THE PLANK SEPTEMBER 21, 2007
Rudy Giuliani was on the trans-Atlantic campaign trail Wednesday, schmoozing with conservative idol Margaret Thatcher and bragging about his international credentials.
"I'm probably one of the four or five best known Americans in the world," Giuliani told a small group of reporters at a posh London hotel as onlookers gathered in the lobby to gawk at actor Dustin Hoffman, who was on a separate visit....
But who are the four other best-known Americans?
"Bill Clinton ... Hillary," he said, but he was whisked away for another engagement before he could throw out any other names.
I don't really have much to add to Alex Massie's response to this staggering display of megalomania, except to say that it seems unlikely Giuliani would crack the top 20 or perhaps even 50 most recognized Americans.
In addition to the half-dozen names Alex throws out there, you'd have to go through athletes (Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Tyson, etc., etc.), many more stars and entertainers (Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, and on and on) and probably a handful or two of pop stars, supermodels, and assorted quasicelebrities. (If we're merely talking about fame abroad, Rudy probably can't even beat Rachel DeWoskin.)
Heck, from the AP article, it sounds as though Giuliani was being out-recognized by Dustin Hoffman even as he was giving the quote. Readers are invited to situate Hizzoner at his proper altitude in the celebrity stratosphere in comments.