By David Jackson, USA TODAY
Former president George W. Bush will not be joining President Obama during a Thursday event at Ground Zero to mark the death of Osama bin Laden.
Obama had invited his predecessor to a ceremony at the site of 9/11 attacks in New York City.
Bush appreciates the invitation, "but has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight," said spokesman David Sherzer.
Sherzer added that Bush "continues to celebrate with all Americans this important victory in the war on terror."
Obama is visiting the site of the World Trade Center towers struck by planes on Sept. 11, 2001. The president will also be meeting with families who lost loved ones that day.
The trip will come four days after the Navy SEAL operation in Pakistan that led to the death of bin Laden, organizer of the 9/11 attacks.
Obama has also invited former president Bill Clinton, but he will likely not be able to attend because of scheduling conflicts.