Bush says he wasn't overjoyed by bin Laden news

May 13, 2011 - 9:28 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — George W. Bush says he was "not overjoyed" when President Barack Obama told him Osama bin Laden was dead because the campaign to track down the al-Qaida leader was done not "out of hatred, but to exact judgment."

ABC News reports Bush made his first candid public comments on bin Laden's killing Wednesday at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas.

The former president says he was at a restaurant when he got Obama's call. Bush says Obama described the secret mission in detail.

Bush says he told Obama, "Good call," and noted "the intelligence services deserve a lot of credit."

Bush has kept a low profile since bin Laden's death May 1. He has declined interview requests and Obama's invitation to join him at Ground Zero.