Romney peddles persistent right-wing myth that Obama went on a global apology tour for America

At last night’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney repeated the popular but patently bogus right-wing claim that President Obama has gone “around the world and apologized for America.”

PolitiFact has given Romney’s preposterous contention its dreaded PANTS-ON-FIRE rating:

On the substance of Romney’s charge, we believe that what we wrote in March 2010 still stands. While Obama’s speeches contained some criticisms of past U.S. actions, those passages were typically leavened by praise for the United States and its ideals, and he frequently mentioned how other countries have erred as well. We found not a single, full-throated apology in the bunch. And on the new angle Romney has added — that the trips were intended to offer the president a forum to apologize to other countries — we think it’s a ridiculous charge. There’s a clear difference between changing policies and apologizing, and Obama didn’t do the latter. So we rate Romney’s statement Pants on Fire

UPDATE: Another falsehood peddled by Romney is cited HERE:

Romney: Obama “addressed the United Nations in his inaugural address and chastised our friend, Israel, for building settlements, and said nothing about Hamas launching thousands of rockets into Israel.”

The Facts: President Obama in his 2009 address to the U.N. General Assembly by no means ignored the plight of Israelis.

Describing those who pay the “greatest price” for the conflict, Mr. Obama spoke of an Israeli girl in the town of Sderot “who closes her eyes in fear that a rocket will take her life in the middle of the night.” Sderot borders the Gaza Strip and has been the target of hundreds of rockets fired into Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

In the 2009 speech, President Obama also did reject the “legitimacy” of Israeli settlement construction in lands the Palestinians want for their state, but those terms are largely reflective of American thinking over the last three-and-a-half decades. The Obama administration later vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israel for the policy.





  1. Over two years old…but worth re-reading…



    “Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe. In Prague, he said America has “a moral responsibility to act” on arms control because only the U.S. had “used a nuclear weapon.” In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy” — as if that were a bad thing. And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not “pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors” because we “failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”


    There is something ungracious in Mr. Obama criticizing his predecessors, including most recently John F. Kennedy. (“I’m grateful that President [Daniel] Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old,” Mr. Obama said after the Nicaraguan delivered a 52-minute anti-American tirade that touched on the Bay of Pigs.) Mr. Obama acts as if no past president — except maybe Abraham Lincoln — possesses his wisdom.

    Mr. Obama was asked in Europe if he believes in American exceptionalism. He said he did — in the same way that “the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.” That’s another way of saying, “No.”

  2. Neftali: That crap from the Wall Street Journal is just part and parcel of its never-ending campaign to impugn Obama’s patriotism.

    None of those statements the Journal quotes is untrue. But to hear these right-wing loonies tell it, no American president should ever be frank and honest in his discussions of American foreign policy, past and present.

    The irony in all of this is that most of the pseudo-patriotic critics of Obama in this regard, especially the Tea Party gang, have far less knowledge than he does on matters of foreign policy and history.

    I would suggest to you, Neftali, that you read the entirety of PolitiFact’s rejection of Romney’s slander.

  3. Something tells me you have a picture of Jane Fonda in your office Pat. Not everything has the “Pat Cunningham deeper meaning” This guy has apoligized for the U.S. Repeatedly. Don’t try to spin it into something its not. Bow to the prince. Really? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t done anything that I need to apologize to the world for. If you do, then you’re backing the right guy.
    When you get back to me on this…try…even though it may hurt…not to mention creationisim or Clinton. You need some new material….

  4. Oh yea…I forgot to mention Mr O’s wife not being very proud of her country. I suppose that was taken out of context as well……

  5. Poor Ed! He’s a Birther. He doesn’t believe in evolution. He has wacky theories about Bill Clinton leaving a trail of dead bodies wherever he went. And now he’s pretending to be more patriotic than the president of the United States.

    He should try reading the piece from PolitiFact. I say “try” because the big words might stump him.

    Oh, and I’m surprised that Ed is defending Romney. I figured he’d be a Perry guy all the way. You know, anti-science and all of that.

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