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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  1. Steve

    Apparently it doesn’t take much to fool Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Isn’t he the guy who said there weren’t any terrorist attacks during George Bush’s presidency?

    March 23, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Deb/ALabama

    President Obama isn't trying to fool you at all, why should he try to fool anyone. He was trying to do something good for all of us Americans thats all. I'm sick and tired of every bah humbug conservative having something negative to say about his every move. What purpose does it serve? Ya'll are all beginning to sound like Rush Limbaugh and that is realllllly baaaaaad. I would take it as a personal insult.

    March 23, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. MB Seattle

    Obama has the problem of trying to get things done in Washington because he has one arm tied behind his back. Not bad for a lefty though.

    Just image if the Republicans came to work on the problem with him.

    Rudy your party is broken please fix it. They have become a bunch of mean spirited dare it say it un american bums.

    March 23, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. FL for Change

    Maybe the "Jobs Bill" would be passed if the Rethugs and Party of No would get of their asses and do something about it! Shut up, Rudy. You are no longer relevant...

    March 23, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Emilie

    What does the GOP think this is about? The President is trying to keep the ship afloat after years of GOP spending on a credit card. The GOP, when in power, never even tried to fix the huge gash in the hull that is spiraling health care costs. If Obama doesn't get that fixed, it won't matter if someone has a job or not, the whole thing sinks. So come off it, Giuliani. Look at the big picture. That's what President Obama is doing. That's what good presidents do.

    March 23, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. henriettap

    How many jobs have Giulliani or any of the rest of the Republicans created?How many people have they helped with medical problems?Why is it that there states are facing the same problems as every other state,they talk as thogh they have all the answers to the problems but have not tried in their states to implement any plan to help their situations.Could it be that they are waiting to get government help?

    March 23, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Elliott

    Republicans have NEVER had a "sensible health care decision". That's why they haven't done jack-squat about it in all these years.

    March 23, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. chad in seattle, wa.

    boooooooooo!
    this guy is a hack!
    didnt he fire himself with his no terror attacks on bushs watch?
    come on cnn, this man has zero cred.

    March 23, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Marc

    And who he's thinking that he's fooling?

    March 23, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. JimB

    That's just the kind of 2-dimensional linear thinking one can expect from Rudy. Any reasonable leader knows that sometimes priorities shift, and any responsible leader will not fixate on one priority, when another more urgent issue needs attention.

    It's also ironic how Rudy Giuliani seems to be accusing the President of lacking integrity in his leadership. Perhaps Mr. Giuliani is not familiar with the saying, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." I suppose we can forgive him for that; after all, most politicians live in glass houses.

    March 23, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. A. Goodwin

    Sorry, but everyone can fool Rudy – he's a tool.

    Rudy – Obama has done more in the last year than you could do your whole life! You all ready know he's been working on the jobs bill – AND – the health care bill will CREATE jobs. Stop the lies, buddy, and go back to you do best – which, for the life of me I cannot figure out!

    March 23, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Kevin B

    The thing these tired old GOP hacks refuse to acknowledge is that the segment of the economy which is causing the greatest drain , is the unchecked growth of heath care cost. Without gaining control of these cost, jobs growth will remain sluggish and the budget deficit can not be seriously addressed.

    Republicans will never let the truth and facts stand in the way of their wierd, shrill hatred of President Obama.

    March 23, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. reg dwight

    he only has to fool the welfare moochers and the mtv watchers. there are enough people in our land who speak ebonics and think american idol is important to carry the day.

    March 23, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. mike

    LOL ... no need to worry about that Rudy ... You didn't even get to run against him & probably never will since you can't fool even enough Republicans to believe that you are presidential material. And that's not saying a whole lot since the average GoPer is pretty darn foolable.

    March 23, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Dawn

    Once again shameless Rudy. Obviously Rudy was not paying attention during the election campaign when President Obama promised to reform healthcare. He promised and he delivered.
    Besides fearmongering for 8 years of the Bush Administration,
    what did they really do for the Country?
    For the party to suggest that whatever is happening to the economy is Nancy Pelosi's fault is laughable.
    Then again they are the party with no agenda.
    I know the Republicans are totally upset that this bill passed. They are a bunch of Jerks. They tried every tactic and President Obama still prevailed.
    They are so dense. They can't see that President Obama is smarter than the whole bunch put together. Our President have brains which their party lacks.
    If the Repugs really cared about America, they would want everyone to enjoy the same benefits they get from helathcare.
    They will all burn in HELL.

