Former two-term Republican President George W. Bush has declined an invitation to attend next month's Republican National Convention in Tampa, his spokesperson Freddy Ford confirmed in an email Friday.
Since leaving office nearly four years ago, former Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush has been quiet about the job his successor President Barack Obama has done so far. The 43rd president has, however, been focusing his efforts in Africa. He argues that former presidents should not critique their successors.
If you expect to see Bush on primetime television this August, you can forget it as his office confirmed he will be skipping the convention. The news was first reported by Politico Friday afternoon in which Freddy Ford, the former president’s spokesperson, verified Bush declining the invite.
“President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” wrote Ford in an email to the news organization. “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.”
Meanwhile, due to health reasons, former President George H.W. Bush, who is 88 years old, also won’t be attending this year’s convention. He suffers from a type of Parkinson’s disease that affects his legs and mostly uses a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
The presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has been rather quiet about the incumbent’s predecessor. In much of his speeches or in interviews, he often never refers to Bush’s name or his presidency. Some argue because he is a polarizing figure, while others say it’s because many of his unpopular domestic and foreign policies that were implemented during his eight years in the White House.
Digital Journal reported in May that Bush unofficially endorsed Romney. Following a speech, Bush told reporters as he was getting inside an elevator that “I’m for Mitt Romney.” This prompted the Romney campaign to issue a letter of thanks.
The RNC will take place from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 in Tampa Bay.