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Rudy Giuliani Rides the 9/11 Horse

Posted on 1/8/2008 3:03:00 PM
Republican Rudy Giuliani won much praise, as mayor of New York City, for his deft handling of the emergency during the September 11 attacks. Television broadcasts and newspapers carried images of Giuliani in the thick of the smoke and debris on Ground Zero, personally supervising rescue and evacuation work. His statements echoed the sentiments of shock and anger felt in the city. His presence reassured shaken New Yorkers, who saw in his resolute refusal to cow down before the horrific attacks, a heroic display of "strength through leadership".

September 11 remains Giuliani's trump card, as he is runs for president. Regardless of what he may say, it remains the center point of the candidacy of the man who has been popularly dubbed as "America’s Mayor". Referances to 9/11 and the leadership role he played during the crisis, figure prominently in most of his campaign speeches.

However, controversy has erupted regarding some of the claims made by Rudy Giuliani. For instance, he claims that he was on the Ground Zero site, " as often, if not more" than the rescue workers, and that he was exposed to the same dangers as they were. But the rescue workers and their families have protested the authenticity of these, saying that these claims. As if to support their protests, Giuliani's appointment logs, six days from the day of the tragedy, confirm his presence at the site for a mere twenty-nine hours over a period of three months, significantly less than the duration for which most rescue teams were present at the site.

Jim Riches, Deputy Fire Chief of the New York City Fire Department, has termed Giuliani's campaign as "horrible" and "disgusting". He has alleged that Giuliani is distorting the truth and misleading voters. Speaking about Giuliani, Riches says, "He didn’t prepare the first responders for a terrorist attack. The Office of Emergency Management was a joke that day. There was a lack of communication. People died unnecessarily."
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