Bush Denounces Use Of "Lynch"; "Back Alley" Left Open To Interpretation

Certainly not timely, George Bush seems to have Kelly Tilghman on his mind:

"The noose is not a symbol of prairie justice, but of gross injustice," the president said. "Displaying one is not a harmless prank, and lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest."

As a civil society, Americans should agree that noose displays and lynching jokes are "deeply offensive," Bush said.

"They are wrong. And they have no place in America today."