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Friday, 4 January, 2002, 18:34 GMT
Your farewell message to Rudolph Giuliani
Monday 31st December, 2001 was Rudolph Giuliani's last day as mayor of New York City.
Mr Giuliani won worldwide praise for his leadership during and following the 11 September attacks.
His eight-year tenure as mayor was often mired in controversy, especially over his tough "zero tolerance" stance on crime.
Before 11 September his popularity was reaching an all-time low and US newspapers were full of details about his complicated personal life.
But his handling of the September crisis turned him into perhaps the most popular political figure in the country.
What is your farewell message to Rudolph Giuliani? What do you think of his job as mayor? What does his political future hold?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
You gave us our pride and our courage back. Bona fortuna, your honor.
Guilherme Stocchero, Brazil
I can't tell you the number of times I have heard people here say some variation of the following: "Rudy was great after Sept. 11; if you're going to have a fascist dictator, that was the time for it." He came through in our moment of crisis, but 8 years of divisiveness, hypocrisy and insenstivity cannot be erased. I can't believe Giuliani deserves the credit he is given for making NYC "safe." Crime went down everywhere in America during these years-- and most cities did it without allegations of police brutality. I also can't forget the insane uproar he made over the "Sensation" exhibit - nearly closing a public museum! I won't miss him a bit.
Yes I believe Rudy has done a remarkable job in bringing calm and morality to a city which has been in turmoil since september 11th,well done sir, may we show appreciation to the emergency services who were also heros and an inspiration to us all
Rudy initially did an outstanding job following sep 11. He then blew it with a unfeeling attitude towards NY's hero's the Fire fighters when scaling down the clearance operation and the contemptuous rejection of $10m dollars from a Saudi Prince for the victims.
Jeannine, Chicago, USA
I'll say this, Giuliani has now set a new standard for all future mayors, govenors and presidents to be compared to instead of muck raking that usually goes along with the election process in the US.
Jonathan Michaud, US
It's really quite easy to be popular and do a good job when suddenly you find everyone agrees with you on an issue which overshadows all else. How many leaders have failed to be lauded in a similar situation? My lasting impression of Rudy will be of someone who was intransigently blind to the idea that the US is ever at fault - that was inexcusable, no matter how difficult the period was for the American people. The last 50 years have been pretty tricky for the Palestinian people, but I didn't hear him speaking up for them.
Ryan, NYC, USA
Your recent elevation to "hero" status doesn't mean you (or the NYPD) are forgiven for what happened to Abner Louima or Amadou Diallo.
Overrated Man of the Year? He has my vote.
He turned down $10 million in aid after 11 September - what a guy! The reason? The donator, a Saudi prince had the audacity to suggest that the US should "reconsider its polices in the Middle East and adopt a more balanced stance toward the Palestinians." Imagine that! Imagine asking the US to consider that it may be partially to blame due to its one-sided foreign policies - unbelievable. Nice one Rudy!
11 September has caused people to unite which is good. It has also caused some lies to overshadow obvious truths. Rudy is still a dictator.
A sad tragedy makes heroes of people rather than thanking them for the job they are supposed to do. The real heroes are the firefighters of New York who risk their lives to save others - has Rudy done anything to appreciate their sacrifice - no! I bet Rudy would like the next twin towers named after him.
My friend and I went to New York about three years ago - what a wonderful city! We felt so safe and free to be ourselves. I think Rudy Giuliani has done a brilliant job in bringing the citizens of New York together and giving them the pride back to make the city great again.
He may have shown initiative during the aftermath of 11 September but his attitude towards ethnic minorities and under-developed countries stinks. He does not deserve the Time Magazine personality title.
Kevin O'Day, USA
You did a remarkable job and showed the whole world what politicians should be. May God bless you forever.
Rudy, thank you very much. You have done a great job.
I can only compare what Rudy did, in terms of setting an example, to the way that Roosevelt or Churchill united the battered citizens to get through the aftermath of a situation that would have paralysed most people. God bless him and all the people who found the strength to carry on. My heart goes out to them.
I am a proud New Yorker. I was working in mid-town that horrible day. I weep as I write this at the memory of the day. To see military planes over my city was mind boggling. In my life I have never been prouder of the way Rudy took control and saved us all. His leadership and grace through those first moments, hours, days held all of us together. Thank you Rudy.
You have been hailed has a great American since the aftermath of the World Trade Centre collapse. Most people have now forgotten your police's attitude with the ethnic minorities of your city.
Yahya Kaloko, United States
We have just returned from New York today...it was safe enough to take our seven year old daughter round during the day and at night. That's more than can be said for where we live in Nottingham. That is the testament to what Mayor Giuliani has achieved.
Judy Lessiter, Canada
Good luck in your retirement. You are remarkable in that in a time of absolute crisis you kept everything going and your lack of panic had the most amazing reassuring affect on people all over the world who were in a state of shock over 11 September.
Rudy's reaction to 11 September was everything New York city and the US wants from any politician. It's rare when you see one of 'them' act and react in a way that truly represents what the people want. He did this and so did our president. I wish we could feel this way about all of our government leaders.
Rudy Giuliani was a beacon of strength to New York City and the nation after the 11 September attacks. He was there for the families who lost loved ones and showed great support for the rescue workers. He won my heart when he refused to accept $10 million charity from an Arab sheik who criticised US foreign policy at such a horrible time for Americans. In other words, he practised what he preached. Long live Rudy!
I thought he was great before 11 September. He managed to get things done and I just wish we had somebody in our government who I could respect as much as this man. Blair is arrogant and an egotist, Bush is dim and dangerous but Rudy is a true leader and I wish him success in his next job. Does he fancy running for Parliament over here?
While working in New Jersey some years ago, I had to visit New York city on business. I was told to take a wallet with just a few dollars in it so that when robbed I would not lose too much. Thanks to him, that has changed.
Rudy, you have done a really fantastic job as mayor for the past eight years, and your strength, leadership and just being there after the events of 11 September served as a beacon of hope amid the darkness. I bid you a fond and tearful farewell.
He has cleaned up one of the world's dirtiest cities, cracked down on crime (yes, zero tolerance is good) and proved to be a real leader after the events of 11 September - too right that New York should be sad to see him go. London is in a real mess so Ken Livingstone should sit up and take note; he could learn a lot from Rudolph...
I think he did an excellent job after 11 September going above and beyond the call of duty. As far as his performance before the attacks...three cheers for him - the evil, conservative Republican - who believed like a lot of us that people should take responsibility for their actions, that the government is not the savior of us all and that this country has been run long enough under the "tyranny of the oppressed"!
Rudy, you are the best mayor we ever had. You created jobs where there were none, cracked down on crime to a record low, and cleaned up one of the dirtiest cities. In all you made it safe and secure for all the people who live and visit New York City. I can only hope Rudy runs again for mayor four years from now.
John Litwinski, Boston, Mass., USA
What is all the fuss about? Time Magazine "Man of the Year"? I think not.
Rudy did a fine job concerning 11 September, but it was the job he was supposed to do. He remains a conservative Republican willing to overlook, even take away the civil rights of citizens to "clean-up" New York.
Don't let this one situation fool you into thinking he's changed his spots.
Next Governor? A presidential bid? He better strike while the iron's hot.
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