Caught this snippet of Mayor Giuliani's commencement address to law students in Boston. (It apparently went more smoothly than ceremonies at the New School.)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani couldn't resist a quip about the New York Yankees when he spoke at Suffolk Law School commencement in Boston.
Then he told the future lawyers what he learned as a federal prosecutor.
"You have to know what you stand for. You have to have a set of principles," Giuliani said. "If you don't know what you stand for, you cannot lead other people."
The two-term mayor said he learned how to lead by copying other leaders: President Ronald Reagan, football coach Vince Lombardi and Lloyd McMahon, a judge he clerked for as a young lawyer.
Giuliani, considered a potential 2008 Republican candidate for president, recalled looking up at the World Trade Centers on Sept. 11, 2001 and seeing human being jumping from the 100th floor.
"I said to myself, 'We're not prepared for this. We don't have a plan for this,"' Giuliani said. "We had all of these plans, 20, 25 emergency plans. But we didn't have one for airplanes being uses as missiles attacking our buildings."
That day Giuliani leaned on the sage advice of Lloyd. The judge had told him to prepare for everything he could think of, and then he would be prepared for anything.