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Rudy Giuliani Spokesman Clarifies Statement, Gets It Wrong Again

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:10 PM ET

Giuliani And King

So, earlier this morning, an eye-popping moment on Good Morning America occurred when Rudy Giuliani appeared to forget that the September 11th Attacks occurred in the year 2001, during the Bush administration. How else to explain this statement: "We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We've had one under Obama."

That's what the Mayor's spokesperson is telling George Stephanopoulos, saying Giulani was "clearly talking post-9/11 with regards to Islamic terrorist attacks on our soil." As I pointed out, this, too, is incorrect. The Richard Reid "shoe-bombing" incident -- also a thwarted Christmastime attack on an airplane -- happened on December 22, 2001. Well, an eagle-eyed tipster points me to this past Wednesday's Larry King Live, featuring an interview with Giuliani that indicates that maybe he just doesn't know much about recent attacks on the homeland.

GIULIANI: I think the president has to make a major correction in the way he is dealing with terrorism because I think he has mishandled the situation. First of all, it was 10 days too late. This is something you react to immediately, not 10 days later after your vacation. The president of the United States, when there is a potential massive attack on this country, which is what this guy was going to do, should have been on top of this immediately, not 10 days later, 11 days later, 12 days later.


We should have had our response ready. After all, this is not an unexpected act. We are in the age of terrorism. We don't need 10 days to respond or figure out our response. All that does, I believe, is convince our enemies that we are not ready, that we are pondering too much and thinking too much. So, you know, there is -- you want to take some time. But this has been an extraordinarily long time given the magnitude of this kind of attack.

KING: President Bush took six days once in a similar incident.

GIULIANI: Well, six days is less than 10. And the reality is that President Bush was criticized for taking -- what was it, like 20 or 30 minutes in delaying his response to September 11th. And I believe that six days was before the September 11th attack.

King, like Stephanopoulos, didn't push back on this error, either. But he did at least, set the moment in amber:

KING: Bush waited six days on the shoe bomber.


GIULIANI: That's correct.

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