When Rudy Giuliani was 50 minutes late for a speech last Wednesday in
, he was chewed out on the blog of Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen.
“Giuliani and his campaign need to learn some things about campaigning in
,” Yepsen wrote. “Like not being tardy.”
Yepsen reported that neither Giuliani nor his campaign workers gave an explanation as to why the speech, which was to begin at 10:30 a.m., began at 11:20. Some members of the audience were so agitated that they left early.
Last night in suburban
, Giuliani repeated his tardy performance, only this time with more class.
New York City
mayor, arriving again about 50 minutes late, immediately apologized to his audience at the B’nai Israel Congregation in
, and explained the cause of the delay: Lightning had held up his plane in
“I was coming from
, which is Pat Robertson’s university, to a Jewish house of worship,” Giuliani said. “Now if I hit a Catholic church tonight, I’m all set.”
Apparently Washingtonians aren’t as feisty as Iowans, as Giuliani was well received by the predominantly Jewish audience and received rousing applause for his support of
with great affection because of
’s steadfast friendship with the
, and I think Israelis view Americans that way because of our friendship with
,” Giuliani said. “Countries are friends like people are friends.”
Giuliani primarily focused on terrorism and the
, calling the Clinton-ruled ’90s the “decade of denial” for that administration’s lack of focus on terrorism. He also brought up his handling of 9/11 more than a dozen times during his 53-minute speech.