Giuliani: Obama owns Occupy Wall Street movement
November 5th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
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Giuliani: Obama owns Occupy Wall Street movement

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is responsible for the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"It would not have happened but for his class warfare," Giuliani said in Washington on Friday. "And remember, as it gets worse and worse - because it's going to get worse and worse - where it came from: Barack Obama."

Giuliani's remarks came while speaking at a summit sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization with deep ties to the tea party movement.

Presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain also spoke at the event.

Giuliani said Obama's economic philosophy–which the former mayor describes as the need to "redistribute the wealth"–closely lines up with the message of the growing movement.

The movement started out as a group of demonstrators on Wall Street upset over unemployment and the economy. It has since expanded to cover a variety of issues, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Similar protests have popped up in cities around the world, some of which have been marked by violence.

One faction of the movement even proposed occupying the offices of presidential candidates in Iowa ahead of the caucuses and primary season, which starts January 3.

"I believe this will be the millstone around Barack Obama's neck that will take his presidency down," Giuliani said.

Obama commented on the booming movement in October, saying it "expresses the frustrations that the American people feel."

"People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works," Obama said while taking questions at a news conference about his jobs plan.

The president highlighted the financial regulation bill passed in 2010 as an example of government working to ensure a fair, rule-abiding financial sector.

"The American people understand that not everybody's been following the rules," he said. "That Wall Street is an example of that."

According to an ORC International Poll released Thursday, more Americans say they support the movement as it progresses. Thirty-six percent say they agree with the overall positions of Occupy Wall Street, up from 27% when the survey was last conducted in early October.

Giuliani flirted with a presidential bid for much of the year but announced his decision against running last month.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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Filed under: 2012 • Occupy Wall Street • President Obama • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. NameByeMichele

    I am proud of our president speaking up for America but the R party won't have it if Obama seems to be doing something right.
    Good week for Pres O Nast Repubs
    1). Pres was named most powerful person in the world by Forbes this week.
    2). The economy is showing an uptick.
    3.). Pres obama's poll numbers are going up.

    How does that make you feel Mr Guilani????

    November 5, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Cigar Smoker

    Rudy, I use to think you were a pretty bright guy. After your "Us vs them" comments you're nothing but another sell out. I'm glad you didn't run for national office because you would of had my vote until today.

    November 5, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. Si Senor

    What can you expect when OWS stands for Obama Wants Socialism...

    November 5, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Sonnie2

    Right now it is a no do senate that need a little jacking up. Some one should give Dingy Harry the word

    November 5, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  5. RKN

    there was a snow storm in the northeast – clearly it is a liberal plot. Obama is behind it and it's all his fault.
    Cutting power to the east coast is the first step to allow the take over of our country by aliens.
    If we only had greater tax cuts for the wealthy we wouldn't have this problem. We still have a chance to correct this if we remove all regulations and let companies pollute the air and water we might have a brighter future for our children. But, too many people have been brainwashed by the liberal – socialist media puppets who want o bring down this country. The only patriotic thing we can do to save this country for our children and ourselves is declare war on somebody.
    All hail Rick Perry, Rush Limbaugh and FOX news.
    Erroneous Vacuous.

    Pathetic.

    November 5, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. STEVEN

    When I hear such words from a former mayor, I wonder how he duped people into voting for him as Mayor.I remember very vividly when this man led a riot of NYFD against then Mayor Dinkins. This man will say anything to get attention. The only way he can stay relevant is by saying outrageous things. I also suspect envy against Obama since most of these people failed in their presidential bids. There is a lot of envy from some of these people that Obama is president. The little thinkers like Lieberman can't even conceal their outright envy, otherwise how can anyone explain the way Lieberman has voted as of recent when he could have voted otherwise if it was another president??
    It's sad what American has become. Too much hating!

    November 5, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Mack

    Wrong again Rudy. Nobody owns the movement. If you greedy politicians weren't in bed with wall street there would be no need for this movement.

    November 5, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. xian

    ooh, ACORN. Ooga booga!

    November 5, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is no way that Obama owns this. The protest was a long time coming. People are tired of oppertunity slipping away because there are fewer people who control the money in this country. I would like to see these people contribute some serious money to charities or pay off some of the government debt that we have.

