Just days after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush vowed that Osama bin Laden would be captured "dead or alive." But as the days turned into weeks, months, and years, Bush, along with political leaders of both parties seemed -- or at least claimed -- to no longer be interested in whether the "marginalized" al Qaeda leader would be caught. Now that he's finally dead, however, the very same people have rediscovered his centrality to the war on terror.
GEORGE W. BUSH
March 13, 2002: "Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just -- he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is -- as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide -- if, in fact, he's hiding at all. So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him."
May 2, 2011: "This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done."