Giuliani heaps congratulations on Obama
May 3rd, 2011
10:53 AM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani heaps congratulations on Obama

(CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani praised President Obama for making the "tough choice" to capture al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"There was more of a chance that something could go wrong with this operation than something go right with it. There would have been politically safer ways to do it," Giuliani said Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." "I think the president took a lot of risk here in the right way."


The former 2008 Republican presidential candidate said President Obama and former President George W. Bush "looked good" following bin Laden's death but that the danger for America is ongoing.

"A very, very big step in removing him, because he was a real symbol that organized people," Giuliani said. "But not the final step … I think short term, there's more danger. Long term, there's a lot more safety. And who knows what short term means."

Giuliani, who was mayor during the attacks on September 11, 2001, said his death "worked out for the best" and was a safer option than putting him on trial.

He also said he has a "good feeling" that people remember the events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

"It was really very, very heart warming to see so many people just spontaneously go out on the street in Washington and New York … a lot of young people," Giuliani said. "And it means they still remember and they still have, they still have an understanding of what happened on September 11th."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Captain 911 must be psyched that this happened and reinvigorated talk about 911.

    May 3, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. GI Joe

    No matter what the subject, it's "noun, verb, 9-11". What a loser. He is irrelevant. He is mafia-connected and doesn't need to be publicized any more CNN.

    May 3, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS -aka- Mammon

    Mt. 9/11 himself can't even hate on the President on this, yet you still have those in the GOP who can't even acknowledge this accomplishment by the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION( Palin, Santorum, Gingrich).

    May 3, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Zebula

    Thanks to "W" for getting us in there and thanks to Obama for lying about getting us out of there.

    May 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. The Situation

    That guy is a goof. Giuliani claimed that Obama had no experience. This coming from a guy that exploited 9/11 for his own political fame.

    May 3, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Proud to be an Independent !

    Ha Ha ! Somebody mentioned 9/11 and surprise Rudy Giuliani show's up ! Giuliani is such a fraud , can this man please sit down and shut up !

    May 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. B

    What a total fool this man is. It never ceases to amaze me that we have put idiots like him in places of real responsibility.

    Bush has to be the all time best example of that though !

    May 3, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I never really liked this man when he was mayor. You always got the impression that he had his chosen favorites, which means he had his chosen enemies. He had the right to make those decisions based upon his political goals. Case in point, he has been going around congratulating Obama on finishing the job begun under Bush. Here's the facts.

    Six months after 9/11 Bush had given up, candidly remarking in the WH briefing room, "Heck, I don't know where he is. It doesn't matter. We've broken up his group. We cannot base our foreign policy on one man, anyway. I don't know where he is and it doesn't matter." Not quite his exact words, but that was the gist of it.

    So, what "hizzoner" is saying is factually correct, but implicitly inaccurate. Bush had given up, taken his eye off the target, and began his Iraq War. Bin Laden had been forgetten. Obama promised to renew the search and finished the job by having the courage to act "with or without Pakistan." Remarks for which he was resoundly criticized.

    May 3, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. gran

    Where's the "news" here? Just another Repub getting his two cents in on a huge event. It's an AMERICAN event to celebrate and not a political event!!!!

    May 3, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. FM

    The President has shown a good example that while leading, one has to do what they think is right regardless risking the job. If others will do the same, especially: senators, congress people, governors etc.a lot could be achieved.

    May 3, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Mayor, people never really liked the way you used to spend so much time in front of TV cameras whenever a cat got stuck in a tree. The WTC was your moment, and I do not fault you for actions in the least. That was the time for reassuring the public. You realized that you did something right during those days, but you never quite figured out what it was so I'm going to tell you. You stood back and let someone else use the microphone.

    May 3, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    ATTN: If President Obama mentions Bush's past failure as President, Republicans immediately respond saying it's Obama's job now, but when Preisdent Obama gets bin Laden, Republicans are quick to give Bush credit. It's what you call "cherry picking" and that's exactly how Republicans don't work for all Americans.

    May 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Me

    At least Giuliani credited Obama but then he tosses in Bush's name. After watching video yesterday of Bush talking about how "I don't know or care where bin Laden is, living in a cave I guess, he's no longer a priority, no longer on the radar" I realized that Bush truly quit looking for him early on in the game. He was already moving on with his ridiculous WMD debacle . This tape of Bush was from March '02, just six months after 9/11.

