My favorite guy last night at the White House rally was the guy sporting the "Thank you President Bush" shirt.
Um, how deep in the closet did this guy have to go to pull out this baby? Were there 5 steamer trunks in his mom's basement with old clothes from 2003 that he was able to scour and find this gem?
Was this guy paid $20,000 back in 2002 and told, "OK, so when we capture or kill bin Laden, here is your shirt to wear; run down to the White House and start jumping around wildly!" Hey, a deal is a deal! He got paid in 2002, he honored the deal in 2011.
Why did we never capture bin laden under the GWB reign of error? Well, some cynics like Michael Moore suggest that the Bush family's ties with the bin Laden family actually made capture or killing highly unlikely. If I were hunting TEG or K's family member, I probably would not be overly aggressive about it.
That said, what do we KNOW about George W. Bush's efforts to get bin Laden? We know that after early 2002 he barely tried: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_05/029221.php
As Steve Benen noted:
March 2002, just six months after 9/11, Bush said of bin Laden, "I truly am not that concerned about him.... You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, to be honest with you."
In July 2006, we learned that the Bush administration closed its unit that had been hunting bin Laden.
In September 2006, Bush told Fred Barnes, one of his most sycophantic media allies, that an "emphasis on bin Laden doesn't fit with the administration's strategy for combating terrorism."
And don't even get me started on Bush's failed strategy that allowed bin Laden to escape from Tora Bora.
I'm happy to extend plenty of credit to all kinds of officials throughout the government, but crediting Bush's "vigilance" on bin Laden is deeply silly.