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Rudy Giuliani: I Distrust Obama's Policies, Not His Heart

By    |   Monday, 23 February 2015 07:58 AM

After controversial statements last week that he didn't believe the president loves his country, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has tried to give a more in-depth account of the intentions behind his comments.

In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Giuliani said that his intention was to highlight the president's lack of leadership and its impact on the country.

"There has been no shortage of new coverage — and criticism — regarding comments I made about President [Barack] Obama at a political gathering last week in New York. My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn't love America notwithstanding, I didn't intend to question President Obama's motives or the content of his heart," he wrote.

"My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance."

The former GOP presidential candidate criticized the president for "his inability or disinclination to emphasize what is right with America."

He also accused Obama of "criticizing his country more than other presidents have done."

He said that Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, by contrast, were able to offer "constructive criticism" on the United States but still believed in American exceptionalism.

And he said he was "disheartened" when we heard Obama say that America's response to 9/11 betrayed the ideals of this country, adding that the comments undermined those who have successfully protected us from further attack.

"To say, as the president has, that American exceptionalism is no more exceptional than the exceptionalism of any other country in the world, does not suggest a becoming and endearing modesty, but rather a stark lack of moral clarity."

"Obviously, I cannot read President Obama's mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention … I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great," Giuliani said.

He concluded by saying, "Whether you agree or not with what I said last week, I hope the intention behind those words can be the basis for a real conversation about national leadership and the importance of confidence and optimism in framing America's way forward.

"I hope also that our president will start acting and speaking in a way that draws sharp, clear distinctions between us and those who threaten our way of life."

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"I didn't intend to question President Obama's motives or the content of his heart ... but the effect of his words and his actions have on the morale of the country," Rudy Giuliani writes in The Wall Street Journal.
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