8 Great Responses to Rudy Giuliani’s Obama Remarks

So much to say, so many ways to say it.

We may have discovered the 54th parallel of American politics. The remarks delivered by former New York mayor and onetime presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani at a private dinner for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker manifested a feat that seemed impossible in these ultra-partisan times: push-back from both sides of the aisle. The initial quote that set things off:

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “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.”

Wayne Barrett, who has written books on the subject, offered a point-by-point takedown of Giuliani’s comments, turning the former mayor’s own critique back to him:

Giuliani went so far as to rebuke the President for not being “brought up the way you were and the way I was brought up through love of this country,” a bow no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy’s uncle.

In the Times follow-up, Giuliani denied that his remarks were racist. Rather:

“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.”

This inspired a Jeet Heer Twitter essay on colonialism and its American fans:

Not fans of colonialism? Our founding fathers:

The winning tweet, however, goes to Sally Kohn, for her seamless merging of two stories.