I originally published this post in May 2011. Considering the current attempts by the Koch brothers and Veterans for a Strong America to swift boat President Obama using the death of bin Laden, I thought it was a good time to bring it to the forefront again.
We can rest assured that if George W. Bush had been responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden, the right wing would have begun carving his face on to Mt. Rushmore by now, and we'd never hear the end of it. Instead, President Obama did the job, and the right wing wants to crucify him for it out of pure and simple jealousy, as well as a desire to defeat him in November.
Quotes by former President George W. Bush from Sept. 13, 2001 through March 13, 2002 regarding his intent toward Osama bin Laden:
Two days after the 9/11 attacks, on Sept. 13, 2001, George W. Bush said:
“The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.” source
Five days after the 9/11 attacks, on Sept. 16, 2001, George W. Bush said:
“My administration has a job to do and we're going to do it. We will rid the world of the evil-doers.” source
Three months after the 9/11 attacks, on Dec. 14, 2001, George W. Bush said:
“We're going to get [Bin Laden] Dead or alive, it doesn't matter to me.” source
Three and a half months after the 9/11 attacks, on Dec. 21, 2001, in a White House press release highlighting the “accomplishments” of his first year, George W. Bush had this to say:
“But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me.” source
Six months after the 9/11 attacks, on March 13, 2002, George W. Bush said:
“I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority.” source