    If money equals political speech, then there are many people who have none and a few people who have a huge amount that don't care about the many who don't have anything.

    November 5, 2011 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. James

    A day without Obama is always a Great Day in my life–

    November 5, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  11. Remember Remember the Fifth of November!

    You Mr. G, are an idiot, a coporate shill, and a has been. You speak nothing but the hot air left over from too much drinking of the right wing's mix of kool aid and merlot.

    November 5, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  12. Return of the Robber Baron's

    Like the 1800's, Corporate America owns the politicians (who set the rules for them). If you are a working college student, you HAVE paid more in federal income taxes in your FIRST paycheck then the likes of GE, Wells Fargo etc. have paid in the past 3 years ! Yes 30 Fortune 500 companies paid zip – despite their 160 Billion in profit during the past 3years.

    Oh, like the Robber Barons of old – no need for 'government' regulations. "just trust us". Yea, that worked out real well with the bankers and mortgages didn't it?? Lol.

    November 6, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. Jane

    Yes, same song second verse. Blame Obama for everything.

    November 6, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. tanner

    Actually most OWS protesters have claimed neither. Should never use words like "all". It simply generalizes people and you can't say that this group of people believes everything the same way or views everything the same way. "Some" and "Most" are better words to use when addressing a group/class/race/nation. Remember "All" Americans are (insert comment).

    November 6, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. The Prince of Common Cents

    "I believe this will be the millstone around Barack Obama's neck that will take his presidency down," Giuliani said.

    Bwahahaha! (Now that was funny, Uncle Rudy!)

    I predict that the Obama administration will embrace the OWS Movement with open arms and it will INSURE a re-election victory in 2012...

    November 6, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  16. roro

    The Republican party, the Tea Party, the wealthy, and all the big corporations are the ones who have been responsible for class warfare for decades, ever since Reagan talked about trickle down economics and fired all the members of the air traffic controllers union. Since then, the Republicans have been waging war on unions, women, and the middle class. And now they're also waging war on our economy so they can do as the turtle said, which is that their main goal is to make Obama a one-term president even if it brings our country to its knees. Republicans = class warfare.

    November 6, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  17. T in Dallas

    Didn't we already tell Rooty Tooty to go suck on an egg? Go sit on the short bus with Palin!

    November 6, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  18. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Giuliani is an obsolute idiot. The 99% are tired of the GOP pretending to make true efforts of putting people back to work. The 99% are sick and tired of GOP taking care of the 1% and neglicting the 99%. And Giuliani we are sick and tired of you.

    November 6, 2011 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  19. thomas

    And former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani owns the responsibility for corruption on Wall street !

    Rudy the has been !

    November 6, 2011 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  20. encore

    that"s right u nut President Obama is on our side. We will defeact u demons. vote Obama 2012

    November 6, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  21. Real Patriot

    Just another TeaPublican who has his head so far up into a dark recess that he can't see the truth. Occupy is responding to the economic injustices created mainly by the decisions made by the Bush administration.

    1. Deregulate-let Wall Street do whatever they want to do to make millions for investors even if it risks the health the the nation's economy

    2. Fight two wars that cost billions of dollars WHILE cutting taxes, the benefit of which went overwhelmingly to the top 1% at the expense of the 99%.

    Some day maybe the Teapublicans will pull their heads out of that dark place and admit the truth....Naaaahhhh-no chance...

    November 6, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  22. no1atall

    "And it's going to get worse" funny, just weeks ago the OWS protesters were a "joke" to the right wing. Now ominous sounding threats...

    November 6, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. Jean

    It's pretty obvious, isn't it, that there are problems with how the world economy is working? The Occupy movement, which is going on worldwide, is highlighting that fact. I hope it does grow and that it helps lead to reform. The specifics will take a while to gel; that's okay.

    November 6, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  24. disgustedcitizen

    This guy is so full of himself!!!! Who cares what he says or thinks? He is an ex-mayor with no hope of being anything more in the future. So just shut the $#@* up!

    November 6, 2011 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  25. s kel

    Giuliani said that??? The sleazy coward who cheated on his wife said that??? What is there now a tea party school for parrott sayings ie: duhh da liberials socialist communist hippies are doing class warfare...duhhhhh" than they send the pea brain demons out to repeat that. How sad and stupid tea baggers are.

    November 6, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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