In Case You’ve Forgotten

During Monday’s Presidential debate on foreign policy, Governor Romney reminded us of President Obama’s apology tour in 2009.  As if I could forget it!  (By the way, that’s President Obama bowing to the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia although the spin was that he tripped…)

Just in case you’ve forgotten, here’s a sampling of our President’s apologies to the world for America.

Just one week after his inauguration, the President chose Arab television, Al Arabiya, to give his first sit-down interview and said “… America was not born as a colonial power,” he told the Arab viewing audience – implying we are now. And he regretfully confessed, “We sometimes make mistakes. We are not perfect.”

At the G-20 Summit in London, he said, “I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world.”

A day later in Strasbourg, he said, “There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”   And further said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”  In other words, no country is truly exceptional.

Apologizing for “certain interrogation practices,” he said in that same speech, “I don’t believe that there is a contradiction between our security and our values.  And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure” implying that we had lost our way.

How about when he spoke in Ankara in April 2009 and said, “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history.”

Then, during the same month, in Trinidad and Tobago, he said, “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

In 2010, the President, apparently embarrassed by our country’s exceptionalism, refused to allow our flag to fly in Haitiafter its horrific earthquake even though France’s, Britain’s andCroatia’s flags flapped in the wind and even though our contributions dwarfed the rest of the world’s.

Then, of course, you have the President in May apologizing to Mexican President Calderon when he said Arizona’s Immigration Law was “a misdirected expression of frustration.”

Also in May, during talks about human rights with China, of all countries, the State Department raised examples of problems on American soil and cited Arizona’s Immigration Law as an example of “racial discrimination.”

Was President Obama apologizing for the U.S. bombing ofHiroshima when he sent the U.S. Ambassador to Japan to the 65th anniversary of the attack in August of 2010, something no other President had ever done?

And, let’s not forget his backing of the Ground Zero mosque, basically apologizing for the 70% of Americans who oppose the building of it at that location.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Ron F

    Of all of the reasons I oppose this Presidency, this is not one of them.  When Governor Romney criticizes how President Obama has handled relationships with Israel, is he apologizing for the United States.  Presidet Obama’s policy is the country’s policy.  I am not sure why sending an Ambassador to Hiroshima on the 65th anniversary of the bombing is an apology. I also do not think backing the Ground Zero mosque is apologizing for the 70% of Americans who opposed building it at that location. Governor Romney has been criticizing President Obama for leading from behind but he gets criticized for taking a position that is contrary to what 70% of Americans want.  We have criticized politicians for making decisions based on what they perceived to be public sentiment.   When a majority of Americans were against the war in Iraq, our side did not criticize President Bush or suggest he was apologizing for the opponents.  President Bush criticized Americans who were against free trade when he was in Mexico.  I don’t remember anyone at the time criticizing him.  Althought I wish President Obama would not have voluntarily made the statements, I agree that we were not born as a colonial power and that we are not perfect and have mistakes. To deny that we made mistakes in foreign policy would be silly.  Maybe that is the reason some of the founders warned against foreign entanglements. United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, who was awarded two Medals of Honor, in his book War is a Racket said: “I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers of in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.” I disagree with President Obama on almost all of his policies but I do not believe that he has apologized for the United States.

    • Wheels55

      Yet, Obama does not stick up for us. He even calls Americans lazy and then gives then lots of food stamps and other welfare. He should start by apologizing for making many of these people lazy.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    If reelected, I suppose he will try to change the national anthem to “I’m sorry” as in Brenda Lee!

  • Wheels55

    While we think Obama just runs his mouth, I think his words are measured. To me, that means he tries to say things in a way that he can walk back from when it suits him. This makes the apology tour all the more troublesome.
    Where is the transparency? I ask that of my liberal friends and they don’t have an answer.

  • Bruce A.

    An apology is also due to the US taxpayers for squandering billions on “shsovel ready jobs” & companies like Solyndra.

    • CCNV

      I voted yesterday. There were approximately 150 people waiting to vote! I’ve never had to wait to vote. People looked angry, and some looked down and out. All looked like they were “on a mission…a mission from God”. (Thanks for the quote, ‘Blues Brothers’.)

      • Bruce A.

        I’m in Pennsylvania, no early voting here but people are not happy.

  • Fasteddie226

    What is amazing is how many people really don’t care about his actions.  The only thing they are worried about is that his name is followed by a (D) in the ballot.

  • Artlouis

    The Obama camp is now claiming that there was no apology tour. I cited examples to someone who supports Obama, and he argued that it wasn’t “billed” as an Apology Tour, therefore there was no apology tour.  

    • CCNV

      I suppose you needed a t-shirt or CD to prove it? Libs despise capitalism but use it in every way possible to push their agenda.

  • CCNV

    Looking at the picture above, maybe he’s apologizing for stealing the hub caps off the Sheik’s car parked outside. Once a Chicago thief, always a Chicago thief. Some habits are hard to break.

  • Roger Ward

    If you have not seen the film “2016” yet, try to catch it.  You’ll gain some insight into why our apologist, Socialist president thinks and acts as he does.

    • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

      There is one better, a DVD that has been sent to 4 MILLION households across America, with 3 MILLION sent to Ohio homes.  It is Joel Gilbert’s DVD titled “Dreams From My REAL Father.”  It is the result of two years of research and it traces every last Marxist/Communist connection that Obama had beginning at 9 years old and running all the way through his 2008 election.   It is amazing!