Q: Thank you Mr. President. On September 17, 2001 you said, "I want justice," "And there's an old poster out West? I recall, that said, 'Wanted, Dead or Alive.'" So my question is, how come, over 5 years later, you haven’t brought Osama bin Laden to justice?
THE PRESIDENT: Ah, a trick question. [laughter] Well, as you know -- or you should know -- if you’ve read your history books you’d know that there wasn’t a lot of newspapers back then -- there wasn’t a lot of paper. It was hard to come by. So if you wanted to advertise for a job, you made up a poster -- a Wanted poster, and you put it in the town square. And people looking for work would go to the town square to look at the Wanted posters because there were no newspapers. And people were like paper -- there weren’t a lot of them -- so it was like a joke. Wanted, Dead or Alive. But you really didn’t hire dead people. Except for Indians. There were a lot of dead Indians in the old West. Does that answer your question? There's an old saying in Washington -- I know it's in the Capital, probably in the beltway -- that says, depends on the meaning of what is is -- and "Wanted" is like "is" in the context of the old West.