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.