Guess who else won’t be going to Tampa

posted at 8:31 am on July 21, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

It seems as if every time I see a headline saying that such and such person will not be attending either the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte or the RNC shindig in Tampa, it’s bad news for somebody. Every prominent name who decides to take a pass on the President’s big party is just another embarrassment to him. On the Republican side, problems flare up if somebody fails to get an invitation to the big dance.

But now we get news of a notable no-show which may actually prove to be a positive story and set a good example for all.

Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned.

“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail. “He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he’s still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa.”

Asked if the former president had been invited to only attend or whether he was also asked to speak, Ford said the conversation didn’t get that far and the former president declined “before details were discussed.”

The younger Bush is sticking to his original plan, and one which dates back to an old tradition which more presidents might do well to emulate. With his time on the big stage done, he’s retired to a private life, engaging in charitable work and generally staying out of the way of history for the time being. This is an ideal time for former presidents to work on their memoirs to help historians understand and frame their time in office and the actions they took. (Or failed to take.) Also, when Americans have spent eight years looking to you as the leader of the free world, it complicates the job of the next person if you keep hanging around at the party too long. (And this applies no matter whether you feel the new Oval Office occupant is an upgrade or a downgrade.)

Other past presidents have handled this in a variety of ways. Bush’s father also stayed pretty much off the front pages rather than trying to continue the battle with Clinton, though he did show up in support of his son at critical times as one might expect. Reagan never really got in the way Bush 41 and, at least to my observations, seemed genuinely glad to be done with the job and get back to his ranch.

Clinton was quite a bit different, though to his credit he didn’t seem to leap out and get in W’s face very much, at least during the first term. But he also managed to turn the “job” of ex-president into one of the most lucrative positions going with multiple book deals, six figure speaking fees around the country and some very high profile foundations which kept his face on televisions around the world.

Jimmy Carter is possibly the most meddlesome of still living presidents, seeking to be a senior statesman on nearly every issue which comes down the pike. While I personally find that bothersome at times, I will admit that he also got out there and did some helpful work as well, such as Habitat for Humanity and other non-government community projects.

Bush 43 seems to be handling is place in the world in a way that I can only describe as admirable. It makes me wonder what our current President will do with his legacy once he packs his bags and heads for the private sector. Will his ego cause him to to keep circling the limelight, or will he too go back to Chicago and lead a private life?


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So corruption in government and media is a hobbyhorse.

[the_nile on July 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM]

What does corruption in government and media have to do with this subject?

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Maybe everyone needs to read the this quote again:

Asked if the former president had been invited to only attend or whether he was also asked to speak, Ford said the conversation didn’t get that far and the former president declined “before details were discussed.”

i.e. – yes W was asked to speak, but we don’t want to add fuel to the fire about the Palin snub.

ChuckTX on July 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

.

. …. Retirement?

How about: true American statesmen?

How about: true American hero?

How about: among the truly wise?

Mike OMalley on July 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

http://www.capitolcolumn.com/news/former-president-george-w-bush-declines-invitation-to-republican-convention/#ixzz21GvBMM2v

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the only Bush family member to attend the convention, according to CNN.

Hmm, I thought someone told me that former presidents were invited first.

When was Jeb Bush President of Florida?

Keep spinning…

ChuckTX on July 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

If you think of Bush and Romney as “faux conservatives”, maybe you need to reconsider what you are labeling yourself. Why not just let them have “conservative” and call yourself a libertarian?

Count to 10 on July 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Because RomneyCare, Medicare Part D (unfunded), No Child Left Behind, and bailing out losers is CONSERVATIVE?

If that’s true – label me as PROUDLY non-conservative!!

HondaV65 on July 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the only Bush family member to attend the convention, according to CNN.

According to Rinse Prybus – nobody’s been invited yet.

Of course – we know he’s a damnable liar so …

HondaV65 on July 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Uh, is Jeb speaking or just attending?

Voter from WA State on July 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

The point is, he received an invite….

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Can you imagine Bill Clinton or Barack Obama passing up a moment in the lime-light?

