Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Motives”

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: "I Didn't Intend to Question Obama's Heart"

Rudy Giuliani Backtracks: “I Didn’t Intend to Question Obama’s Heart” (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Rudy Giuliani is now sort of backtracking after being blasted for saying President Obama doesn’t love America and questioning the way he was raised. He is now saying “I didn’t intend to question” Obama’s heart. Um, you think?

Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America, nothwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart.” He added, “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how the effect may damage his performance.”

The fact is, Giuliani did attempt to question the president’s motives and the content of his heart. He said of the president, “I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me.” A sincere apology would include the words, “I did not mean to say he doesn’t love America.”

“Obviously, I cannot read President Obama’s mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention … I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great,” Giuliani added.

Giuliani won’t put the outrage to bed with this op-ed. In fact, he continued to punch Obama, saying he doesn’t praise America, when in fact he has done that on many occasions. Paul Waldman notes that President Obama praises America on a regular basis. I guess that’s not enough for Giuliani, who was widely reviled by many constituents in New York City.  Here’s an excerpt from Obama’s State of the Union address in January:

… I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in 10 Americans call home.

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who every day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

By the way, the Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler collected more examples of the president expressing his love for America and praising its exceptionalism.

Ronald Reagan, who Giuliani cited in his “take-down” of Obama, also criticized America, but I guess that’s fine since he’s white and Obama is black. Paul Waldman quoted a speech Reagan delivered on in 1980 on the eve of the election:

Many of us are unhappy about our worsening economic problems, about the constant crisis atmosphere in our foreign policy, about our diminishing prestige around the globe, about the weakness in our economy and national security that jeopardizes world peace, about our lack of strong, straight-forward leadership.

The damage has already been done and Rudy Giuliani should slither back under that rock from whence he came. It’s clear that America doesn’t take him seriously. His failed presidential campaign is proof nobody really wants to hear from a serial cheater. A cheater is always a liar.

Um, I certainly hope Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had his own shady past, will read this op-ed, since he said we should thank Giuliani for saying Obama doesn’t love America. I am not one who uses profanity, but Giuliani deserves a f*ck you for his op-ed.

Right Wing Blogger Erick Erickson: Obama Not a Christian in “Any Meaningful Way”

Right Wing Blogger Erick Erickson: Obama Not a Christian in "Any Meaningful Way"

Right Wing Blogger Erick Erickson: Obama Not a Christian in “Any Meaningful Way” (Photo Credit: Twitter)


Right wing stupidity hits a fever pitch. Right wing blogger Erick Erickson tweeted, “I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian. He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.” Um, so I guess by his standard Jesus wasn’t a “meaningful” Christian since he was all for helping the poor and the downtrodden. That’s quite the opposite of the Republican Party’s belief. They are all for the fabulously wealthy….#ijs

Here’s the reaction on Twitter to Erick Erickson’s tweet (by the way, he blocked us, must have been after we commented on another stupid tweet he sent in the past):

Rudy Giuliani Playing Victim After Getting Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments

Rudy Giuliani Painting Himself as a Victim Over Death Threats for Obama Comments (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

The right wing can dish it but they can’t take it. Rudy Giuliani is now playing the victim after his office allegedly received death threats over the despicable comments he made about President Obama not loving America and not being raised the same way as he and others. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?

Giuliani doubled down, well, more like flailing to stay afloat. The latest is that he is saying Obama was introduced to communism at age nine. I didn’t realize Rudy Giuliani grew up with the president. So much for Giuliani’s reputation as “America’s Mayor.” That legacy is now in tatters.

Hey Rudy Giuliani, Weren’t You Raised by Draft-Dodging Felon Harold Giuliani?

HYPOCRISY:  Rudy Giuliani's Dad Did Time in Sing-Sing for Robbing Harlem Milkman

HYPOCRISY: Rudy Giuliani’s Dad Did Time in Sing-Sing for Robbing Harlem Milkman

(OPINION) — Instead of backtracking, failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani continues to dig himself even deeper into a rabbit hole because of the birther comments he made at a private dinner questioning President Obama’s love for America. He now says “Obama had a white mother, so I’m not a racist.” Um, really? Think again. To boot, whitewashed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal jumped in the dogfight by issuing a statement backing Giuliani. Yeah, he’s another story for another article, but Stepin Fetchit is an appropriate label for Jindal. Um, neither he nor Giuliani will ever be what Obama is today — president of the United States. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP presidential frontrunner, was also demure in his response to Giuliani’s comments, made in his presence at the dinner.

Back to Giuliani…..

He also said President Obama wasn’t brought up the way he and other Americans were to love this country. Um, I didn’t realize Giuliani was in the delivery room and lived with Obama during his formative years. That was a racially-charged comment that was simply disgraceful. He went straight down the birther road and appeals to the fringe of the party.

