- The Washington Times - Friday, May 16, 2014

Former President George W. Bush’s absence at the 9/11 Memorial Museum dedication in New York City on Thursday may have confused some of the victims’ families, but it turns out he had a good excuse: he was meeting with a crowd of living recipients of the Medal of Honor in Bentonville, Arkansas.

While at the ceremony, Mr. Bush received the Patriot Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s highest recognition, the Daily Mail reported.

Another reason that Mr. Bush might not have attended the event in New York City may have been his inclination to try and avoid the spotlight.

“His family is in Texas, his friends are in Texas, and his Presidential Library is in Texas,’ a former official told the Daily Mail. ‘And he really doesn’t want to invite attention. He’s going to wait and let history judge his performance, especially in the months after 9/11.”

One woman, who probably did not know where the former president would be during the 9/11 ceremony, called into the Rush Limbaugh show to complain.

“He should have been the first person to speak, or at least his name mentioned,’ Marie said. ‘I’m very upset. I lost a son there,” she told the radio host, the Daily Mail reported.

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