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

[Voter from WA State on July 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM]

I agree, but just to be clear since certain people here can’t comprehend the concept of time or order, and one or two have terrible reading comprehension skills, I agree that you (and others) are right about Presidents being at the top of the list, but don’t agree that, by your wording, “Then if they don’t accept, they go to the next level”, the implication that there is a limit to invites or a wait and see first on the invitation order, if you intended to imply that, which I don’t think you did.

Dusty on July 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Maybe everyone needs to read the this quote again:

Asked if the former president had been invited to only attend or whether he was also asked to speak, Ford said the conversation didn’t get that far and the former president declined “before details were discussed.”

i.e. – yes W was asked to speak, but we don’t want to add fuel to the fire about the Palin snub.

ChuckTX on July 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“In other words, we had to ask Bush to speak because he’s a former Republican President, but we really didn’t want him there because he’s bad for the brand so we extended a pro forma invitation. Knowing that we really didn’t want him, and understanding that he had nothing to gain, anyway, he sensibly declined, sparing all of us a lot of hassle and embarrassment. “

urban elitist on July 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

G.W.Bush — Class Act.

Barry Obama — Class Warfare.

Jimmy Carter — Devoid of class.

Ronald Wilson Reagan — An American Classic.

Bill Clinton — Simply crassFondles those who just finished class.

coldwarrior on July 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You-Eh-Vee on July 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

W was a major disaster. Every decision worse than the next. Of course he should be quiet for Mitt’s sake. Off-the-cuff comments from W would be very damaging. Who knows what he would say? He should lay low and be quiet as he was during the McCain convention. Republicans need to keep him and the Pat Robertson types under wraps. Focus on Obama and hope people have W amnesia. Clearing brush and golfing with soldiers are good activities for W.

ZippyZ on July 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Frankly I’m glad W Is keeping a low profile. As far as 0 is concerned. Once he is gone, I will never think of him again.

Bmore on July 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Once he is gone, I will never think of him again.

Bmore on July 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I think that is going to be way harder than you think. This man’s high opinion of himself knows no bounds, he will be in our faces forever.

Cindy Munford on July 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

I think Bush is classy. I also wonder if the “Bush camp” is kind of holding off- yeah, they want Romney to beat Obama. But if he doesn’t- Jeb 2016 may just be in the back of their mind.

I’m also laughing @ HotGas today. 7/19- oh, we’ve got weeks before we worry about sending invites, scheduling speakers, etc.

7/21- W. declines an invitation, and when asked if the invite included an offer to speak the spokesman says the invitation was declined before such details were discussed.

Hilarious!

cs89 on July 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

In case some feel my “weeks” comment is out of line, here’s a direct quote from Ed’s 7/19 post:

  As of right now, no one’s been invited to do anything — and the schedule won’t even begin to be addressed for another two or three weeks:

Must’ve been a busy day or two at Romney/RNC HQ…

/s

cs89 on July 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I like Bush.I think he was a great Foreign Policy president

Are you serious? I like W as a person, and he’s 100 times better than Obama, but let’s be real here. There are millions of people who will never vote Republican again due to his foreign policy. Where were the WMDs?

Yes Obama is the worst president in history, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking Bush was a real conservative.

steve123 on July 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Maybe everyone needs to read the this quote again:

ChuckTX

Maybe you should read it again. I don’t think it means what you think it means. Of course, in Palinland, everything is always about Palin, so maybe it does, lol.

Hmm, I thought someone told me that former presidents were invited first.

When was Jeb Bush President of Florida?

Keep spinning…

ChuckTX

Where does that article say they weren’t invited first? Maybe you should stop spinning…or at least cut back on the kool aid.

People sure get in a yank if they perceive any slight against Palin . . . imaginary or not.

Voter from WA State

That’s what cultists do.

xblade on July 21, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Where were the WMDs?

Maybe try asking Syria.

Yes Obama is the worst president in history, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking Bush was a real conservative.

steve123

And after making the thinly veiled “Bush lied about WMDs” comment, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking you’re a real conservative either.

xblade on July 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

“In other words, we had to ask Bush to speak because he’s a former Republican President, but we really didn’t want him there because he’s bad for the brand so we extended a pro forma invitation. Knowing that we really didn’t want him, and understanding that he had nothing to gain, anyway, he sensibly declined, sparing all of us a lot of hassle and embarrassment. “

urban elitist on July 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

…well, one troll made it out today…the other’s still sleeping?

