He was running ahead of schedule on Sunday afternoon and so, suddenly, Rudy Giuliani's SUV pulled into the parking lot at the Wal-Mart in Boone, Iowa. It was time for a shop-op.
Wearing a white shirt, red tie and dark slacks, the former New York mayor quickly began prowling the aisles. His first stop was the small book section. He was looking for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's book. "There's a passage in it I'm looking for."
The book wasn't in stock, but there were many aisles to explore and the mayor, trailed by former solicitor general Ted Olson and several aides, spent the next 20 minutes cruising the store in search of power bars, DVDs, golf equipment, and a behind-the-scenes look at the store's loading dock.
He emerged with two boxes of Nature Valley bars -- "They're good for a quick breakfast," he said, and then pointing to the logo on the box, added, "Recommended by the PGA." He also bought a junior size football for his staff and him to play with on his airplane. He paid clerk Kristy Woodlund $17.66 at the checkout counter.
Along the way he mused about whether the Yankee's Alex Rodriguez would ever break the major league home run record (yes, if he stays healthy), explained how he landed in Des Moines just 50 minutes the 8 a.m. debate in Des Moines and talked about his support for big box stores in Manhattan.
"I always liked big box stores," he said. "I think they bring the prices down. But you dont really want to ask me political questions."
It was all captured on video by Time magazine's Mark Halperin, who has posted parts of it on YouTube.
Asked about his golf game, he replied, "I wouldn't get too excited about how great I am at it, but I really enjoy it. It's a great way to relax."
Where does he get the time? "I squeeze it in whenever I can, which means I don't get a great deal of time to play and therefore I have it as an excuse. Whenever I don't play well I can say, I don't play enough. It's a great excuse."
-- Dan Balz
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