Giuliani: I’ve Been So Blunt Everyone Misunderstood Me
Ex-NYC mayor explains what he really meant in comments about the president
Rudy Giuilani is blunt. So blunt, in fact, that the ex-NYC mayor reportedly said last week that he doesn’t believe President Obama loves America (or you or me, for that matter). He got even more blunt a day later when he reminded the New York Times that Obama had a white mother and grandfather. And the blunt streak hit warp speed in yesterday’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, in which he blames all this trademark bluntness for distracting from his real message. Which is mainly:
- “My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart. My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance.”
- Giuliani points out that American leaders’ past “best efforts” have included a “strong sense of optimism”—a trait he feels Obama lacks. He accuses the president of concentrating on negatives in a way that will “hamstring our success as a nation,” especially because the president has been “criticizing his country more than other presidents have done.”
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