Giuliani, Cheesesteaks, Vento And The Media Blitz
Which is well and good. He didn't publicly embarass himself on Fox News. Just seemed like your typical ornery South Philly grandpa (which is a good thing). However, he came off a bit worse for the wear when The New Republic stopped by Geno's (yes, really):
A born showman, Vento mugged for the cameras all the while. He told a reporter that Mexicans carry disease into the U.S. because they "play and drink out of the same water." [...] In interviews, Vento has maintained that his own ancestors were disadvantaged because no one ever forced them to learn English on arrival from Italy. A veteran big-city pol like Giuliani might well have admired his ability to waltz from white ethnic griping to high-minded public policy reasoning. A little staff work, though, ought to have demonstrated that Vento was more than just another simple restaurateur with his mind helpfully focused on integrating non-English speaking immigrants into the modern U.S. economy. They might, for instance, have simply checked out his arm, which has a tattoo of the confederate flag. Vento says it's an homage to the old cartoon character Johnny Yuma, the rebel. He must have liked that show a lot, because he also had the flag on several of the Harley-Davidsons he keeps across the street from his restaurant.
Countdown to obligatory media outrage in 5...4...3...2...
Rudy's Man In Philly Hearts Confederate Flag [Talking Points Memo]
How Rudy Made an Immigrant-Bashing Cheesesteak Stop [The New Republic]
Joey Vento on Fox News [YouTube]
Geno's Steaks [MenuPages]
Geno's Steaks [Official Site]