This will be my second article for BrooWaha, New York Edition. It’s currently in the editing stage and of course being showcased first (before it’s published) on my website for you to enjoy, or not… of course your comments are always welcome.
Presidential politics, New York style
by Robert Amoroso, March 13, 2007
It seems that “the games have begun”. What was once considered political suicide; campaigning to early…is now becoming an accepted practice. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are in full swing, and if projections hold true , New York it seems will have the distinction of having two presidential candidates from the same state, on opposite sides of the political spectrum, not to mention political parties.
And while it’s still too early to predict the final outcome, of who will become president, New York City is almost assured of having the next Commander and Chief. It seems ironic and almost fitting when one thinks of the devastation that took place to this city, on September 11th that it would once again claim its rightful place on the world stage and be the home state of its next leader.
Presidential politics, New York style, may at times be brash, and a bit rough around the edges, however it’s never dull.
When we think of “star power” who better then Senator Hillary Clinton, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, “America’s Mayor”? Of course there are other contenders for the prize, and some may have a slight glitter to them, but “star power”? Not likely.
Like this incredible city both Hillary and Rudy are major leaguers, when it comes to the art of politics, and make no mistake both are formidable opponents.
It truly doesn’t get any better then this, both have a hardcore following, both are lighting rods for the opposition and both have their own personal issues to deal with…it’s a political match made in heaven.
Hillary has been an international political figure for well over a decade, after President Clinton left office, she wisely chose the “Big Apple” as her adopted home state, to launch her political career. Of course New York being the “melting pot” of the world quickly embraced her, as one of their own, and on November 7th 2000, she was elected to the United States Senate, as the “Junior Senator” from New York, where she as served the interests of the people of New York, well.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani (a native New Yorker), took a city in despair under a previous administration, and within three short years turned this city around. Street crime was reduced dramatically, and the cities economy once again flourished, and for almost eight years New York City was the envy of almost every municipality and city government within the country.
Then on a bright sunny morning in September of 2001, everything changed. Without warning or provocation, America was attacked, and not since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, had America felt so vulnerable. As the heart of a nation bled, carnage and confusion rained down on a city that buckled but never fell…bowed, bloody and bruised she refused to quit.
On that day one man walked among the rubble towards an inferno that was the World Trade Center. His face smudged by ash and soot, his mouth covered with a stark white mask that protected him from the smoke and toxic fumes that bellowed around him.
His command and communications all but gone, and his senior emergency team lost, he forged ahead, improvising as he went along, setting up a makeshift command post in a deserted firehouse a few blocks away from what would forever be known as “Ground Zero”, and using whatever technology available to communicate with a frightened and bewildered city…he pulled this town together by sheer will and courage and kept a nation calm.
Leadership that day had a new face and a new name Rudy Giuliani…and today this great and beautiful lady (New York City) is once again back where she belongs on top…and if the Gods prevail, two political heavyweights will match their skills against one another, and this town with its own unique magic will once again be the backdrop for another media show, that no city can rival. Yes its gong to be a great political match, New York style.