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Rudy: Open mouth, insert foot

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August 11, 2007

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy: You just can’t stop opening your mouth and inserting your foot — all the way up to your butt.

Presidential wannabe Rudy Giuliani’s claim that he had spend as much time at Ground Zero in the after math of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as first responders left jaws dropping and tongues wagging.

Had, people wondered, the presumed GOP frontrunner lost it? Was he inhaling?

No, Giuliani was just doing what Giuliani does best — overstating the facts.

In other words: Lying.

Wasn’t the first time the former New York Mayor has been caught in a lie. Won’t be the last.

Reports Libby Quaid of The Associated Press:

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he misspoke when he said he spent as much time, if not more, at ground zero exposed to the same health risks as workers combing the site after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I think I could have said it better,” he told nationally syndicated radio host Mike Gallagher. “You know, what I was saying was, ‘I’m there with you.'”

The former New York mayor upset some firefighters and police officers when he said Thursday in Cincinnati that he was at ground zero “as often, if not more, than most of the workers.”

“I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I’m one of them,” he told reporters at a Los Angeles Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

Fire and police officials responded angrily, saying Giuliani did not do the same work as those involved in the rescue, recovery and cleanup from the 2001 terrorist attacks, which left many workers sick and injured.

On Friday, Giuliani said he was trying to show his concern for the workers’ health.

“What I was trying to say yesterday is that I empathize with them, because I feel like I have that same risk,” he said.

“There were people there less than me, people on my staff, who already have had serious health consequences, and they weren’t there as often as I was,” Giuliani said, “but I wasn’t trying to suggest a competition of any kind, which is the way it come across.”

Giuliani’s explanation further angered his ground zero critics, prompting several to issue a statement demanding an apology.

“He is such a liar, because the only time he was down there was for photo ops with celebrities, with politicians, with diplomats,” said deputy fire chief Jimmy Riches, who spent months digging for his firefighter son.

“On 9/11 all he did was run. He got that soot on him, and I don’t think he’s taken a shower since.”

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union that fiercely opposes Giuliani, said he doubted Giuliani misspoke.

“I think he was simply showing what his true character is — a self-absorbed, self-deluded promoter who got caught and is now just simply trying to backtrack,” Schaitberger said.

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards offered his own criticism of the former mayor. “That’s all we need is another person trying to exploit the tragedy of 9/11,” Edwards said while campaigning in Las Vegas. “What he ought to be talking about instead is trying to explain why the firefighters and the first responders didn’t have the equipment … to get the job done.”

A former deputy mayor, Joe Lhota, said the critics are politically motivated and wrong.

“They’re taking their anger out in the wrong direction,” Lhota said. “He was literally there four and five times a day; he did anything but run away.

“They’re losing sight of the fact that this country, and this city, was attacked on that day by terrorists; it’s their fault. Rudy Giuliani coordinated efforts in this city like no one had ever seen before.”

12 Responses to Rudy: Open mouth, insert foot

  1. SEAL

    August 12, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Another fun idea would be to do away with primaries and conventions, take every person that can garner enough support to launch a national campaign and place their names on the ballot, and let the people vote for whomever they like. Again require the winner to receive at least 51%. That would mean a runnoff in some cases.

    Regardless of anything else we should have a week to vote. That would increase the turnout.

  2. VietnamVet

    August 12, 2007 at 4:33 am

    God, I hope this “thing” wins the GOP nomination! If that is the best the GOP has to offer, the democratic candidate, irrespective of who he/she might be, should be a sho-in to win. What a hypocritical, lying, ass. His only claim to fame is being mayor when the WTC incident occured and, from what I hear, he doesn’t even have a clean bill of health on that!

  3. Nogood

    August 11, 2007 at 8:56 am

    I cannot believe that Rudy has any “following”. How can any reasonable person “follow” such a “clown”. Are Americans ate up with the dumb-ass that much?

    Now! Right behind Rudy in the polls we find Fred Thompson, another “joke”. When is the Republican Party going to get serious about the 2008 Presidential Race?

    Not too much more can be said for the Democrats.

