Skip to comments.In Sept. 11 chaos, Giuliani forged lasting image
Posted on 09/21/2007 7:02:38 AM PDT by truthfinder9
Calm, proactive, and sympathetic, mayor shone brightly during darkest day
That first tower toppled at 9:59 a.m., a billion pounds of steel and concrete and bodies raining down. Smoke billowed like thunderheads, and New Yorks mayor seemed to disappear into deaths maw.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was two blocks from the south tower, in an office on Barclay Street, trying to get the vice president on the phone, when his world went dark with smoke. Back at City Hall, Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington waited and wondered and dialed the governor.
We really didnt know what had become of the mayor, he said. I spoke to Governor Pataki, and we closed the schools and canceled the election.
Then Mr. Giuliani was led through a basement and out onto Church Street, his head and shoulders dusted white with ash. He walked north into the surreal brightness of that day, comforting a police officer and dragooning reporters.
Today is obviously one of the most difficult days in the history of the city, he said softly. The tragedy that we are undergoing right now is something that weve had nightmares about. My heart goes out to all the innocent victims of this horrible and vicious act of terrorism. And our focus now has to be to save as many lives as possible.
Inevitably the question arose: How many lost? The mayor looked up through his glasses, aware that among the viewers of this live broadcast were the mothers, fathers, spouses, lovers and children of those who labored in the smashed towers.
The number of casualties, he said, will be more than any of us can bear ultimately.
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Boy, she’s really porked out since then.
It must be all that pork she’s been feasting on up on Capitol Hill.
I think the mask was the only way that the camera man agreed to let her in the photo-op.
Any Republican for Guiliani... a positive piece from MSNBC should in and of itself disqualify him as a reasonable consideration.
I can think of a lot worse, much, much worse, who may be elected President.
I just thank God he was the Mayor of New York when 9/11 transpired. Living on Long Island and knowing a person who died in the Towers, seeing my fellow Islanders cry at funerals for family lost, well, Rudy showed us tremendous character and leadership. While he was only the Mayor of New York, those of us who live in the shadows of New York City, live in the Tri State region, we took comfort and give him gratitude for his courage, his leadership. He was a rock when we needed one. For that I will never show any disrespect for the man.
As well, I would not be disappointed if he was my President, there are a lot worse.
Guiliani + Thompson. Get ready.
Just thinking about it....that would be a kick-a$$ ticket.
“Image” - that’s all it is.
All photo op, no substance. No thanks.
The choices for us are limited and we have to choose a candidate that will pull in independent voters as well as some cross-over Democrats.
Who do you think could do that better than these two?
Look at the great stuff he has done in California after pulling in all those independent voters and cross-over Democrats!!!!
Giuliani can do the same thing! YEAH!!! That’s the ticket!
Look at the great stuff he has done in California after pulling in all those independent voters and cross-over Democrats!!!! Giuliani can do the same thing! YEAH!!! Thats the ticket!
Good point, but if we can't get our guys elected, we're left with nothing but out pride.
Something that actually works beats something that feels/sounds good but is destined for failure.
The Ron Paul campaign is a good example.
Well, a Republican implementing the Democrat agenda qualifies as "failure" to me.
If Fred were to choose Rudy as a running mate, I wouldn't vote for him.