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.

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.”

President Obama’s Approval Ratings Jump After Cuba, Immigration Action

President Obama's Approval Ratings Jump After Cuba, Immigration Actions

President Obama’s Approval Ratings Jump After Cuba, Immigration Actions (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

CNN/ORC Poll:  President Obama’s approval rating jumps to 48% after unilateral actions to restart diplomatic relations with Cuba and on his immigration reform plan.

Improving views of the economy have helped hike President Barack Obama’s approval rating to a 20-month high, a new CNN/ORC poll showed Tuesday, as markets climbed to record levels at news of an economy in overdrive.

More Americans still disapprove of the job Obama is doing as President. But at 48%, Obama’s approval rating is at its highest point in CNN polling since May 2013.

The gains were driven by newfound backing among women, independents and millennials — groups where Obama’s approval numbers jumped 10 percentage points from a month ago.

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The approval jump follows a late-quarter jolt in Obama’s governing agenda, which gained momentum after unilateral actions on immigration and relations with Cuba. Separate surveys have showed those moves popular among the American people.

Obama Tells University of Cape Town Students America’s Support of Apartheid Moved Him to Engage in Politics

Obama Tells University of Cape Town Students America's Support of Apartheid Moved Him to Engage in Politics

Obama Tells University of Cape Town Students America’s Support of Apartheid Moved Him to Engage in Politics

President Obama told students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa that America’s support of apartheid moved him to engage in politics. I can hear his critics’ heads exploding. I must admit, I was taken aback to some degree by President Obama’s admission, since we are still grappling with racism in some areas in the U.S., such as the prison system, that continues to jail black men at a higher rate for less serious crimes. Hey, how about the civil rights struggle in the U.S. in the 1960s?

“I actually took my first step in the political life because of South Africa,” Obama said. He added, “Like many young people I thought that cynicism, a certain ironic detachment, was a sign of wisdom and sophistication. But then I learned what was happening here in South Africa.”

“I knew that while brave people were imprisoned just off these shores, on Robben Island, my own government in the United States was not standing on their side. And that’s why I got involved in what was known as the divestment movement in the United States. It was the first time I ever attached myself to a cause,” Obama said.

President Obama Visits Nelson Mandela Jail Cell at Robben Island

President Obama visits Nelson Mandela Robben Island jail cell as he on his three-country African tour. This has to been a touching moment to see where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years behind bars for standing up against apartheid.

President Obama Visits Nelson Mandela Jail Cell at Robben Island

President Obama Visits Nelson Mandela Jail Cell at Robben Island (Photo credit: Doug Mills via Twitter)

President Obama also unveiled a $7 billion initiative, dubbed Power Africa, to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa. The funds will be distributed over the next five years.

“More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access,” the White House said in a statement.

Sub-Saharan Africa will need more than $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the statement said.

The preliminary setup will include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria , Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.

“These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation, and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth,” the statement said. Source: CNN

Riot Police Disperse Anti-Obama Protesters Outside University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus

Riot Police Disperse Anti-Obama Protesters Outside University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus

Riot Police Disperse Anti-Obama Protesters Outside University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus

The thrill is gone….South African riot police clashed with anti-Obama protesters in Soweto Saturday shortly before President Obama was set to hold a townhall at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg, a Reuters photographer said. Armed police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd over several hundred protesters.

Separately, President Obama met privately with members of Nelson Mandela’s family. He said, ‘I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that he is spending with loved ones.’

YCL’s Buti Manamela: Obama Touring Africa Over Fears of Chinese Infiltration into Vast African Market

 

South Africa’s Young Communist League national secretary Buti Manamela says President Obama has disappointed millions. He says, “In reality, Obama is here for trade relations, not for the benefit of the continent, but the gain of United States imperialism. The benefit of American companies to continue raping our mineral resources,” the City Press reports.

“We had hoped that with his election those things would come to a decline.”The world had hoped he would withdraw troops from Afghanistan, allow Africans to use African solutions to African problems, and close down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Manamela said these expectations had become a pipe dream. Obama decided to tour Africa because America felt threatened by Chinese infiltration of the vast African market, Manamela said.

“They [the Americans] see that China is already here. It is because of that threat posed by China that America is here. This whole thing [the trip] is influenced by the fact that Africa’s economy is growing,” he said.

“It is opportunistic of the Americans to present this trip as beneficial to the continent when it is part of their battle against China.”

President Obama Accepts Honorary Doctorate from University of Johannesburg

Logo of the University of Johannesburg

President Obama Accepts Honorary Doctorate from University of Johannesburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama accepted an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Johannesburg, vice chancellor Ihron Rensburg announced:

“It is my delight and pleasure to announce, on behalf of the entire community of the University of Johannesburg, that Dr Barack Obama has become our newest alumnus, and that all matters relating to the award were concluded according to the relevant policies and charters of the university,” he said today in a statement.

The fact that Obama’s visit coincided with former president Nelson Mandela’s hospital stay was also cited as a reason for the university not physically conferring the doctorate.

“Accordingly, the ceremonial conferral of the honorary doctorate on Dr Barack Obama will take place at a future occasion on a mutually agreed date,” Rensburg said. Source: City Press

 

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Thrill Is Gone as President Obama’s Favorability Among Democrats Fades

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

Thrill Is Gone as President Obama’s Favorability Among Democrats Fades (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thrill is gone….A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama’s number among his fellow Democrats softening considerably, despite a majority of Americans regarding him favorably.

President Obama’s favorability currently stands at 53%, compared to 44% of Americans who view him unfavorably.

Obama is viewed favorably by 85% of Democrats, with just 58% strongly favoring the president, down from 72% in January.

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