President George W. Bush declined an invitation from the White House to join President Obama in a visit to Ground Zero Thursday.
“President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday. He appreciated the invite, but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight. He continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror,” according to a statement released by Bush spokesman David Sherzer late Tuesday.
I was sent a copy of the phone transcript between President Obama, and Mr. Bush from Facebook, followed by an angry note from Julian Assange with another “ more accurate” Wikileaks one.
Here it is.
Obama: Hi, George. How are things?
Bush: Not bad, Barry. Rehab was a bitch, but I’m 90 days sober. Got my little pin here and everything. Gotta tell ya, I miss the buzz, tho.
OB: Uh, yeah…same here with the smokes. Hey, George the reason I’m calling is that I’m going down to the Trade Center to kind of celebrate us taking out Bin Laden, and was wondering if you would like to come along.
OB: Bin Laden…Osama Bin Laden…the al qaeda guy.
Bush: Hell, I just can’t place the name, Barry.
OB: Osama Bin Laden… The guy who planned the 9/11 attacks. Long beard, turban, owns majority stock in Halliburton.
Bush: Oh, HIM! I’ll be damned, you got him?
OB: Uh, yeah, George. It was kind of all over the news.
Bush: Yeah, well… Laura don’t let me watch the news much anymore. She thinks it’ll toss me off the wagon.
OB: I see. Uh, she can come too, George.
OB: Focus , George. Ground Zero. New York City.
Bush: Oh, yeah. Is Brownie coming?
OB: No. Brownie is not coming.
Bush: Wolfie, The Chainsaw Cheney Hammer?
OB: George! This is not a frat party for your administration! I am inviting you to join me in a very somber tribute.
Bush: Do I have to give back my “Mission Accomplished Banner?” It’s so gnarly lookin hangin up over the bar down here.
OB: No. You can keep your banner.
Bush: And my flight jacket? Laura and I like to play out that scene in Top Gun. Ya know…I’m Tom Cruise and she’s…
OB: George… way too much information. You can keep the flight jacket, the banner and even wear the helmet. Are you coming or not?
Bush: Easy there, Barry… don’t go gettin your chuck lucks all tight. Is Hillary gonna be there?
OB: I’m not sure. Maybe.
Bush: Can ya do me a favor?
OB: What is it, George?
Bush: Can ya ask her to wear that orange pantsuit…the one where her butt kinda peeks out from under the jacket?
OB: Goodbye, George
And, so I can say the NY Times report that Mr. Bush will not be accompanying the president to ground zero Thursday is accurate.