RNC: Giuliani’s Speech

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

I didn’t catch Giuliani’s Speech last night, and I only heard a few snippets on NPR this morning, but I enjoyed reading this passage about the president meeting with “the people” after 9/11:

Now New York construction workers are very special people. I’m sure this is true all over but I know the ones here the best. They were real heroes along with many others that day, volunteering immediately. And they’re big, real big. Their arms are bigger than my legs and their opinions are even bigger than their arms. Now each one of them would engage the President and I imagine like his cabinet give him advice. They were advising him in their own words on exactly what he should do with the terrorists. Of course I can’t repeat their exact language. But one of them really went into great detail and upon conclusion of his remarks President Bush said in a rather loud voice, “I agree.” At this point the guy just beamed and all his buddies turned toward him in amazement. The guy just lost it. So he reached over, embraced the President and began hugging him enthusiastically. A Secret Service agent standing next to me looked at the President and the guy and instead of extracting the President from this bear hug, he turned toward me and put his finger in my face and said, “If this guy hurts the President, Giuliani you’re finished.” Meekly, and this is the moral of the story, I responded, “but it would be out of love.”

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