The President's public remarks prior to GWB's decision not to attend were made the night Bin Laden was killed. A transcript is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/02/remarks-president-osama-bin-laden. I just reread it, and it seems to very briefly, but accurately outline what happened. There were years of painstaking work by the intelligence community. In addition, he said: "Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counterterrorism professionals, weve made great strides in that effort. Weve disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense. In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government, which had given bin Laden and al Qaeda safe haven and support. And around the globe, we worked with our friends and allies to capture or kill scores of al Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot." I didn't have the impression that he snubbed the intelligence community or the military. After the announcement, there were many people from the administration giving credit to the intelligence community. The only people/actions that weren't given credit were related to "enhanced interrogation." It would have been nice to see some unity for a change, but as a liberal, I do appreciate that he is following historical precedent of not publicly criticizing the current administration.