Friday, August 10, 2007


Rudy Steps In It

Rudy Giuliani admitted today that he "misspoke" when he engaged in a bit of hyperbole Thursday:

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.
Time will tell whether this is just a minor stumble or whether this rhetorical overkill has long-term consequences.

It's easy to dismiss criticism on Rudy's 9/11 leadership like that in
this week's Village Voice. The Voice is a well-known paper of the Left and the author Wayne Barrett has written several anti-Rudy books.

Rudy was also able to throw some cold water on the critical video produced last month from the International Association of Fire Fighters, by portraying the attack as rooted in "union" vs. "mayor" labor issues.

But, when the mayor himself makes a statement that is so out of touch with the actual facts, he puts at risk the entire uber-image of "America's Mayor" that has been so carefully put together.

We shall see.

UPDATE: Here's the video of Rudy's comments:

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