|Originally posted by Lucia
Quite a few people didn't like Giuliani, although many of them would grudgingly admit that he did do a very good job as mayor. (I'm a registered Democrat & voted for him twice.) Post 9-11, I heard some notable person (whose name I can no longer remember lol)
remark that in a way, Giuliani was the ultimate 'alpha' male in personality, and that when faced with tremendous adversity, that aspect of him which irritated people on mundane matters, was exactly what was needed. He kept things together, even though he also was faced with extensive personal loss: many of the uniformed services people who died were people he had personal relationships with. His longterm aide, who was 8 months pregnant, lost her firefighter husband that day.I believe that if it were not for him, wholesale panic would have ensued within the city.
There was a beautiful memorial ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the relatives of people lost at the WTC, which including clerics from every faith they could find, tasteful music performances: Placido Domingo sang 'Ava Maria', & Bette Midler had the entire stadium weeping when she sang her song that begins with 'You never knew you were my hero..(she actually ran off of the field after she sang the song because I suspect she was abt to lose it herself.)There were no speeches of any sort. I think Oprah Winfrey was there and just introduced people as they came on.
One of the ministers (a serious man, not Al Sharpton) who had always been an extreme critic of Giuliani included in his remarks the poem that is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, that includes the famous stanza 'give me you tired, your poor'. The last line of that poem is 'I lift my lamp beside the golden door'. After he finished reading the poem, he paused for a moment, then turned and looked at Giuliani and said 'thank you, Mr. Mayor for keeping that lamp still shining and that door still open today.' Given their relationship, it was probably the greatest compliment that he received. He actually looked like he was going to collapse.