Instead of doing the decent thing and walking back the comments, he showed up on The Kelly File on Thursday to discuss his comments with host Megyn Kelly. When pressed on whether he wanted to apologize for his comments, he doubled down, claiming that Obama learned communism from his grandfather, who fought in World War II. He also invoked Jeremiah Wright as an example of Obama’s association with people who dislike America. Gee, I wonder how we should view his family’s associations through the years, plus his own association with people like Bernie Kerik, his former police commissioner? If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.

It’s funny that Rudy Giuliani should bring up the word “love.” His history where that’s concerned is laughable. Um, if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones. We remember his history with women. I am pretty sure his ex-wives must have questioned the way he was brought up since he seems to have had a total disrespect for them.

Here’s an excerpt from Giuliani biographer Wayne Barrett’s scathing article in the NY Daily News:

Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was “offended” when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin. Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference.

Or ask Judi Nathan, his third wife, whom he started dating while still married to Hanover and New York mayor. In two SUVs, he and an entourage of six or seven cops traveled 11 times to Judi’s Hamptons getaway at a taxpayer cost of $3,000 a trip. That’s love.

Rudy may have forgotten the half-dozen deferments he won ducking the Vietnam War, even getting the federal judge he was clerking for to write a letter creating a special exemption for him. And remember Bernie Kerik? He’s the Giulaini police commissioner, business partner and sidekick whose nomination as homeland security secretary narrowly preceded indictments. He then did his national service in prison.

Giuliani went so far as to rebuke the President for not being “brought up the way you were and the way I was brought up through love of this country,” a bow no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy’s uncle.

Rudy Giuliani is a hypocrite of the highest order and he should be publicly shamed for his attack on President Obama’s love for his country and how he was raised. His daddy was a scumbag too! What I absolutely abhor is the self-righteous hypocrisy from people of his ilk. It’s okay to dislike Obama and his policies, but questioning his love for his country and how he was raised is just despicable and has racial overtones. Is this the way the GOP intends to reach out to moderate voters, including blacks? Whoopi Goldberg said it best….”shut up Rudy.”

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Publicly Apologizes for Racist Comments

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes for Racist Comments About Black Residents

MS GOP Lawmaker Gene Alday Apologizes for Racist Comments About Black Residents (Photo Credit: MS State Govt)

Mississippi GOP state Rep. Gene Alday publicly apologized for racist comments about black residents of his hometown of Walls.  The apology came after he told a Clarion-Ledger reporter that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

The Clarion-Ledger reports Alday apologized saying, “I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior.”“I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”

Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling President Obama an “Assclown”

Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling President Obama an "Assclown"

Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling President Obama an “Assclown” (Photo Credit: Buzzfeed Video Screengrab)

The Twin Cities Pioneer Press apologized for calling President Obama an “assclown” over a selfie-stick parody video. Um, why make the comments only to have come back and apologize?

This morning, the Pioneer Press created some waves by calling President Obama an “assclown.”

The off-color remark came in the context of the PiPress’s “Loop Ten” feature, which is a slideshow that serves as sports producer Kevin Cusick’s “daily countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers.”

Clocking in at a tie for number three in today’s installment was “selfies.” That entry is accompanied by an image of Obama holding a selfie stick in an apparent effort to take a photo of himself.

That’s all well and good, but where Cusick got himself in trouble was with the text below the image.

“A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed assclown,” it said.

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“A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed assclown,” it said. Source:  MyFoxTwinCities

On Monday, Cusick was backtracking after receiving numerous complaints: “After further review, it’s a poor choice of word,” Cusick explained in an email. “I must have been in an especially foul mood last night. I’ve toned it down a bit.”
Watch President Obama in Buzzfeed parody video:

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Immigration Executive Order (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who was appointed by president George W. Bush, temporarily blocked President Obama’s immigration executive order late Monday. This means a court will now decide if the executive order was constitutional or if President Obama overstepped his bounds.

The temporary halt by the judge gives the 26-state coalition time to pursue a lawsuit that would permanently stop the president’s orders.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach in its.”

The federal government is expected to file an appeal against Judge Hanen’s decision.

The first of President Obama’s orders, expanding the program that protects young immigrants from deportation (DREAMERS) if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, will not take effect until Feb. 18.

This is a major setback for the Obama administration. The Republican Party has proposed nothing of any substance to reform the broken immigration system. Their hardline stance against the DREAMERS will only further alienate Hispanic voters for the 2016 elections.

