September 8, 2007
Giuliani’s Ground Zero Legacy
By GAIL COLLINS
Rudy Giuliani is going to be at ground zero next week, taking part in ceremonies to remember the victims of Sept. 11. That was inevitable – the man has so identified himself with 9/11 that it’s amazing he hasn’t tried to patent it.
It’s also a terrible idea.
After the attacks, Giuliani did his best work in front of a microphone, speaking simply and honestly to the city and the nation. Ground zero, on the other hand, is the site of his worst failure.
That’s saying a great deal when you consider that this is the man whose crack plan for disaster response involved building the city emergency command center in one of the towers of the best-known terrorist targets in the nation.