This is what he said:
"I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. 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."Well, the pundit class went nuts! The progressives could barely speak and had to hiss, they were so mad. The Republicans haughtily explained that there was no need to explain: What Giuliani said was very, very, very close to the truth.
Giuliani went on Fox News and said well, yes, Obama is probably a patriot but he keeps saying bad things about America, something no other president before him ever did. He doesn't believe in American exceptionalism, blah, blah, blah.
"I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being," [Obama] said at West Point in 2014. "But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions."Then Giuliani went on the air wherever he could and kept at it and kept at it and kept at it. The theme: Obama is not like us. He doesn't understand America. He is, okay, let's just get it out there--the Other.
But Rudy wasn't being racist. Oh, no. Far from it, according to Giuliani:
“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he 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.”And, bizarrely, apropos of nothing, "President Obama didn't live through 9/11, I did."
So at the end of the day, you know who comes out smelling like a rose? Obama does. Because every person not so inclined toward stupid--Republican, Democrat, Independent, and Other--will now have to come out and defend the president. They'll have to condemn such remarks and remind the Americans that we're all Americans. Even Obama. Some of them--those who know November, 2016 isn't that far away--will have to hold their noses to do it, but do it they will.
The punditry will be grabbing at Obama quotes to prove he does love his country, he does love you and me, he doesn't love Muslims more than he loves Christians, he's not a Communist or an anti-colonialist, he doesn't just say bad things about America.
And all President Obama has to do is sit back and let it happen.
So thank you, Rudy. Well done! Now come on over here and let me give you a big 'ol hug.
(Read it at Dagblog and Freak Out Nation)