He’s No Coward

Christopher Hayes

I watched Giuliani's speech and bracketing for the moment its tendentiousness and Giuliani's grating lisp, thought it was resonably good. A number of things struck me that I'll elaborate on tomorrow, but I couldn't go to bed without taking a swipe at this section: I remember the days following Sept. 11, when we were no longer Democrats or Republicans, but Americans determined to do all we could to help the victims, to rebuild our city and nation and to disable our enemies. I remember President Bush coming here on Sept. 14, 2001, and lifting the morale of our rescue workers by talking with them and embracing them and staying with them much longer than originally planned. In fact, if you promise to keep it just between us so I don’t get in trouble, it was my opinion that the Secret Service was concerned about the President remaining so long in that area. With buildings still unstable, with fires raging below ground of 2,000 degrees or more, there was good reason for concern. Wow, what a tough guy, this Bush. Courage under fire. Just the sort of guy you'd expect to volunteer to put himself in harm's way to fight for his country in a war he supported.

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Christopher Hayes is the host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. He is an editor at large at the Nation and a former senior editor of In These Times.
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