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):

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know if Obama is a Christian

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn't Know if Obama is a Christian

Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker Says He Doesn’t Know if Obama is a Christian (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is going there — says he’s unaware whether President Obama is a Christian. Ini other words, if he isn’t a Christian he must be a Muslim. Yep, typical birther talk, but he’s forgetting one thing — Obama’s isn’t running for president again. He did that twice and won by a landslide each time. Walker is pandering to the extremists in the Republican Party and that spells doom for his presidential aspiration. What does President Obama being a Christian, or not, have to do with running the country? HYPOCRITES:

“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.

“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

[…]

“To me this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and increasingly they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”

Scott Walker is appealing to right wing lunatics like Red State’s Erick Erickson who tweeted “I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian. He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.” I cannot believe we are having this discussion, but good for the Democrats. It will  mean the Republicans will get another shellacking in the presidential elections as they did in 2008 and 2012. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rudy Giuliani attacking President Obama’s love for America and Christianity fits in quite nicely with the narrative that he’s a Muslim sympathizer. Clearly the wingnut have learned nothing from the last two elections.

I was on Walker’s side when they went after him for not having a college degree. I take that back.  I guess he is going to need the support of the fringe element if he is to run for the presidency, so why not alienate independent, black and Hispanic voters in the process. Yeah, white extremists are all he needs to win the election–not. It’s a sad commentary that this is what the conservative movement has become–a bunch of extremists who seem to long for the days when only whites had all the power.

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.”

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

Republicans Upset Over Obama’s Slavery Comments at Prayer Breakfast

Republicans Upset Over President Obama's Slavery Comments

Republicans Upset Over President Obama’s Slavery Comments (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Republicans are upset over President Obama’s slavery comments during his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Um, what’s new?

President Obama said:  “Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history,” he told the group, speaking of the tension between the compassionate and murderous acts religion can inspire. “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Maybe President Obama’s comments are a little over the top when taken in the context of the ISIS atrocities, but America still cannot just ignore the darkest period in its history.

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General

Rand Paul Opposes Loretta Lynch Nomination as Attorney General (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul,  GOP 2016 presidential hopeful, says he will vote against the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. Paul cites her positions on drone strikes, executive amnesty and her “track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution.”

Um, if Loretta Lynch was truly guilty of “violating the individual freedoms” afforded to individuals under the Constitution, would she still be practicing law? I don’t think so. As usual, Rand Paul is out the periphery of sound reason.

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election

LOL: Donald Trump Said He Would Have Beaten Obama in 2012 Election (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

I must admit, Donald Trump saying he would have beaten President Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign is a funny as Sen. Joni Ernst’s bread-bag story. He said he was leading in every poll. Um, really? Which poll? Oh wait, he’s talking about his brief lead in a GOP poll in early 2011. He conveniently forgets that his polling numbers imploded from 26 percent in April to eight percent in May. He’s deluded into thinking he could have beaten President Obama, who won by a landslide. Mitt Romney got 47% of the vote, the same number of Americans he called deadbeats.

In a sit-down interview with The Des Moines Register, he said the two presumed GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, are doomed to lose — and he expressed regret that he hadn’t run himself in 2012.

Trump said he should be in the White House right now.

“I was leading in every poll. … I regret that I didn’t stay in,” he said in an interview before a private dinner at the Stine Barn in West Des Moines. “I would’ve won the race against (President Barack) Obama. He would’ve been easy. Hillary (Clinton) is tougher to beat than Obama, but Hillary is very beatable.”

Trump said he heard Bush is trying to raise $15 million before he makes up his mind about running.

“If I do it, I’ll be self-funding so that solves that problem. Which is nice,” he said. Source: Des Moines Register

Every presidential election cycle we hear the usual drum beats from the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. No-one in their right minds would vote for either. They both have zero credibility and will never be POTUS. Donald Trump’s delusional comments comes days after a poll found most Republicans prefer Mitt Romney over Jeb Bush in the presidential elections.

Urkel Actor Jaleel White Mocks Sen. Joni Ernst Over SOTU Rebuttal Speech

Urkel Actor Jaleel White Mocks Sen. Joni Ernst Over SOTU Rebuttal Speech

Urkel Actor Jaleel White Mocks Sen. Joni Ernst Over SOTU Rebuttal Speech (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Actor Jaleel White, who is best remembered as 1990s nerd, Steve Urkel, mocked Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) as she delivered the rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address. He tweeted, “Wow. The animatronics engineer who built Sen. Joni Ernst deserves more special efx work in Hollywood #SoLifeLike.”

Here are some of the responses to Jaleel White’s tweet:

Sen. Joni Ernst Wore Bread Bags on Only Pair of Shoes as a Child When it Rained

Sen. Joni Ernst Wore Bread Bags on Only Pair of Shoes as a Child When it Rained

Sen. Joni Ernst Wore Bread Bags on Only Pair of Shoes as a Child When it Rained (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

#BREADBAGS: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) delivered the rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Sounds like Tina Fey has found a new character to lampoon. Ernst said as a child, her mother put “bread bags” over her only pair of shoes when it rained. Um, this tops Ann Romney’s poverty story.

By the way, she’s trending on Twitter: