Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was serving his term when the Twin Towers were attacked and destroyed by terrorists in September, 2001. The always feisty Giuliani is critical of President Obama’s ‘Laissez faire” attitude before and during his Cuba pilgrimage. In his opinion, during this election 2016, the president should have left Cuba and returned to Washington to deal with Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels.
The president instead chose to remain in Cuba to watch a baseball game as all hell was breaking out in the country that houses NATO headquarters. The mayor found the photographs of Obama with Communist leader Raul Castro, smiling and having a good time, were utterly repugnant to Giuliani in his Wednesday morning comments on MSNBC’s show, “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.
In sharp rebuke of Obama’s behavior as the commander-in chief, Giuliani said, “Imagine if there was a picture of the president of France laughing during September 11. How would we feel about that?” It was his assertion that the American people would have seen the image of a leader if he had simply dismissed himself to be near a crisis of one of our longest European allies.
The former mayor interjected, “Here’s what I would have done. I would have immediately left, gotten the national security staff together and said, ‘When I wake up tomorrow morning, I want a complete plan on how we destroy ISIS.’” He went on to say Obama, when told of the attack, spoke for less than a minute about the attacks during his 34-minute speech in Cuba on Tuesday, then later attended the inconsequential baseball game.
The president’s actions were reminiscent of his infamous vacation in Martha’s Vineyard when he was briefed on the ISIS beheading of American hostage James Foley. Obama went before reporters and expressed his outrage and then quickly was whisked off by the Secret Service for a round of golf.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said to his guest Giuliani, “You look at what happened after Paris, his listless response, his weak response made Americans say, ‘Why can’t our president be as tough as France’s president? That’s something never said and has actually contributed to the rise of Donald Trump.”
From Nicole Wallace, who served as communications director for former President George W. Bush to Admiral James Stavrids, the consensus was the president’s optics were “catastrophic.” It should be noted that then President George W. Bush was criticized when he remained in a classroom after learning of the 9/11 attacks. It was an effort to keep the young children from hearing the shocking news.
Obama, on the other hand Obama had no way of knowing when he went to the baseball game that all the American people who were in Brussels yesterday were alive or not. Bush was immediately in touch with the White House and the military as he struggled to get back to Washington asap. “You don’t send a picture of yourself laughing while people have just been blown up at a level that, as the admiral pointed out, is the equivalent of September 11 to one of our allies,” Giuliani said.