Update: One of the top political lies of the year was the whopper about Obama’s “apology tour”
Yesterday, I told you HERE that Mitt Romney has won PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year award for his bogus rhetoric about Jeep moving its U.S. production operations to China.
I failed to note, however, that PolitiFact’s list of 10 finalists for the top award included THIS OTHER WHOPPER from Romney:
The notion that President Barack Obama started his presidency with an “apology tour” is a persistent and false Republican talking point that we have debunked a number of times.
Mitt Romney is sticking to it.
The Republican presidential nominee repeated it during his second debate against Obama at Hofstra University on Oct. 16, 2012, in response to an audience member’s question about the September 2012 Libya attack.
“The president’s policies throughout the Middle East began with an apology tour and pursue a strategy of leading from behind, and this strategy is unraveling before our very eyes,” he said.
We checked Romney’s “apology” attack when he used it at the Republican National Convention and in his 2010 book, “No Apology: The Case for America Greatness.”
The tour, he wrote, is Obama’s way “of signaling to foreign countries and foreign leaders that their dislike for America is something he understands and that is, at least in part, understandable. There are anti-American fires burning all across the globe; President Obama’s words are like kindling to them.”
“In his first nine months in office, President Obama has issued apologies and criticisms of America in speeches in France, England, Turkey, and Cairo; at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the United Nations in New York City. He has apologized for what he deems to be American arrogance, dismissiveness, and derision; for dictating solutions, for acting unilaterally, and for acting without regard for others; for treating other countries as mere proxies, for unjustly interfering in the internal affairs of other nations, and for feeding anti-Muslim sentiments; for committing torture, for dragging our feet on global warming and for selectively promoting democracy.”
Our reviews of Obama’s 2009 foreign travels and speeches showed no such thing. While he criticized past U.S. actions, such as torture practices at Guantanamo, he did not offer one apology.
It’s ridiculous to call Obama’s foreign visits and remarks “an apology tour.” We rate this statement Pants on Fire!