    May 3, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. PalmReader

    "I think the president took a lot of risk here in the right way."

    Sorry, Giuli, but your party faithful aren't buying it. For them, all credit goes to GWB ... the same guy who gave a WH briefing in 2002 (6 months after 9/11) stating *I have no idea where OBL is. And really, I don't care*. And nine years later, here they all are blogging away, trying to credit Bush's cowboy bull-horn BS with OBLs death, two and one half years AFTER he left office.

    May 3, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. ja

    i hope the country can stop petty polictics this day forward, change the tax rate for the filthy rich, maybe we just do a continum for the Obama administration, and the campaign funds go to charity!!!!!

    May 3, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Rickster

    This was a great call by Obama to actually go in and get him......without telling congress or the Pakistanis. A job well done by Obama, our intel people and the military.
    The only thing I would like to have seen done differently was the burial at sea. That should have been done from 5000 feet and about 90 miles per hour.

    May 3, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. gt

    so many sad , evil comments , on both sides ...lets be happy that the monster is dead... both sides liberal and conserative can agree on this one ... so many of you need to give it a rest ....

    May 3, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Nothing new here

    I will give credit to Mr. Giuliani for keeping the "partisan politics" out of this interview.
    Thank you.

    May 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party

    GW Bush OUTSOURCED the job of capturing OBL to the Pakistanis!....and went after his daddy's war and an easier target Saddam Hussein under the guise of finding WMD's....costing American TAX PAYERS Trillions of $$$, over 3000 American soldiers lives lost and thousands of wounded and miamed in Iraq!!!!

    President Obama focused his eyes like a laser on the real culprit of 9/11 OBL...got him captured, killed and eliminated to the fishes and sharks in the sea....that's a REAL MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

    GW did not do squat!!!

    May 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    @B: What a total fool this man is. It never ceases to amaze me that we have put idiots like him in places of real responsibility.

    Rudy Guiliani was no fool. He was a man with lots of connections. You never really knew where you stood with him. But you always knew where he was going to stand, which was a reflection of his biggest fault. He was capriciously judgemental. He was quick to jump to conclusions.

    He concluded that America loved him because of 9/11. No, America appreciated the way he comforted us during a time of chaos by giving the rest of the country a glimpse of the tight ship that Guiliani ran. It was something that Bush was not providing to the degree that His Honor was able to convey. No. Rudy Guiliani is far from a fool, just a bit too quick to judge. Throw in a little cocky confidence, and there you have him.

    May 3, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. rusty155

    I know the Troop are the one that when , But It was President Obama that make the tough choice for them to do It the Way It was done. He could have just fired a missile , But that we couldn't prove we got him. So yes President Obama Did a Great Jobs In the tough choice he had to make, And he make the right Choice. If It would have gone wrong everyone would have Blame President Obama. So as American Let give credit were credit Is Do ,and that with President Obama and the Troop that when In and Got Him, And the America Troop that been fighting for all most ten years trying to find Him.

    May 3, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. AEJ

    I am a Canadian living in Canada. On Sunday night my daughter came to my bedroom to tell me CNN has "breaking news" and that the President of the USA (POTUS) will be speaking to Americans and to the world. It was after 10:30 at night and so my husband and I said to each other, for the POTUS to be speaking at this time, it had to be of paramount importance. As a Canadian, I just want to thank the POTUS and to say "please continue the great work you are doing". EXCELLENT!!!!

    May 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. SuperD

    I normally am not one to give Obama credit. Just imagine if this all went wrong? So it was a gutsy call and I thank him for that. But please, we cannot re-elect this man, he's got to change his views on the economy and energy.

    May 3, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Sam

    Guiliani still gets a lot of credite than the other repubs who praised Obama without a "but" or a "however" etc. Losers like Palin, Huckabee, O'reilly etc didn't have the class to do the same.

    May 3, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. al in memphis

    Every time I hear this guy, I can't get his FactLess News comment out of my head. He once said Palin had more executive experience and qualifications than Obama. I left thinking some people will say anything for party politics.

    May 3, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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