2008 GOP Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani
has earned a bit of a reputation for trading politically on the attacks
of September 11, 2001, which occurred during his tenure as New York
City mayor. Famously, Joe Biden once defined Giuliani's entire vocabulary as "a noun and a verb and 9/11." Perhaps Giuliani's second trademark move is accusing other politicians of being soft on terrorism and national security.
So he raised many eyebrows today when, appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, he blamed President Obama for the failed Flight 253 attack, saying, "We had no domestic attacks under Bush; we've had one under Obama." How did Giuliani manage to forget about the Bush-era attack that defined much of the decade and even more of his political career (not to mention several post-9/11 incidents)? The takedowns came hard and fast, with few wanting to miss the action.
- Just Plain False ABC's Jake Tapper tweets, "Giuliani's comments that there were zero terrorist attacks under Bush, 1 under Obama, is false no matter how you slice it."
- Why Does Media Trust Him? The Washington Monthly's Steve Benen asks why shows like Good Morning America invite him on so frequently to discuss national security. "Rudy Giuliani doesn't have the foggiest idea what he's talking about, and routinely lies about basic, easy-to-understand details about recent history and national security," he writes. "Repeatedly giving Giuliani a microphone does a disservice to the nation at an important time.
- Blame Stephanopoulos, Not Rudy Gawker's Alex Pareene writes, "It is not surprising that noted nasty man Rudy Giuliani would casually say something so incredibly stupid [...] It is weird that supposed journalist [Good Morning America host] George Stephanopoulos does not bother to challenge this statement." He adds, "Welcome to morning TV, George! Keep up the good work, you adorable little Sorkin character! Let's go to Sam with the weather!"
- Go Back To Cross-Dressing Wonkette's Sara K. Smith brings the snark. "Rudy Giuliani could have made a decent living as a Bette Midler impersonator, but instead he selflessly pursued a career as a ferret-faced political hack and failed presidential candidate." She says of his "very trenchant observation" that "This is completely true, if you disregard 9/11 and that anthrax thingy and also the shoe bomber, not to mention American Idol."
- Rudy's Embarrassing Partisanship Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey disowns. "Rudy has some important points to offer here, but they get obscured by the poor attempt at point-scoring. We had our intel failures in the Bush administration, too," he writes. "We should drop the notion that everything ran perfectly before January 2009."
- A 9/11 Denialist? Spencer Ackerman scoffs. "When partisanship curdles into the malleability of the truth, you get former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on 'Good Morning America,'" he writes. "Giuliani, the noun-verb-9/11 politician, is now a 9/11 denialist."
- Rudy's Weird Defense Media Matters's Jamison Foser mocks the odd defense from Giuliani's spokesperson, "Giuliani spox: Other than the terrorist attacks under Bush, there weren't any terrorist attacks under Bush."
- Increasingly, It's GOP Line New York Magazine's Dan Amira surveys the "strange amnesia permeating the Republican ranks lately." He cites other prominent Republicans, such as Dana Perino and Mary Matalin, who have suggested that 9/11 either never happened or at least did not happen under Bush.