Friday, January 4, 2008
Seems as if Rudy Giuliani can't quit talking about Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Just weeks after bringing the book up in a town hall meeting, he once more discussed the book without prompting at another one in New Hampshire.
Is Rudy implying that he's just like Abraham Lincoln? Is he infatuated with the book? Does he truly think he's going to win his party's nomination for president?
Giuliani first and foremost is famous of course because he became "America's Mayor" after the terrorism attacks of 9/11. Ever since, he's draped himself in both the flag and the tragedies from that day and has positioned himself for a run at the White House. Perhaps we as a nation who so desperately needs a good leader should take a closer look at his leadership abilities.
The most telling story about his leadership of New York City in the days and weeks after 9/11 stems from the fact that the city police and the city firefighters, New York's "finest" do not even support him. After more than 300 firefighters were killed in New York on 9/11, Giuliani on November 2, 2001 ordered the number of firefighters who were assisting in the search for their fallen comrades reduced from 200 to 25, and also ordered cleanup procedures which most likely disturbed or even obliterated many human remains.
Giuliani was also appointed to the Iraq Study Group, the commission set up by Congress to investigate the war effort and policy in Iraq. Giuliani missed nearly all the meetings and finally was pressured to resign by the chairman, James Baker. It turns out that while the Group was meeting, Giuliani was out earning millions in speeches.
Rudy Giuliani seems to want to liken himself to Lincoln. Thus far, his leadership absolutely pales in comparison to Abe's. Does he suffer from delusions of grandeur?
Posted by Geoff Elliott at 2:49 PM