for his arrest --- Salon.com
George W. Bush cancels Switzerland visit over fears of arrest --- Daily Mail
WAR CRIMINAL GEORGE W. BUSH WANTED IN CANADA --- Global Research
George W. Bush Cans Swiss Trip as Groups Promise Prosecution for War Crimes --- ABC News
Amnesty International insisted that “Anywhere in the world that he travels, President Bush could face investigation and potential prosecution for his responsibility for torture and other crimes in international law, particularly in any of the 147 countries that are party to the U.N. convention against torture."
Who's Afraid of War Crimes Prosecution? Cheney Cancels Canada Trip -- Global Research
In R45's link to show how safe Bush is from prosecution, Jeff Stein wrote in February 2011: [italic]John Dinges, author of "The Condor Years: How Pinochet and his Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents," pointed out that Bush had to be indicted somewhere before he could be arrested--which leaves him little cause for worry.[/italic]
Then in May 2012, Stein's claim could no longer hold up because there is an indictment.
In the first verdict of its kind since former President George W. Bush left office, he and several members of his administration have been successfully convicted in absentia of war crimes in Malaysia.
This past Friday, a five panel tribunal delivered a unanimous guilty verdict after a week long trial that, unsurprisingly, was not covered by American media. The witnesses included several ex-Guantanamo detainees that gave testimony on the conditions and human rights violations that were systematically carried out under orders of the Bush administration.
Former President Bush, Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo that crafted the legal ‘justification’ for torture that basically said, ‘we can if we want to even if it’s illegal’ were the defendants. None were present, of course, but international war crime trials do not require the presence of the accused. The trial was run according to the standards set by the Nuremberg Trials to convict war criminals after World War II.
Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said, “The tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.
The United States is subject to international law which makes this trial significant beyond the borders of Malaysia.
Since the arrest of the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London in 1998, international leaders can no longer be confident of immunity. Israeli politicians have cancelled trips to London and elsewhere for fear of arrest warrants.
Human rights groups, however, believe the threat of legal action did ultimately force Bush to alter his travel plans, and they say they will continue to press for prosecution of Bush if he travels to other countries who are signatories to the Geneva Conventions.
"Waterboarding is torture, and Bush has admitted, without any sign of remorse, that he approved its use," said Katherine Gallagher, an attorney with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights.
Lawyers against the War (LAW) filed a report with the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) alleging that Canada repeatedly violated the Convention against Torture by allowing George W. Bush to enter Canada and then failing to arrest and prosecution him for torture. LAW states that Canada has also violated Convention obligations by failing to educate those in charge of law enforcement including police, civil servants and elected officials, about Canada’s duty to prosecute torture suspects—wherever and against whomever the torture occurred—when either the victim is a citizen or the suspect is in Canada.
From March 2012:
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Elizabeth, have cancelled a planned speaking engagement at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre next month, citing safety concerns. According to the president of the promotion company that booked Cheney for the April 24th speech, “He felt that in Canada the risk of violent protest was simply too high. They specifically referenced what happened in Vancouver.”
The reference is to a fierce protest of Cheney’s speech in British Columbia last September which necessitated the use of Vancouver riot police and [bold]kept Cheney locked inside the speaking venue for seven hours[/bold] while crowds were dispersed.
Other Washington insiders, too, have been forced to be careful with their travel arrangements due to the possibility that they will be prosecuted for war crimes. Famously, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has had to be careful about where and how he travels, as he has been linked to war crimes in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus and East Timor, and could be arrested under the Geneva Conventions Act in any country that is a signatory to that convention.
Bush's only trips out of the United States prior to becoming President...Were to Tijuana.
Seriously. That fucker HAS NO curiosity (but it's safe to infer, a disdain) about the rest of the world. His dad was the Ambassador to China. Nothing. Not even a trip to London or Paris. That coke addled, closeted fag couldn't be bothered to leave the country. Unless it was to a pharmacia and a donkey show.
All that money and he never even went to the fucking Bahamas. He's what is wrong with America. But with money and and armies at his disposal.
[quote]armies at his disposal.
Yet he went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard, did not ever get an Honorable Discharge and, to this day, is a military deserter.
I agree he was absolutely not obligated to go. I don't get OP's point. Why should he have gone?
He won't be missed.
OP wasn't making a personal point. He simply called our attention to the fact that former president George W. isn't attending the inaugural.
You can bet he'd have attended if Romney had won.
[quote]Is Bush seen much in public? It kind of strikes me that he's become a shut-in.
Bush admits that he has gone into political exile in Texas, although he claims it is self-imposed.
You can bet he'd have attended if Romney had won.
Again, I don't get this. Why [italic]shouldn't[/italic] he attend an inauguration for someone from his own party, and decline an invitation from someone from the opposing party?
You make it sound like he's insulting Obama because he's bad; but 2nd inaugurations are not big deals. There's not much reason to attend a 2nd inauguration (that's going to be a private swearing-in in the first place) if you're from an opposing party. I would not have expected Carter or Clinton to attend GWBush's 2nd inauguration either.
[quote]I agree he was absolutely not obligated to go. I don't get OP's point. Why should he have gone?
Former Presidents almost always go to inaugurations - even when elderly. President Carter is expected to attend. Both Bushes were there 4 years ago.
The Senior Bush has a legitimate reason to attend since he was recently in the hospital and just got back home, but the younger Bush not so much.
[quote]Carter should be there. His family is in a large part why Obama is getting sworn in again.
Carter is expected to attend - he's in better health than Bush I.
And yes, it was Carter's son who helped get the 47% tape out.
[quote]Former Presidents almost always go to inaugurations - even when elderly.
They almost always go to first inaugurations--not to second ones for re-elected presidents.
[quote]President Carter is expected to attend.
President Carter is a Democrat.
[quote]Both Bushes were there 4 years ago.
That was President Obama's [italic]first[/italic]inauguration. First inaugurations are much bigger deals than second inaugurations.
[quote] And yes, it was Carter's son who helped get the 47% tape out.
[quote]And yes, it was Carter's son who helped get the 47% tape out.
It was his grandson, not his son.