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article imageOn the Gates controversy, Giuliani tells Obama to 'Shut up'

By Michael Krebs     Jul 31, 2009 in Politics
Speaking out on Hannity, Rudy Giuliani asserts that the 'teachable moment' in the Obama-Gates controversy is for Obama and Gates to 'shut up.'
When Henry Louis Gates was confronted by Sergeant Crowley and the other police officers responding to the 911 call of a break-in at the Mr. Gates' home, he should have kept his mouth shut - and when President Obama was asked about the confrontation and the arrest that followed, Obama should not have said a word. This is the advice of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani, who appears to be circulating among the media as a spokesperson for the Republican Party, made the remarks on Fox News' Hannity program.
In response to Hannity's question on whether or not President Obama is correct in his assessment that this is a "teachable moment, Giuliani said, "He's actually right. It is teachable. Here's the lesson: Shut up."
Giuliani also offered advice to Mr. Gates, saying that when a police officer asks you questions, "you don't insult them."
As the mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani supported the police department consistently and would later use the events of September 11 and his interaction with the police and fire department as a springboard for his Republican presidential candidacy.
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