    March 23, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. kmp

    Hey Rudy guess what you cannot fool me either. You along with McCain are willing to sell your souls in order to be popular. Guess what we still don't care what you think now vs back in 08.

    March 23, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. ana

    Giuliani is the biggest crook out there....selling tower metal to China the same week and his new enterprises of making money on a US tragedy. He's all about cashing in on whatever he can and his bad behavior is his future legacy.

    March 23, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Filp

    CNN has misquoted Giuliani. He surely threw a gratuitous "9/11" into his babble on CNBC. He added something to the effect of "take it from me, I fooled my previous two wives, I know something about fooling people."

    What a piece of work. The guy couldn't get elected dog catcher in NYC after his lousy 8 year war on the citizens of the city. He's delusional, psychotic, and vile.

    Ask his former wives and children.

    March 23, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Jack

    Giuliani belongs with Bernie Kerik

    March 23, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Realist

    Rudy you lost because you lacked the senses to do the right thing. Your party, the republican party threw you under the bus many times during the capaign, the voters in the republican party repudiated your vision for the country. No Rudy, you and your party did not fool americans with your fear campaign and your obstructionist ways. Rudy you are a *have been* so step aside, go away and watch and learn how a true leader runs the country.

    March 23, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. zazzle.com/TheProgram

    These republicans have built the healthcare bill into some alleged radical uber-liberal thing. IT ISN"T.

    WAKE UP AMERICA. doing away with pre-existing conditions isn't radical. it's long overdue.

    March 23, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Doug in Harrisburg

    Do we really care about what Rudy GOOLiani thinks about anything? This is a man who continues to exploit 911 to his benefit. How us "fooling" whom? Point is, the Republicans whine endlessly that Obama and Congress ignored what the people want when, in fact, Obama and the Democrats won the election by a landslide and, because of that, the administration and the Congress had every right to keep the campaign promise of delivering health-care reform. Oh, and by the way, Obama/Congress HAVE been working on the job situation (that resulted, of course, by 8 years of Bush and Republican miss-handling of the econonmy, etc.). So, you see, Democrats CAN work on more than one thing at a time, thank god!

    March 23, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "This was an ideological act by the Congress yesterday, not a sensible health care decision."

    Indeed. For the past year+ the GOP has refused to engage in any rational, reasonable dialogue whatsoever on the subject of health care reform while spewing debunked idiocy about their trickle-down daydream magic free market idealism...and tossing the word "socialism" like a turd from an angry McCarthyist monkey's fist, despite it being patently inapplicable to the issue and the proposals on the table. Then they marched in lockstep into the House chambers to vote "Nay" en masse without a single GOPer veering off course from the attempt to create "Obama's Waterloo" or from Lambaugh's GPS (GOPer Positioning System) talking points...all while spending a year bowing to more and more extreme right wing lunatic fringe elements and purging their party of ideological heretics who had the audacity to squeeze out an individual thought passed their party-line demogogue constipation. Ideological shaneningans indeed, Captain 9-11.

    March 23, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Michael Smith

    What about health care for all those workers on 9/11?

    Rudy only mentions 9/11 workers when it helps him.

    March 23, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. D. Burrows

    Rudy is right Obama can't do anything but lie. He has lied from the first night he had talks with Hillary. How could we have a President of the United States that could act like this in the most powerful position in the world. He , Reid, and Pelosi have made our country a laughing stock of the world. The night he gave the State of th Union Speech and Rep Joe Wilson from N.C. was right. He does lie. He did everything he could with the help of Reid and Pelosi to pass this Health Bill that will break the United States, just so he could be the first black man to pass a Health Bill that no white President could do . But our past Presidents did not resort to the tactics that these three idiots did. I hope and pray they get voted out before they ruin the United States.

    March 23, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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