January 8th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani says no 'domestic terror attacks' under Bush

Rudy Giuliani said Friday that the United States was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.
Rudy Giuliani said Friday that the United States was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.

(CNN) - Echoing recent comments from former Bush administration officials, Rudy Giuliani defended former President George Bush's record on terrorism Friday, saying the country was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.

"We had no domestic attacks under Bush; we've had one under Obama," Giuliani said on ABC's Good Morning America.

Democrats and other political observers were quick to question Giuliani's comments, wondering how the former New York City mayor would classify the attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as Richard Reid's attempted shoe-bombing in late 2001.

"Giuliani seems to have forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and shoe bomber Richard Reid," ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who conducted the Giuliani interview, wrote on his blog.

Giuliani's comments are similar to those of former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, both of whom have said in recent weeks no terrorism attacks occurred under Bush.

"We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term," Perino told Fox News last November.

In December, Mary Matalin - a former senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney - made comments that seemed to place the 9/11 attacks under President Clinton's watch. "We inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history," Matalin a CNN analyst, told John King on CNN's "State of the Union" last month.


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  1. Jaz

    Wow..... "no domestic terror attacks" under Bush.

    WHERE the hell has this fool been? Just when I think Rudy couldn't be dumber than a rats terd, he once again has boggled the human mind with his utter stupidity.

    WHO in God's name thinks this guy is credible?

    January 8, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Matt DeGroot

    This is absolutely ridiculous. If they can pawn 9/11 off on the Clinton administration (which is idiotic) why is the Christmas Day attempt not blamed on the Bush adminstration? Oh, I know why. Because it makes no freaking sense!

    January 8, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. James

    Oh, Rudy. Tell me. What color *is* the sky in your world?

    January 8, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. What goes around

    "Giuliani seems to have forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and shoe bomber Richard Reid," ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who conducted the Giuliani interview, wrote on his blog.

    And, that an August 2001 memo informing the president that Al Qaeda was determined to attack the US by flying airplanes into buildings was delivered right to the president's desk.

    Anyone who thinks these people aren't trying to dupe the American people is beyond hope.

    January 8, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. oxbobend

    Yes Yes yes. The vietnam war was under John Kerry's watch, The Korean war was under John Kennedy's watch, The Bay of Pigs invasion was under L.B.J.'s watch. 9/11 was not under Clinton's watch but was under Carter's watch. Yes, Yes, Yes, and my wifte got pregnant under the mailman's watch. I just can't say these things without giggling and are these people really for real? History is a funny thing. Our perceptions sometimes color the truth.

    January 8, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Jane/Seattle

    Bush had very little to do with this possible fact! The U.S. under Bush/Cheney and the cabal were too busy scaring the crap out of the World with their incendiary rhetoric and threats of violence to all those the U.S. previously helped with arms, WMD's, and the like to get them ever more beholden to the WTO, IMF, and World Bank. All the rest of this clap trap is so much fake spin and rewriting history. Rudy is getting big bucks to help foreign governments negotiate the U.S. money market system! Hey, Rudy, you must know you are done in politics, but this new P.R. job puts you right up there with Cheney and the crew for attempted endless Deception! We are on to you, folks! it's kind of hard to fool everybody all of the time!

    January 8, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Clark W Griswold

    Yeah, we didn't have a domestic terrorist attack on America during George Bush's tenure. Unless you count that whole 9/11/2001 thing. But, aside from that incident....................

    January 8, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Lionel Hardcastle

    Rudy, Honey, your time has passed

    January 8, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. felicia

    What the heck is wrong with these people. I mean what's really going on, are they trying to cover something up. For these people to be lying the way that they are i don't know what's going on. Repigs are really tripping.

    January 8, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. YGBSM!

    Are the Republicans smoking something!!! Am I mistaken?...or wasn't Bush reading to 5th graders when the attacks happened?! He was President then wasn't he? OH THAT'S RIGHT!!! CHENEY WAS RUNNING THE COUNTRY!!!

    January 8, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Kathy

    9/11, 9/11, 9/11 Guliani's mantra, how could he forget that terror attack during Bush's reign.

    January 8, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. carlos

    these repugnants blaming Pres. Clinton for the 9/11 attack on American soil??????? demons and evil...that's what these reptiles are........trators and liars

    January 8, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Concerned

    1??? Make that 2 for Obama... What about the shootings in Texas?

    January 8, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Josh

    And welcome to the Republican memory. Short and Forgetful.

    "We had no domestic attacks under Bush; we've had one under Obama," Giuliani said on ABC's Good Morning America.

    Funny, I remember something, its a little hazy, but wasn't it called 9/11!!! And how bout that shoe bomber?? Wasn't Giuliani Mayor of New York at the time of 9/11??

    According to the republicans, they have never done anything wrong, and all of America's problems fall on Democrats feet, though the Dems tend to act the same.

    January 8, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Alan

    Amazing what Rose colored glasses can do to History as well as long term memory loss. I am sure these glasses also put the Economic melt down on someone else's watch as well.

    January 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Dawn

    These people need to just shut up and go away.
    What a bunch. Total hypocrites.
    Dawn.

    January 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Eric

    9/11 was the worst terrorist attack on American soil. It happened because Bush failed to keep America Safe. Then there was Richard Reed, the Anthrax attacks and the DC sniper.

    It's not terrorism that brought this country to it's knees- it was the response. Iraq

    January 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. RJ

    So how can anyone believe anything they say when they can't "remember" who was in office during 9/11?

    January 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Patti

    What does he call 9/11 – the most horrific crime of all – and what about Richard Reid? NOw there will be hundreds of brain dead Republicans believing this lie and repeating it with great conviction. Just like Sara's death panels.....mush brains who feed on Fox news.

    January 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Darby

    This comment is typical of the smug hypocrisy of today's Republicans. Just ignore all facts, take a cheap shot, and forget about contributing anything helpful to the United States. GOP = Got Nothing Positive.

    January 8, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. oxbobend

    The truth is that 9/11 WAS under Bush/Cheney's watch, but the facts are that they weren't really there. Just like they weren't there for Katrina, I only wish I could pretend they weren't really there. The reality is they were. It is so hard to try forget what Bush/Cheney did.
    That's why McCain begged Bush and Cheney to not campaign for him.

    January 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Edwin

    Simply amazing.

    January 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Jean

    This is how corrupt and evil the wingnuts are–they care nothing about America or Americans, just their own warped agenda. Politics first, power and money second, and country always dead last for these people. God help us if they ever got back into power.

    January 8, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Steven

    What about 9/11?
    What about Richard Reed?
    What about the Anthrax mailings?
    What about the DC snipers?

    January 8, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. DIANE

    Now the Republicans are trying to rewrite history, and they know if they say it enough, people will start to believe them! By the time Obama leaves office, you can bet about 25% of the population–the stupidest people in the USA –will believe 9-11 happened during Clinton's presidency.

    January 8, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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