I suppose everybody will blog on this today, so I figured I’d join the bunch because I think it’s important; I’ve got some thoughts below, please tell me what you think:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) sparked a firestorm on Wednesday, when he proclaimed that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love” America. The backlash keeps rolling in.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani reportedly said at a private New York fundraiser for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
Asked about the matter during a flight aboard Air Force One to Chicago, a White House spokesman partially agreed with Giuliani’s assessment — of his own remarks. “It was a horrible thing to say,” deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said, according to a pool report.
Schultz further jabbed at the onetime presidential hopeful by noting that Giuliani had tested the line during his “fleeting 2007 run for the presidency.” (Z: such a typically leftwing thing to do, isn’t it..? Insult Giuliani as if this negates what he said?)
Democrats have also denounced Giuliani’s comments as offensive and called on Walker and the rest of the potential 2016 GOP presidential field to do the same. “I rarely agreed with President Bush, but I never questionedhis love for our country,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Z: OH, yes, White House; BRILLIANT! One Republican said this so let’s ask them ALL! Hilarious… Almost as funny as the press asking Jeb Bush about things in Bosnia, as if ANY Democrat candidate would be asked that..EVER?!! He botched it badly, by the way..)
Walker, who was in the room while Giuliani was speaking, responded Thursday morning. “The mayor can speak for himself. I’m not going to comment on what the president thinks or not,” Walker said. “I’m in New York. I’m used to people saying things that are aggressive.” (Z: Good on you, Scotty!)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), another possible 2016 candidate, came to Giuliani’s defense. “The gist of what Mayor Giuliani said — that the President has shown himself to be completely unable to speak the truth about the nature of the threats from these ISIS terrorists — is true,” Jindal said in a statement.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) declined to go that far. He told reporters in New Hampshire that he had “no doubt” that Obama loves America, “but I just think his policies are bad for our nation.”
Giuliani expanded his criticism Thursday by suggesting that Obama lacks a certain fondness for “Western civilization.”
“When I see Christians slaughtered and I don’t see the American president standing up for them as Christians, when I see Jews slaughtered and I don’t see him standing up of them as Jews, I wonder if my criticism about his love of America doesn’t extend to a criticism of a love of Western civilization,” Giuliani said in an interview with WABC in New York. (End of Article)
Z: My thoughts on this idea of Obama not loving America are this: How COULD he? Take a look at his parents’ politics…take a look at his being half Black/half White and how that had to feel back then….take a look at his upbringing in Indonesia….check out his mentors like Frank Davis Marshall…and his friends Bill Ayers and his wife (Remember, Obama said he barely knew them during the election, but the truth was they’d held his first ‘coffee’ when he first ran for office in their home and they knew each other very well after having been on boards together and, I believe, the wives worked together)…and there’s SO much more! WHY would Obama love America? He apologizes for it, he embarrasses it (remember he sent Churchill’s bust back to England days after he moved into the WH and gave the Queen a CD of HIS speeches and cheap little gifts? and more, of course), he’s driven debt into the stratosphere, he always sides with the bad guys….all of you can fill this in better than I could. HOW COULD OBAMA LOVE AMERICA? HOW?
What do you think? And, by the way….I SO HOPE GIULIANI’S WRONG…