Romney and friends persist in blatant falsehood that Obama has apologized for America

Almost from the get-go of his presidential candidacy, Mitt Romney has been peddling the fiction that Barack Obama has repeatedly apologized for America to the rest of the world.

Romney and others of his ilk have frequently referred to Obama’s “apology tour,” which is utter nonsense.

The Washington Post’s fact checker has given such crapola  “four Pinocchios,” adding this:  “Take it from us: The apology tour never happened.”

PolitiFact.com has given it a “Pants on Fire” rating, adding this: “We found not a single, full-throated apology…It’s a ridiculous charge.”

Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post has said THIS:

Obama “went around the Middle East and apologized for America,” Romney said in March. “You know, instead of apologizing for America he should have stood up and said that as the president of the United States we all take credit for the greatness of this country.” That’s two lies for the price of one. Obama did not, in fact, go around the Middle East, or anywhere else, apologizing for America. And he did, on many occasions, trumpet American greatness and exceptionalism.

Romney offers few specifics, but the conservative Heritage Foundation published a list of “Barack Obama’s Top 10 Apologies” — not one of which is an apology at all.

One alleged instance is a speech Obama gave to the Turkish parliament in 2009, in which he said the United States “is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history . . . [and] still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.” If the folks at Heritage and at the Romney campaign don’t know that this is a simple statement of fact, they really ought to get out more.

Romney does single out the following Obama statement from a 2009 interview: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Romney says this acknowledgment — that others might have as much national pride as we do — means Obama doesn’t really believe in American exceptionalism at all.

But in the same interview, Obama went on to say he was “enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world,” and to tout U.S. economic and military might as well as the nation’s “exceptional” democratic values. So he should be accused of chest-thumping, not groveling.

But none of this has dissuaded Romney and his surrogates from persisting with the “apology” rap against Obama. And, of course, they’re all at with a vengeance this week in light of the troubles in the Middle East.

HERE‘s Zack Beauchamp’s response to this prevarication:

Obama also “has not made” apologizing for America a centerpoint of his foreign policy, nor has he shirked from using military force and coercion in foreign policy. The president helped lead a coalition to topple Muammer Qaddafi, greatly expanded the controversial use of drones and special forces against al-Qaeda in several countries around the world, escalated the ground war in Afghanistan, and brought down significant international pressure on the Iranian nuclear program.

Neither the President nor the Secretary of State approved the supposedly apologetic statement from the Cairo Embassy condemning the anti-Islam movie that may have infuriated the mobs in both Egypt and Libya. The reaction was issued before the attacks began and closely echoed Romney’s own sentiment. As his campaign said in talking points on Wednesday, “Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.”



  1. Mitt must have the worst political advisers ever to grace a presidential candidate. Rather than come to grips with his misspeak his lamebrain trust now wants to rationalize his damaging statements because they just have to go against the grain of the President. Nothing new of course because the GOP’s duty is to make the President look bad regardless of any progress or success. They’re just evil greedy narcissistic hacks.

  2. Oh yes, and our Democratic friends are practically saints. No ego, no money saints I tell ya.

  3. The Washington Post and Eugene Robinson. That’s the place to get an unbiased opinion. Yeah, right. Plus Obama never seems to have learned the adage that says: One can delegate authority but not responsibility. Of course, this president will throw anyone under the bus, including his own grandmother. Loser.

  4. Ah! expdoc and alipax have responded to this post with brilliant comments.

    But, alas! Neither of these geniuses have even tried to provide evidence supporting the lies from Romney about Obama’s so-called apologies for America.

  5. C’mon Patty, you know the game. I may or may not respond to your posts, just as you may or may not respond to mine.

    I have 2 questions for you though.

    Why do they still hate us?

    Why was our embassy so poorly protected on a known date of significance in a country that is known as a terrorist strong hold?

  6. You are right I didn’t see “I am sorry” or “I apologize” in any of these quotes.

  7. Wilson: Your characterization of that crap from the Heritage Foundation is correct. None of that stuff is an apology.

    For real apologies, try this stuff:


  8. By the way, Wilson, what do you think of the apologies made with bullets and drones to Osama bin Laden and numerous other al-Qaida leaders during the Obama presidency?

    So much for the wingnut theory that Obama is a terrorist-loving Muslim, right?

    I eagerly await your pin-headed reply to those questions.

  9. Gee Charlie, I was agreeing with you, providing more fodder.

    Remember “Ed: I defy you to show me evidence that Obama ever used the phrase “The arrogance of the United States.”

    That was true, but he did say this; “America has shown arrogance”

    I am just grateful President Obama is on top of all the chaos in the Middle East of wait he couldn’t take questions because he had an important engagement in Vegas.

    The Obama administration is denying the Independent’s report that it had warnings of possible attacks on diplomatic installations in the Middle East, but failed to act. Steve and I both wrote about the Independent story. Now Politico reports that the Obama administration indignantly denies the Independent report.

    Only, if you look more closely, it isn’t much of a denial. Here is what the administration says about the claim that it had warnings of possible attacks:

    Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, emailed: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

    Of course, the Independent story didn’t say that the Obama administration had “actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.” It said that “the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted,” but did nothing to step up security. The administration’s denial does not contradict the Independent’s statement, and the fact that the denial is phrased so narrowly suggests that the Independent’s report is, in fact, accurate.”


  10. oh typos for Charlie to lambaste, as he does oh not of.
    Go for it Pat!

    Remember what do these 3 numbers represent?

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