KOOLAID2 on July 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

…well, one troll made it out today…the other’s still sleeping?

KOOLAID2 on July 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Sleeping, collecting taxes…or Welfare…under a bridge somewhere….

BlaxPac on July 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

let’s not fool ourselves into thinking you’re a real conservative either.

xblade on July 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

RINO says what?

idesign on July 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I think Bush realizes now how badly he eff’ed up and is more than a little embarrassed. He’ll never admit it of course, but he’s acting like someone that doesn’t want to appear in public not because of irrational liberal hatred, which is thick as concrete, but he also knows that conservatives would like to throw a shovel or two of dog crap in his face for HELPING obama do what he did to us from the first moment he had the opportunity to.

He screwed us over like a crazed moose in rut. Bush helped him, now it’s finally occurred to the dimwit what he did. I’d never shake Bush’s hand because of it, let along be wherever he appears. Let him go pamper starving obama wannabees in africa instead.

Wolfmoon on July 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I think Bush realizes now how badly he eff’ed up … but he also knows that conservatives would like to throw a shovel or two of dog crap in his face for HELPING obama do what he did to us from the first moment he had the opportunity to.

He screwed us over like a crazed moose in rut. Bush helped him, now it’s finally occurred to the dimwit what he did. I’d never shake Bush’s hand because of it, let along be wherever he appears. Let him go pamper starving obama wannabees in africa instead.

Wolfmoon on July 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

LOLZ!

Were there, are there too many knuckleheads and myopics on the Right? Ready and eager to throw in the towel under the relentless pressure of the Democrat-MSM agitation propaganda complex? I’d say so. But if any thing a majority of American voters “eff’ed up” in November 2008 and 2010. We tried to warn you yah know … But now you need a scapegoat and the Democrat-MSM agitation propaganda complex already has one pre-packaged and pre-sold. George W Bush. And you’re buy’in!

LOLZ!

Because of a lot of gullible righties who couldn’t keep the faith … we are so screwed ….

Mike OMalley on July 21, 2012 at 7:40 PM

think Bush realizes now how badly he eff’ed up … but he also knows that conservatives would like to throw a shovel or two of dog crap in his face for HELPING obama do what he did to us from the first moment he had the opportunity to.

He screwed us over like a crazed moose in rut. Bush helped him, now it’s finally occurred to the dimwit what he did. I’d never shake Bush’s hand because of it, let along be wherever he appears. Let him go pamper starving obama wannabees in africa instead.

Wolfmoon on July 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

LOLZ!

Were there, are there too many knuckleheads and myopics on the Right? Ready and eager to throw in the towel under the relentless pressure of the Democrat-MSM agitation propaganda complex? I’d say so. But if any thing a majority of American voters “eff’ed up” in November 2006 and 2008. We tried to warn you yah know … But now you need a scapegoat and the Democrat-MSM agitation propaganda complex already has one pre-packaged and pre-sold: George W Bush. And you are buy’in!

LOLZ!

Because of a lot of gullible righties who couldn’t keep the faith … we are so screwed ….

Mike OMalley on July 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM

From Bush to Obama = From frying pan to fire.

Only a blind partisan could remember Bush fondly. He was either a traitor or an idiot. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and go with idiot. The man wanted to sell enough of America to Islam so that maybe they would not want to damage their investments by funding dangerous folks like Osama Bin Fishin. Is that a clever notion? Accepting SA’s generous offer to flood America with Muslim students after 9/11 so they could celebrate Israeli apartite week in America was another. And he stuffed the gubmint with Muslim advisers from stem to stern. As a result Obamas job has been very easy with the ground work done by the dhimmie dummy W. And Jeb is the slightly less stupid one of the Royal Family too.

BL@KBIRD on July 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail.

So it would seem that some ARE getting invited. HMM!

DannoJyd on July 22, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I think Bush is classy. I also wonder if the “Bush camp” is kind of holding off- yeah, they want Romney to beat Obama. But if he doesn’t- Jeb 2016 may just be in the back of their mind.

What ever happens this November i sure as hell hope that no other candidate from the Bush family comes back into national politics in 2016, 2020 or any other year- it will show the GOP as being nothing more than a platform for the Bush family to seek national office.This will not go down well with the libertarian/Tea Party wing of the party if it stays true to its ideals.

