Last week former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told some people at a private fundraising event for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin that he did not believe that President Obama loves America.
It kind of reminds me of Mitt Romney speaking candidly at a private event about the 47% who will vote for Obama no matter what because the government takes care of them.
Some politicians have a hard time understanding that these “private” fundraisers may not be all that private.
I have always liked Giuliani, and I even thought he was a better Presidential candidate than Mitt Romney. Giuliani’s remarks about the President were way out of bounds. At age 70, Giuliani seems to be grasping for the limelight as his life fades over the horizon. It would have been better if he would have ridden quietly into the sunset, but instead he decided to throw some firebombs to get some attention – and attention he did get!
Personally, I don’t think we’ve ever had a President who did not love our country.
Giuliani also decided that Obama should be painted as a communist. He said Obama from a young age was influenced by communists.
If Obama supporters want to say these are racist remarks, Giuliani has that covered, too, because he says the President:
“…was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”
Next up we’ll have Giuliani and Donald Trump holding a press conference on Fox News saying they have uncovered evidence that Obama was born in Kenya.
After getting more than his 15 minutes in the press, Giuliani probably saw how much harm he was doing to the Republicans, so today in the Wall Street Journal he sort of apologized by saying “My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart.”
It only gets better as someone recently asked Governor Walker if President Obama was a Christian. Instead of being nice person and putting himself above gutter politics, Walker’s answer was “I don’t know.”
I’ve read interviews where Obama said, “I am a Christian” but even if I had never read that I would never question another person’s religion or love for country. Walker later clarified his answer which shows that he may not be ready for the national spotlight.
Giuliani’s remarks made several Republicans thinking of running for president scramble to find the right answer – and that is probably more of the reason for the half-assed apology than anything.
It seems that this late in Obama’s term, many on the right have decided it is time to unload on the President because they could not beat him in the election. What this ultimately may do is turn voters off – and turn them away from the GOP. The Republicans have a chance in 2016 to control the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Remarks like those from Giuliani hurt those chances.
Sadly, the underlying reason for these hateful attacks on the President’s religion and patriotism is possibly because some people dislike Obama, not because of his policies or because he is a democrat, but only because he is black.
Those people need to wake-up. It’s 2015, not 1965.