Funny, he just so happened to show up yesterday:
Former President George W. Bush paid an unannounced visit to the 9/11 museum Sunday evening, and spent an hour somberly looking at the exhibits.Yes, so he could just so happen to appear in social media posts like this:
"He was clearly moved by the museum and its contents," said a law-enforcement source.
Bush arrived at 6 p.m. with his security detail while the museum was still open to the public.
Tonight I went to the 9/11 memorial for the first time, It was George W Bush's first time too. What are the odds pic.twitter.com/Y0vDeW8TsT— Brooke Jones (@Brookedjones) December 15, 2014
Met President Bush today at the 9/11 museum. Shook his hand. Will never wash hand again. pic.twitter.com/Kd6d1I5kcf— Annie Oakley (@GotMyAR15) December 15, 2014
Dick Cheney played the bad cop yesterday, responding to the torture report by angrily insisting that everything the U.S. did in the aftermath of 9/11 was justified, including torture (in fact, including the torture of innocent people), because 9/11 was awful for Americans. The former vice president was in prince-of-darkness mode on Meet the Press; a few hours later, Bush was at the memorial trying to play good cop to Cheney's from-the-pit-of-hell cop. I don't think that was by accident.
The quote above is from the New York Post's story on Bush's appearance; here's more:
... "He views what happened on 9/11 as the defining moment of his presidency," the [law-enforcement] source said, adding that it was obvious to everyone there that his visit was not a photo op.Oh yeah -- it's so obvious that it wasn't a photo op. (Here's a local news slideshow of the visit.)
And why does Bush always talk about 9/11 as his presidency's defining moment? Why, for Bush, is 9/11 all about him? Why is it all about how 9/11 shaped his write-up in the history books?
"You could clearly see that this was something he had wanted to do for a long time," the source said.Um, the museum opened in May; the memorial on the grounds opened in 2011. What took him so long? It's not as if he has a job.
It was Bush's first visit to the museum.
No, he wanted to wait until now because of the torture report. Oh, and because he hopes it will occur to some people that his new book about his father would make an excellent Christmas gift. Oh, and Jeb's clearly running for president -- gotta polish up the Bush brand on his behalf.
Am I really so cynical that ascribe ulterior motives to this uncomplicated man? You bet.