March 23rd, 2010
10:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Rudy Giuliani says Obama can't fool him

 Rudy Giuliani takes aim at President Obama.
Rudy Giuliani takes aim at President Obama.

(CNN) - Sitting in the stands above a rain-soaked field at Yankee Stadium Monday, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the president is not making good on his promise to make jobs the number one priority of his administration.

While guest-hosting CNBC's "Closing Bell," Giuliani said of the president that "jobs is not his No. 1 priority. He wouldn't have passed this bill if jobs was his No. 1 priority. He would've spent the last year working on jobs. My No. 1 priority when I was mayor of New York City was bringing down crime. I know what a No. 1 priority is – so he can't fool me that jobs is his No. 1 priority."

Giuliani went on to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congress saying, "This was an ideological act by the Congress yesterday, not a sensible health care decision."


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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Voted4HealthCare

    Giuliani fails to acknowledge the healthcare bill actually helps small businesses with employment by providing them with 35% tax credit. Please "read the bill."

    March 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Sgt. USMC

    I love the pic...lol What's he sitting on?

    Stick to state issues giuliani.

    If you know so much then why didn't your own party vote for you in 2008?

    You let McCain beat you buddy.

    Also, weren't you the one criticizing the President for not making good on his promise to bring health care reform?

    Let's face it, you all are bitter because you thought you had killed health care and President Obama came back in the fourth quarter and scored the winning touchdown. booya, in yo face.

    March 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. max

    why was he at Yankee Stadium?

    March 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Anonymous

    What do you EXPECT him to say "Great Job Mr. President – Ms Pelosi sure did a good job with that bill???"
    Of course he's going to whine and complain... After all the noise Republicans made, the President still managed to get a big piece of the health care reform he promised when he was running for office.

    March 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Rudy

    Rudy did'nt fool me by allowing rouge cops roam the streets of New York and he certainly did'nt fool his wife

    March 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Sniffit

    If only there weren't too many syllables in the spelling of Y-A-W-N, I'd be singing it to the tune of Y-M-C-A whenever this clown surfaces to breathe hot nonsense all over us...

    March 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. John, Brooklyn, NY

    If bringing down crime had been Mr. Giulani's top priority, why would he have fired Bill Bratton, Chief of Police? The reason? The mastermind behind the crime efforts in the Giuliani administration was, in fact, Bratton and when the press began to recognize his leadership, Giuliani's arrogance got in the way...and Bratton had to be removed from the picture. So...clearly publicity and ego stroking were his #1 priorities while in office, not fighting crime.

    March 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Justin

    I guess Rudy's number two priority was his mistresses...

    March 23, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. William, from Cali

    I agree with Rudy! But a lot of young voting age Americans are being fooled...and drinking the "Student- loan kool-aid"!

    March 23, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Jay

    Rudy just can't seem to keep his silly mouth shut. Note for ya Rudy - put it in your Blackberry - make it the background for your website: Nobody cares what you have to say. You've shown yourself time-after-time to be a political opportunist of the lowest common denominator, an egotistical, self-absorbed hack who will change his principles to suit the moment. The only priority you have is you. Whatever political capital you once had you frettered away a long, long time ago. Your best option now is to quiety row out into the East River and let the current carry you far, far away – somewhere south of Jersey would be good, I think.

    March 23, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Doug,lib jersey

    All the cronie mobsters/union bosses in NYC hate Rudy and love every Democrat, just like the healthcare stocks rising in share price yesterday, follow the truth not libby lies from the worst people ever to grace this planet.

    March 23, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. don

    How much "small government" does this guy want. Obama passed a stimulus bill in 2009 and jobs bill 2 weeks ago (all with little or NO Republican help). Rudy don't stray too far from 9/11 OK? You're out of your league pal.

    March 23, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Mike

    nobama does not want jobs, he wants a country where the citizens are dependent on the government.

    March 23, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Dar

    Odumbo may not fool Giuliani but he was able to fool most of the country into voting for him.

    March 23, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Ancient Texan

    Rudy is right, seizing power is Obama's number one priority. They'll assign the jobs after complete power is in hand.

    March 23, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. RDS

    Rudy..give up. You will NEVER be President. Stop waisting your time. Stop waisting the money of people.

    March 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Giuliani isn't being fair since everything done to improve health care is a part of getting businesses ready to hire more people or appear to be a better fit in terms of business perks.

    Giuliani isn't really one to speak. He never offered ideas as to what he would do or what should be done in terms of a jobs program. Then again I thought that Giuliani would be of the mind that the federal government wouldn't be the place that jobs were created.

    March 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. People's Voice

    Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. You are a fool.

    March 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Joe in PA

    We are not concerned about what this fool thinks.

    March 23, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Rudy, you're a moron. The economy and job losses were so bad, thanks to 30 years of trickle-down deregulatory nonsense and outsourcing that nothing the government did or did not do could save jobs except to slow down their loss, which is exactly what happened. Patience, grasshopper, jobs will start coming back next year. That's why they're called a lagging indicator, you old gasbag. Have a nice day!

    March 23, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Is this all you have left, GOP? A bunch of tired, old men who aren't even close to being able to grasp new innovations, ideals, or critical thought processes?

    Romney, Gulliani, McCain, Cheney ... each of them running around the block repeating the same garbage, day after day after day.

    How embarrassing for the Grand Old Party to be reduced to this level of banality.

    March 23, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Kate

    This is the man that should of been president. What a mistake the American people made with Obama.

    March 23, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. James Miller

    Funny, I thought health care was. However, the stimulus package was targeted towards jobs.----- Face it, we don`t make anything here. The factories have all been moved overseas. Tax their overseas profits, reduce taxes and that may return some of the jobs.--– It`s a long term endeavor and anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows that.

    March 23, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Clint, Wa.

    Good God mam, look at that picture, what kind of drugs is he on, or is he getting an emena at the time of the photo?

    March 23, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Rudy would be fooled by a third grader. He is a lying piece of dung.

    March 23, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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