I love little pop-the-righteous-balloon stories like this one.
On Friday, a New York Times story examined Rudy Giuliani’s schedule in the months after 9/11 to verify his controversial claim that, like rescue workers, he’d spent long hours at ground zero, and so was “in that sense … one of them.” In fact, the Times found, he only spent 29 hours at the terror site between Sept. 17 and Dec. 16.
What was he doing instead? Giuliani’s beloved New York Yankees made it to the World Series in 2001. We decided to compare the time he spent on baseball to the time he spent at the ruins of the World Trade Center.
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.
Considering that he is running for president, an office that under George Bush has come to mean spending as much time on vacation as is possible, he might just be a shoo-in.