  4. gene

    August 11, 2007 at 10:45 am

    “Are Americans ate up with the dumb-ass that much?”

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sandra Price

    August 11, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Damn, the only GOP Candidate who is pro-choice just bit the dust. Individual freedoms are completely lost for anyone running as a Republican. The GOP had better close up their campaigns and we all must simply locate a Democrat who will do less harm to our freedoms.

  6. gene

    August 11, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Big deal, he’s just another nobody wanting to beome a somebody through the art of politics for sick. Besides, Bush can do better than that. He’s able to open his (ass) and insert his head. Mabe thats where the term “shithead” came from, you reckon.

  7. Citroyen

    August 11, 2007 at 10:31 am

    I lived uncomfortably close to the disaster at the WTC.
    When it happened NYC may well have been a ghost town.
    No cell phones. No police presence. Citizens directed traffic.
    Subways down. No information for anyone.
    Giuliani just seemed to be a merely political presence with absolutely no positive impact on our lives.
    He didn’t dispute the bogus air quality reports being a loyal republican first and a caring mayor last.
    His treatment of the firefighters is a lasting disgrace that he will never live down.

  8. gene

    August 11, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Citroyen above. He probably new it was coming just like Bush and Cheney. I remember Bush’s stupid glare as he was told while reading to a class of kids with the f**king book upside-down. Bush and Rudy are from the same cesspool of human waste.

    Evil, evil everywhere just look at Bush’s stupid glare.

    Hmmmm….kind of a catchy phrase, you think.

  9. JudyB

    August 11, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Tho nothing about this election is funny, I plan on Giuliani’s foot-in-mouth malady entertaining me in the next few months. IF (and thats a BIG IF), he should last long enough to actually recieve the GOP nomination, he will have shot himself in the foot so often he will have been eaten alive by his own infections! I cannot seriously believe anyone with any knowledge of his track record as Governor could possibly consider him for President but damned..look what we’ve had for one the past 2 terms…however, my nephew who is a firemen in Northern California said Giuliani is considered a hero by firemen outside of NYC and many are having fund raisers for him and working hard for his nomination…go figure?

  10. yarply

    August 11, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    The caption might better say,,,,
    Rudy, Bend waaaayyy over and insert head.
    Cause,,,,,, he sure has his head up his ass.

  11. Carl Nemo

    August 11, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    The mere fact “anyone” shows up to listen to this guy and many of the other candidates on both sides of the aisle tells me that there’s possibly no hope for America. This country is full of voters, both young and old with ideas and goals that are so different from these corporatist, planetary destroying mattoids that hopefully they shall not prevail.

    I feel that 2008 has to be the year of the “write-in” candidate; ie., the year to chuck 60 plus years of post WWII political campaign b.s.; ie., business as usual “campaign games”.

    Let’s show these smug, elitist, sob monkeys that their nominating conventions and the vast sums of money spent are simply time, effort and money wasted! I’ve had a bellyful of them and I hope the vast majority of Americans get some infusion of wisdom to see through this “rope-a-dope” nonsense.

    Lets say that neither Paul or Kucinich gets their party’s nomination, then let’s write them in on the ballot nationwide and thumb our noses at the shadowy oligarchs that have created this select the candidate whom they control paradigm! I don’t care which side of the aisle wins as long as the candidates are truly those that “we the people” might want and not they the shadowy corporatist oligarchs that control the pols and the world in general. Hasta la vista Rockefeller, Rothschild, and their shadowy NWO minions is what I both support and recommend!

    I hope Rudy is soon to take a hike just like John McPain;ie., into political oblivion…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  12. SEAL

    August 12, 2007 at 4:58 am

    What they really need to do is add “none of the above” to the vote list with the condition that, if that is the majority or no candidate receives at least 51% of the national or whatever area vote total, we must have another election. If we had the choice to reject them all, that might bring out all those who do not vote.

    Under the present conditions, the reality is that since half the eligibles do not vote [primarily because they don't want any of the candidates], our officials are actually elected by only 25-35% of the people they represent. That is pathetic.