This stood out for me last night. I distinctly remember when Bush said Osama bin Laden wasn’t a concern. I had just mentioned to someone back then that all the administration talk is about Iraqi and the “Weapons of Mass Destruction” Iraq was going to use against the free world. At that point it had been literately 6 months since Bush had mentioned 9/11 or bin Laden. Bush, et al. had successfully diverted all the attention from al Qaeda and our 9/11 attackers to Iraq. Then out of the blue he got blind-sided at a press conference and uttered the “I’m not concerned about bin Laden” quote. I was shocked when he said it then, and I’m still shocked today. Thanks to Google- it’s all saved for the history books.
Kerry- Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this president was asked, “Where is Osama bin Laden?” He said, “I don’t know. I don’t really think about him very much. I’m not that concerned.” Bush - Gosh, I just don’t think I ever said I’m not worried about Osama bin Laden. It’s kind of one of those exaggerations.
Whitehouse Press Conference, March 13th 2002:
As I say, we haven’t heard much from (bin Laden). And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is. I — I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.