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One of the zombie lies coming from the conservative side of the aisle these last four years has been the notion that President Barack Obama has spent his presidency going around the world saying he's sorry for what America has done. That Obama, somehow, is the Apologizer-in-Chief. I'm certain you've heard this zombie lie. Fox, Rush and Hannity display this lie daily in bright neon lights.
Although there is absolutely no evidence that Obama has ever apologized for anything America has ever done.....the zombie lie lives on, only to be repeated again and again by all the usual-suspects each and every day.
Yesterday, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post....
Romney repeated this falsehood in his acceptance speech in Tampa, claiming that Obama launched his presidency “with an apology tour.”
Oddly enough, Romney’s evidence for Obama’s alleged apologizing is bereft of certain words — like apology, or sorry, or regret. To Romney, apologizing means never actually having to say you’re sorry.
Mitt even wrote a book entitled "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness".....meant as a slam to President Obama for doing something he has never actually done.....apologize for America.
The dustup this week over renewed violence in the middle east, brought this zombie lie front and center for all to see.
Mitt, this week...
“Simply put, having an embassy which . . . has been breached and has protesters on its grounds, having violated the sovereignty of the United States, having that embassy reiterate a statement effectively apologizing for the right of free speech is not the right course for an administration,” Romney said.
For the record, here is the embassy statement that Mitt said is "effectively" an "apology"...
The U.S. “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
Is there an apology in there somewhere? Is there an "I'm sorry America is so evil" kind of message going on that I simply can't see?
This week, Romney and his surrogates must have thought they had found a diamond in the sewage they have been rooting through during this campaign season....a bright and shiny diamond which would mesmerize the extremist-right base to at least pretend they were excited about voting for Multiple-choice Mitt.
But Romney and his gang did not find a diamond this week.....they only managed to dirty themselves.
Most of where the original zombie lie that Obama is an apologizer came from was Obama's speech in Cairo, Eqypt in 2009. Marcus again...
Obama referred to the “tumultuous history” between the United States and Iran, noting that “in the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government.”
See the word "apology" in there? How about "we're sorry?" No, me either. Obama stated historical facts. The U.S. did play a role in the overthrow of Iran.
But to those innoculated with American-exceptionalism serum.....stating the actual truth about America's involvement in other countries....is seen as a sign of weakness, like an apology. America is uniquely exceptional in the world, some Americans claim, and anything which sounds like we are not uniquely exceptional must be a sign of weakness.....or worse....a sign that America is flawed. And that can't be...because we are uniquely exceptional.
Secondarily.....I think the excitable right, and surely Republican officials, didn't like the sound of Obama implying that former president and Commander Guy, George W. Bush,.....had acted like a Lone Ranger Bull in a China Shop following 9-11. Obama's words in Cairo in 2009 were received by conservatives and Republicans as a slap to the face of their former Leader.
Having said all that.....no....President Obama has NEVER apologized for the United States. He has NEVER traveled to other countries and said "on behalf of all Americans, please accept my apology."
That is why, PolitiFact evaluated Mitt Romney's claim from his book, No Apology,...
"Never before in American history has its president gone before so many foreign audiences to apologize for so many American misdeeds, both real and imagined," Romney writes. "It is his 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."
...and they rated those claims.....FALSE.
Just like Obama and his State Department did not "sympathize with attackers" this week in Libya and Egypt.....so too, Obama has never apologized for America.
And that's the truth.