Sometimes called "a priest in pinstripes" because
he was always a tough lawyer, prosecuter, but always on the side of
rightiousness. But in the wake of the tragedy that occurred on September
11, 2001 emerged a true hero. New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as David
Letterman stated "is the personification of what courage is". Know for his
hard edged politics and "love it or leave it" attitude for those who complained
about New York, Mayor Giuliani suddenly seems very composed, very mellow,
but very focused. Without once even flinching it seems, he swung into action
to get New York back on his feet.
Almost 2 months to the date, another jet American
Airlines passenger jet goes down over a heavily-populated area of Queens
carrying 252 people, crew included. A CNN reporter notes that Rudolph Giuliani
is on the scene "Cool, calm, and collective, as usual". For those in other
parts of the country who don't know of Mayor Giulianani (at least not the
way we know him here in NYC), he would appear to be a man without emotion,
almost cold, but we know its simply not the case. He is a man with great
caring, sincerity, emotion, even if he often comes off with a hard edge,
he is a humanitarian, not a militant leader who acts or reacts without emotion.
God how I would hate to be his shrink. While I am not sure this man even
sees a shrink, he is obviously a man of higher caliber than we often see
in this day and age. When we see our own President Bush shed a tear, but
yet Giuliani, visibly is not 'himself' and appears as if he has no sleep
in days (as is the consensus), this is a man not just worthy of Mayor of
the world's largest and most prominent city, but a man who is worthy of much
more. It would even seem that he is over-qualified to be President of the
United States someday. Many may laugh (some would even scoff, but even those
who opposed him like Former Mayor Ed Koch) have revised their feelings/comments
and admire a man of who appears to have super-human composure in the most
dire, most extreme, most tragic of situations and circumstances. Again, many
will question this, but those who live in NYC and the areas surrounding who
commute into NYC, will note that the city has changed, for the better, regardless
of those who even have called him "Rudy Mussolini", this man, even if he
retires today, is no Mussolini, not a Garibaldi, but a Caesar (as in Julius).
A man who has enemies, but a man whom even his enemies admire. This is a
man who does not come about every 100 years, but perhaps only once ever 1000
years. To think we over-glorify such a man is to underestimate who he really
Perfect? Hardly, and no, Giuliani is not the only
hero here, we know there are over 10,000 which would include the victims,
those who helped others get out of the Twin Towers before they fell before
themselves, and of course the firefighters and police officers and countless
others who perished and those who went on to help when the destruction was
mostly over. Police from New Jersey and Long Island; Firefighters from
Sacramento; the list goes on forever.
But "Rudy Mussolini" as many have called him,
never made any angry threats. He always leaves us guessing. When the last
NY Governor elections took place, he crossed party lines and endorsed democrat
Mario Cuomo over his own republican party candidate George Pataki. Cuomo
lost but Giuliani still approached him with a smile and a big hug, almost
gleefully at his concession speech, while most would have been no where to
be found or at the very least shaking in their shoes.
Today, you find no evidence of that episode between
Giuliani and Pataki. They operate like old college buddies. But they had
broken that ice a long time ago when they both appeared on Saturday Night
Live to host the show with a humorous angle.
But this is not about politics, and regardless
of what happened before, those who really know Giuliani love him and know
he has guts. He has taken on the mafia, the drug dealers, crime and anyone
who has gotten in the way of him doing things in the "old school" fashion.
Not always politically correct, but then again, its refreshing in this day
of waffling overly-politically correct politicians who speak out of both
sides of their mouths to get elected.
But finally we will spare you the bio you can
find at nyc.gov and just simply say that of all people that could have been
mayor of any major city, here in New York we thank God it was Giuliani.
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