We would not like the Clintons,Kennedys or even the Obamas become a permanent fixture of American politics and should have the same reservations when it comes to the Bush family as well.Power is inherently corrupting and to have one family have so much power over such a long period of time is clearly dangerous and goes against every thing the American Republic stands for.

Btw, thank God George W had the sense to turn this invitation down.

nagee76 on July 22, 2012 at 6:20 AM

Don’t be silly people. There was no “invitation”. Do you really want W walking around reminding Americans want the Republican party did the last time they had the Presidency? Karl Rove’s marketing creation did great harm to America.

ZippyZ on July 22, 2012 at 8:01 AM

This is George Bush. Why would he go to Tampa? His party is meeting in North Carolina

pwb on July 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

xblade on July 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

William Shirer, writer of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, started his book with an apology to historians, stating that while 20 years is far too short a time to give a judgment in a historical perspective.

This is the way history used to be viewed. Evidence of history was accepted for opinions, but the final judgment of history was given decades, centuries, before a final understanding of an age was given. Hell, we’re still arguing specifics of the Civil War.

I’m of the opinion, like xblade, the final judgment of the WMD’s is still open to debate. Like the Enigma cypher machine, which we captured in WWII and gave us intimate details of Nazi movements, facts spring up decades later.

Congress saw the same evidence that Bush did and gave the go-ahead. We sometimes forget that.

Anyway, no evidence, just my opinion. Unfortunately, even if Syria fell tomorrow, it will be decades still before the final story is told.

itsspideyman on July 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Too bad.

J.E. Dyer on July 22, 2012 at 10:48 AM

From Bush to Obama = From frying pan to fire.

Only a blind partisan could remember Bush fondly. He was either a traitor or an idiot. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and go with idiot.BL@KBIRD on July 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Projection perhaps?

I’ll amend my observation above. Were there, are there too many knuckleheads, myopics and ignorant blowhards on the Right? Ready and eager to throw in the towel under the relentless pressure of the Democrat-MSM agitation propaganda complex? I’d say so. But if any thing a majority of American voters “eff’ed up” in November 2006 and 2008. We tried to warn you yah know … But now you need a scapegoat and the Democrat-MSM agitation propaganda complex already has one pre-packaged and pre-sold: George W Bush. And you are buy’in!

Because of a lot of gullible righties who couldn’t keep the faith … we are so screwed ….

The man (Pres. Bush) wanted to sell enough of America to Islam so that maybe they would not want to damage their investments by funding dangerous folks like Osama Bin Fishin. Is that a clever notion? Accepting SA’s generous offer …

BL@KBIRD on July 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Yah just itching for that 10^9 (10 to the 9th power) casualty event? Yes?

Mike OMalley on July 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

itsspideyman on July 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

So true. I’m reading recently published Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by modern German historian Götz Aly, who argues that Nazi German, the Third Reich, was a socialist welfare state driven by welfare benefits expenditures, militarism and unsustainable growing massive debt engaging in a campaign of theft on an almost unimaginable scale–and by channeling the proceeds into generous social programs to the German volk. Hitler literally “bought” his people’s consent with other peoples money.

Drawing on secret files and financial records, Aly shows that while Jews and citizens of occupied lands suffered crippling taxation, mass looting, enslavement, and destruction, most Germans enjoyed an improved standard of living. Buoyed by millions of packages soldiers sent from the front, Germans also benefited from the systematic plunder of Jewish possessions. Any qualms were swept away by waves of tax breaks and government handouts.

This book is powerful and convincing. In my view one can not understand the Reich, WWII or the Holocaust without it.

as Omer Bartov testifies, this remarkable book “irreversibly transforms our understanding of the Third Reich.”

And note that book was publish around 60 years after the end of WWII.

Mike OMalley on July 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I think he deserves to be forgotten for TARP alone. Remember, one “aw sh*t” wipes out a thousand “attaboys” and TARP was a huge “aw sh*t”. Will never vote for another Bush and I don’t give a damn who the Democrat opponent would be. I don’t wish him ill, just gone.

swinia sutki on July 23, 2012 at 6:36 AM

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