The Giuliani Pass
Dear Mayor Nagin,
After watching your interview with Eric Paulsen, I have a few comments you need to hear from someone like myself. However, before I go into all that, let me say that Mr. Paulsen’s interview must have felt like a velvet glove. I’m quite disappointed in Eric’s performance given what he told me personally was his personal agenda in interviewing you. I guess passions cooled and he’s decided he wanted continued access to your office.
Now on to your specific comments.
First, you mention that your detractors and political enemies were plotting against you and looking to make hay from your performance of late. I guess you’ve so little good news to share that you have decided to deliver to us the obvious; however, you failed to mention those of us who supported you pre-Katrina and would have supported you again. We are the ones who put you in office, not your enemies and detractors, yet you seem incapable of acknowledging the fact that WE are upset with your leadership.
Perhaps, the strain is a little more than you’re capable of handling.
Second, your latest talking point appears to be that we must all come together in order to get what we want. That's true, however, where does it state that we have to allow you to lead us toward our newfound togetherness? Are you arrogant enough to believe you are the only one who is capable of this task? That question was rhetorical, by the way.
Finally, you mention that you aren't getting "the Giuliani Pass", which I take it you mean to say, "Unceasing praise and glory heaped upon your person without anyone questioning your leadership." True, as you said, the scope of this disaster far exceeded the WTC attacks, and this is the nation's greatest single natural catastrophe; however, your response, both before and afterwards, do not warrant in this writer's opinion any sort of praise, much less a "pass" of any type. The 9/11 attacks weren't something anyone could have planned for, unlike a hurricane.
Mayor Nagin, please for your sake and ours start admitting your specific mistakes and how you plan to rectify them, and stop with the paranoia.