Tennessee Ernie Ford
BACKGROUND INFO: Max Boot's opinion-editorial appeared in our local newspaper on May 8, 2018, under the heading "The long, disappointing fall of Rudy Giuliani". Here is the link to the particular newspaper column.
Other takes on Giuliani's statements about the Presidents' legal and personal imbroglios are given by Jennifer Rubin here, and Amy Sorkin here. However, this first part of the song deals with the more positive earlier portion of this flamboyant leaders' life-story.
The BALLAD of GIULIANI, part#1
Born in East Flatbush, down in NYC,
Dad done time in Sing Sing for robbery,
An' Rudy volunteered for Robert Kennedy.
Voice of those wild Trump Years!
At Manhattan College, took philosophy.
Enter the priesthood? "No, that's not for me!"
Studied Law at New York University,
To graduate cum laude with J.D. degree.
Startin' up his career.
To prosecute felons gave him a thrill.
Though tactics like the 'perp walk' were 'overkill'
As U.S. Attorney he showed great skill.
His record of convictions is unequalled still.
Outshone his legal peers.
He fought single-handed through the Mafia Wars.
Racketeering mobsters he did abhor.
Put their capos behind bars, and settled the score,
And RICOed* inside traders, and convicted more.
Fearless Rudy launchin'
His politickin' career.
Two terms as Mayor start in '93.
First Repub. in office there since John Lindsay.
Libs felt queezy with the GOP, but he
Cleaned the streets, cut crime, and folks said "That's for me!"
The Big Apple's brigadier.
He craved a Senate seat; to lose was gall.
'Specially to Hillary, he'd hate to fall.
But marital scandal, and a doctor's call,
And bad race relations triggered his withdrawal.
Back in the Mayor's chair.
Rudy was the guy in charge when Towers fell.
At Ground Zero visited and stayed a spell.
Folks felt he handled the disaster well,
And was honored by the Queen as I've heard tell.
EDITORIAL NOTE: Stay tuned! Part 2 of this ballad will appear shortly (October, 2019).