Bush Visits 9/11 Museum, Unannounced, for First Time

NEW YORK -

Former President George W. Bush paid an unannounced visit Sunday evening to the 9/11 museum, spending a somber hour looking at exhibits on the topic which defined his two-term presidency.

“He was clearly moved by the museum and its contents,” a law-enforcement source told the New York Post.

His first visit to the museum, Bush arrived when it was still open to the public, and shook hands with some Port Authority police officers.

He had been invited to the museum’s opening in the summer by President Barack Obama, but declined at the time.

He appeared especially moved by “The Final Column,” a surviving beam from one of the towers.

“You could clearly see that this was something he had wanted to do for a long time,” the source said.