Rudy Giuliani Isn't Wrong for Questioning President Obama's Patriotism

Former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani is under fire for some comments he made about President Obama and his love of country. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate was speaking at a private dinner for 2016 hopeful Scott Walker, when he seemingly questioned the president's patriotism.

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As reported by Politico, Giuliani said the following at a private event on Wednesday evening:

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. 

Of course the White House was quick to comment on Thursday, February 19, with deputy press secretary Ed Schultz condemning the comments as "a horrible thing to say," throwing Guiliani's words right back at him.

OK, let's just skip right over the part where this was something said in private, to supporters -- because let's face it, after Mitt Romney's 47 percent remark, politicians should know that nothing is private. Unless of course it's said to those sitting in the pews at Jeremiah Wright's church.

Anyway. Giuliani clarified his thoughts on Fox News on Thursday morning:

What I am saying, is in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it's not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he is more of a critic than he is a supporter.

Like it or not ... President Obama does criticize American exceptionalism more than any other president I can think of.

Back in 2009, he said, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."

Um, that's sort of random. Brits may be proud of being British, and Greeks may be proud of being Greek, but maybe the president should be proud of being American because it's the best damn country on the planet. He's not called the Leader of the Free World for nothing.

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Even before that, Michelle Obama was quoted on the 2008 campaign trail saying, "For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of my country."

Then again, these are the folks who spent 20 years sitting in the pews of Jeremiah Wright's church, hearing him preach the words, "God damn America." Only God Himself knows how many times they heard that -- could be one or one hundred -- but even once is enough.

When he spoke to the United Nations last fall, he said, "I realize that America's critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders ... This is true." Yes, pointing out our failures is very supportive. Thanks for that motivational speech, Mr. President.

What about all the bowing he does to foreign leaders? It's just embarrassing, really.

I'm not saying that the president doesn't love America ... I'm just saying that if he doesn't want to be criticized for being unpatriotic, maybe he should put a little more effort into acting like this is the greatest country that has ever existed in all of history.

Do you think Obama is overly critical of America?

 

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