Giuliani Cares More About the Yankees Than 9/11 Victims
Either the Republican base is blind, deaf and dumb (a real possiblity) or they are just so disenchanted with all their choices for '08 that nothing phases them. I think it's utterly bizarre how Giuliani has managed to stay on top of national GOP polls and many state primary polls in light of the revelations of recent weeks.
First, he claims he was basically a 9/11 worker himself because he spend "just as much time at Ground Zero if not more" than the average 9/11 worker.
Then the serial exaggerator was called out on his bullshit by the New York Times when they revealed that he actually only spent 29 hours total at Ground Zero in the weeks and months after the September 11th attacks.
Now Salon.com has one-upped them by calculating the amount of time the former Mayor spent cheering his beloved New York Yankees (who were on a successful playoff run at the time and made it to the 2001 World Series) in comparison to the time he spent "working" at Ground Zero. Here's what they found:
The results were, considering the mayor's long-standing devotion to the Bronx Bombers, unsurprising. By our count, Giuliani spent about 58 hours at Yankees games or flying to them in the 40 days between Sept. 25 and Nov. 4, roughly twice as long as he spent at ground zero in the 60 days between Sept. 17 and Dec. 16. By his own standard, Giuliani was one of the Yankees more than he was one of the rescue workers.
During three postseason playoff series that began Oct. 10, 2001, and ended Nov. 4, 2001, Giuliani attended every one of the team's home games, with the possible exception of the third game of the American League Championship Series, for which Salon could not confirm his attendance. According to Salon's arithmetic, Giuliani spent about 33 hours in stadiums -- this includes two World Series games he watched in Phoenix -- during the Yankees' 2001 postseason run, four hours more than he spent at ground zero. (We do not know if he stayed for every pitch, but famed baseball writer Roger Angell described Giuliani in the the New Yorker as a "devout Yankee fan, a guy who stays on until the end of the game.")