The forgotten

January 8, 2010 1:38:20 PM PST
It was a nice sound bite, a quick response from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Good Morning America today.

"We had no domestic attacks under Bush - we've had one under Obama."

Strange how the man who transformed his reputation because of Sept. 11, and who staked his business, financial and political future on how he responded on that day and in the weeks that followed, would forget about the attack that so changed his fortunes.

A Giuliani spokesman later said the remark "didn't come across as it was intended" - but the proverbial cat was out of the bag.

The one attack under Obama was a reference to the Ft. Hood massacre. He was not including, for some reason, the attempted bombing this past Christmas Day, or the "shoe bomber" Richard Reid's attempt to blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, which was under Mr. Bush.

There are some obvious other acts of terrorism, under Bush, that the former Mayor also seems to be ignoring.

Remember the Egyptian national who shot and killed two Israelis at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International in 2002?

Or the anthrax attacks that killed five people in 2001?

There are some, including the jurors who convicted him, who say that John Allen Muhammed's sniper killings of 10 people in 2002 were acts of terrorism.

You'll hear the former Mayor's statement - and how he explained it later in the day, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, a big development that many think took too long to come about in the death of Michael Jackson. The L.A. District Attorney is now reportedly seeking an involuntary manslaughter indictment against Jackson's doctor. Dr. Conrad Murray was caring for Jackson when he died - and reportedly gave him the dose of drugs that did him in.

And our Joe Torres has a story that is so New York - and it's some good news for folks in the Bronx.

One man in that borough did a little research, and became convinced that some neighborhoods didn't need street sweeping twice a week; once a week would be just fine, thankyouverymuch.

The real story is that it means alternate side of the street parking rules will be in effect only once a week - and that's joyous news to all those folks who have to set their alarm clocks to make sure they move their street-parked cars.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER


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