After snubbing President Obama’s invitation to attend Ground Zero ceremonies, back at the ranch the George W. Bush donned his old cod-piece fitted flight suit and unfurled his old “Mission Accomplished” banner on the back of his F-250 pick-up truck. The former president decided to hold his own victory celebration over the death of Osama bin Laden even after saying he was “truly not that concerned about him.”
Bush was reportedly ticked off at not being given more credit for the bin Laden attack with a source close to the former president reporting, “Obama gave no credit whatsoever to the intelligence infrastructure the Bush administration set up that is being hailed from the left and right as setting in motion the operation that got Bin Laden. It rubbed Bush the wrong way.”
However, President Obama stated the night that he announced Bin Laden’s death, “Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counter-terrorism professionals, we’ve made great strides” in the war against Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terror network.
It is more likely Bush’s peckishness was caused by him not having been the president to capture Bin Laden “dead or alive”. At the urging of wife, Laura, and mother, Barbara, the former president was encouraged to cheer himself up by reenacting some of his “Mission Accomplished” moments from the past.
Instead of getting to fly onto the deck of an aircraft carrier like he did in May 2001 declaring success in Iraq, the pouting former president drifted through a number of victory laps in his favorite F-250 pick up on a makeshift track on his Crawford ranch. It was later learned the former president was only a passenger in the truck, leaving operation of the truck to a professional stunt driver.
Bush later defended the switch, joking, “Heck, my stunts are big time. After all, it was I who got Osama out of his cave and into a million dollar estate in Pakistan.”
As an afterthought, Bush added, “The world will never forget I was the president who got all those weapons of mass destruction to disappear.”
That said, Bush put on his mountain bike helmet and climbed aboard the passenger side of the pickup as his stunt driver performed an extended wheelie. Large clouds of dust were stirred up from a pair of over-sized brass truck nuts dragging from the back of the pickup that left a trail as far as the eye could see.
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