Judge Andrew Hanen – Immigration Injunction

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting "Food Stamps" and "Welfare Crazy Checks" in Walls

MS GOP Rep. Gene Alday: Blacks Getting “Food Stamps” and “Welfare Crazy Checks” in Walls (Photo Credit: Mississippi State Legislature)

Mississippi state Rep. Gene Alday has come under fire for racist comments about black residents in his hometown of Walls. He said he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call “welfare crazy checks,” the Clarion Ledger reports. Um, so much for the minority outreach RNC chief Reince Priebus envisions to get more black voters. It’s scary to think that Gene Alday once served in law enforcement.

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

Since then, people around the state have condemned the remarks with some calling for his resignation.

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Mitchell said he contacted Alday about education funding last week and that the legislator steered the discussion toward race. The comments appeared as they were given and within the context of the discussion, Mitchell said.

But Alday said the reporter failed to write about the numerous times Alday has helped people of all races in his community, whether that meant giving them rides to the doctor or providing credit on merchandise at the store run by his family.

“Yes, it’s true that most of the blacks in my hometown are on welfare,” Alday said. “But they’re good people. I don’t have anything against anybody. I’m a straight-up guy. In my little town they had little civil rights walks and I was with them. I’m with everybody.”

Clarion-Ledger Executive Editor Sam Hall called on Alday to retire following the remarks, saying the lawmaker should step down at the end of this term without seeking re-election. Source: Clarion Ledger

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Judge Roy Moore Says No Court Has Right to Define Marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore doubled down on his position banning gay marriage saying no lower court has the right to define marriage during a contentious interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN. He said he “dissented” from the federal court’s ruling because it was “exactly like” Supreme Court rulings in Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Ferguson that upheld slavery and segregation. Moore said both decisions were wrong and should not have been followed by the states. So, he’s giving himself supreme powers to do as he pleases based on his views of the definition of marriage.

He is framing his disagreement with gay marriage on the grounds that these two decisions were wrong — blacks were property. Typical spin by white right wing evangelicals. Cuomo hit hard when he told Moore, “Our laws do not come from God, and you know that.” Same sex marriage licenses were issued in some counties in Alabama, while 50 judges followed Moore’s advice. Kinda like the mess that unfolded when Wallace balked at desegregation efforts in the 1960s.

Roy Moore dredging up the Dred Scott decision is a favorite ploy of same sex marriage opponents. During the CNN interview, he demanded to know if Cuomo would have ruled in accordance with the Dred Scott decision had he been a justice during that time. Cuomo slapped back, saying Moore was only trying to skirt his obligations by pushing them on others by dissenting. Justices were allowed to dissent on a decision they did not agree with.

Moore said gay marriage is an alteration of the word marriage and that no court has the right to alter the Constitution under the 10th Amendment. He said every person in the U.S. has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. This reminds me of the dust-up he caused when he refused to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.

Roy Moore said God gave us the definition of our rights for many centuries until recently, when gay marriage entered the fray. He said the question of the definition of marriage will be taken up by the Supreme Court in June.

The battle between Chris Cuomo and Roy Moore went on for 30 minutes before it ended with CNN losing its satellite connection with the chief judge. What Justice Moore has done was to ignore the court’s ruling based on his values. Um, wrong. But this is nothing new. He has a history of forcing his values on the rest of his state.

By the way, SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes American are ready for gay marriage. She said, “The changes in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous. In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us,” Bloomberg reports. Good, that should send Roy Moore on another 30 minute rant.

Watch sparks fly during Justice Roy Moore’s CNN interview:

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays

Jeb Bush Tech Officer Ethan Czahor Resigns Over Online Posts About MLK, Gays (Photo Credit: Twitter via @czahor)

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s tech officer Ethan Czahor resigns over a bunch of inflammatory posts online mocking MLK, gays and women. He confirmed his resignation in a series of tweets: “i deleted some old jokes i made years ago that i no longer find funny or appropriate.”

Ethan Czahor was the tech officer of Bush’s political action committee, The Right to Rise PAC, which issued a statement, saying, “While Ethan has apologized for regrettable and insensitive comments, they do not reflect the views of Governor Bush or his organization and it is appropriate for him to step aside. We wish him the best.”

Then on Tuesday, the Huffington Post published inflammatory remarks Czahor made about minorities on the website of a radio program he hosted while attending East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

HuffPost accessed the now-defunct website of “The Ethan Show” through an internet archive. In a 2008 blog post, Czahor praised Martin Luther King, Jr. for wearing pants that weren’t “sagging to his ankles” and for not speaking in “jibberish” or “slang.” He went on to argue that the civil rights icon wouldn’t have supported affirmative action programs and declared that “black parents need to get their sh@# together.”

Neither Czahor or Right to Rise PAC addressed those statements about minorities. Source: Talking Points Memo

So much for Reince Priebus’ minority outreach. These conservatives just keep showing their true colors one election cycle after the next. It’s interesting when people like Ethan Czahor get called out for making derogatory comments, they always say they are learning….Really?