At Buzzflash: Bush Quotes about Bin Laden
(reproduced in its entirety).
For your amusement and future reference, here's what Bush has said about bin Laden at various points in time, depending on how he was trying to spin things:
9/13/01 "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."
9/17/01 "I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
12/28/01 "...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county [sic]. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door open -- we just don't know...."
3/13/02 "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."
4/8/02 "I am truly not that concerned about him."
Here's another one from March 1, 2006
"I am confident he will be brought to justice. What's happening is, is that we got U.S. forces on the hunt for not only bin Laden, but anybody who plots and plans with bin Laden. There are Afghan forces on the hunt for not only bin Laden, but those who plot and plan with him. We've got Pakistan forces on the hunt. And part of my message to President Musharraf is, is that it's important that we bring these people to justice. He understands that. After all, they've tried to kill him four times. So we've got a common alliance, all aimed at routing out people who are evildoers, people who have hijacked a great religion and kill innocent people in the name of that religion."