QUOTE OF THE DAY…. George W. Bush was in New Delhi, India, over the weekend, and was asked about the al Qaeda leader behind the 9/11 attacks.

Asked whether al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden could be alive, Bush said “I guess he is not dead.”

He, however, noted that Laden is hiding and “not leading victory parades” or “espousing his cause” on TV.

From time to time, bin Laden does pop up with a new recording, espouses his views, so I’m not sure if the former president is quite right about that.

But it’s the “I guess he is not dead” line that stands out.

In 2001, Bush vowed to get Osama bin Laden “dead or alive.” In 2002, Bush reversed course, explaining, “I truly am not that concerned about him.”

And in 2009, he’s settled on, “I guess he is not dead.” Bush has quite a way with words, doesn’t he?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.