A President must be and should be quoted for what he says throughout his presidency. Every president in history has been quoted. As far as President George W. Bush, some of his comments made political humor columns, for example, written in a website that can be found at politicalhumor.about.com or solcomhouse.com or buzzflash.com.
Two of the following quotes that were considered humor then, maybe because the country was still numb from the bombings of 911 now particularly strike me as being insensitive, unbelieveable, and almost un-imaginable that a President of the United States would utter those words to the American people.
Here is what he said. The first quote fired up the country, and people believed in him. At the time, not knowing what I know today, I believed in him.
"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!"--- President George Bush September 13, 2001.
But then this president said.....
"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"- President George Bush, September 17, 2001
And then this president said.....
"...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county. 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...." - President George Bush, in remarks at The Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford TX, December 28,2001
And finally, the iceing on the cake.....
"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." - President George Bush, March 13, 2002
"I am truly not that concerned about him."
- G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts,
3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02)
During the times that President George W. Bush said these things, many people considered these statements to be just humor. But now in retrospect, to me these statements now become almost sickening.
The last two statements above by George W. now begs the question; Did President George W. Bush actually invade Afghanistan or Iraq to find and hunt down Osama bin Laden, or did he invade these countries to regain popularity, as he did just prior to his re-election to his second term? Did he truly want to find him?
As the President was interviewed recently when asked questions about his decisions as president when asked a question he didn't want to answer, "JUST READ THE BOOK". Was the answer going to be in the book that the interviewer/commentator was asking, or was it that President George W Bush would only answer questions that would be explained in his book?
I truely believe that President George W. could not be truly honest in his formal interviews, because he didn't want to contradict what he said in his book. Maybe some of the things he said in the book he could not repeat in an interview. Maybe it is because President George W. Bush does not want to be quoted again, and then compared to what he wrote in 'Decision Points'.
Let's face it. Some of his past quotes turned out to be fun humor for some writers and comedians who followed President Bush with his quotes. The less he says in public during the book publishing commentaries, the faster he can submerge back from under the spotlight, maybe never to be seen again. After all, that seems to be his own wish.