June 3rd, 2009
03:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Cafferty: Romney says Obama too apologetic about U.S. overseas. Is he right?

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As President Obama gets ready to address the Muslim world in Cairo tomorrow, one Republican is accusing him of being too apologetic about America's past mistakes. Mitt Romney refers to it as a "tour of apology," and says that of course the U.S. makes mistakes, but that it’s inappropriate to "go around the world apologizing."

The former - and perhaps future - Republican presidential candidate says there's nothing wrong with showing our respect for the Muslim world. But he thinks President Obama should spend more time talking about the sacrifices the U.S. has made for other countries - like during World War II.

Romney points to an interview that the president gave on Arabic TV where he said the U.S. had dictated to the world; and he says a British newspaper declared Obama the president who’s the most critical of his own country while on foreign soil.

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  1. Change in America

    Romney is getting on everybody nerds I wish the republican would go and take hike somewhere....The republican party remind me of racism people because everytime President Obama try to accompolish anything the same old farts criticize President Obama.

    I cant wait until 2010 and 2012 to vote republicans out the office

    June 3, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Patrick

    I used to be a staunch Republican, but now I think if Mitt Romney says something, the opposite must be true. He is one of the most self-serving, phony politicians of our generation. And after the last 8 years, we should be begging the rest of the world for our forgiveness. By at least acknowldging it, Obama shows strengh, humility, honesty, and is helps to repair our damaged relationships all over the world

    June 3, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. AIB

    This guy is the most stupid politician ever. I cannot compare him with President Obama in all angles. President Obama is smater, more courageous and more paragmatic than him

    June 3, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Mary

    Its about time we admitted our mistakes, apologize and vow to st true to our principles. No more torture or unnecessary wars or overthrowing elected governments that we don't like.obama has it just right.

    June 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Dawn in Pa

    He has too, Bush made enemies of every Countries in the world.

    We need our allies, not as enemies but friends. Remember Freedom Fries? In England on our flag, GO HOME BUSH and the most recent, Shoes thrown at Bush... The Republican's believe that the whole world will listen to us?

    June 3, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    SOmebody's needs to apologise for the bad behavior of the previous administration. Sort of like a parent does when their 3 year old gets caught a check out with a pocket full of cookies outta the bakery department at the grocery.

    June 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Samilton

    He had better apologize as Much as he can. We are trying to restore relationships – not walk in pride and arrogance. We were WRONG!.

    GOP – get over it! The President is doing what is needed.

    June 3, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Robulous529

    An apology by the US for its horrednous foriegn policy is long overdue.

    June 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Actually as an apology for Bush, I recommend tar and feathering.

    June 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. LikingThisChange

    It seems many Republicans just don't get it. If we continue to behave and talk in the same old way, there is no chance that we will improve how the rest of the world regards us. One of the things I'm proudest of as an American is that we can admit our mistakes. We're not perfect. When we acknowledge our mistakes, we can then work to overcome them.

    June 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Henry, WA

    No, once again Mutt Romney is WRONG. Barack has a brain and his leadership has been spot-on. He knows what he's doing and he is not playing politics and trying to sound "tough". If things were left up to Mutt, we'd be in 5 wars by now. What does he care, he has five sons, none of whom have served, and yet he wants to send everyone else's son to war.

    Shut up Mutt, you plastic windbag. Take your meds, and leave us alone.

    June 3, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. mtv

    I think Romney and Cheney and others who offer nothing but bash the New President for the world to see set a worse example than the President apologizing for these nutcases years of bashing and bullying other countries.

    June 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Just because the GOP never ever apologizes for all the evil they committed doesn't mean nobody should. The GOP still has yet to apologize for leading us to a distracting, unjustified war and hence never capturing Bin Laden. They have yet to apologize for the banking bailouts (starting with AIG in 2005) that created the current economic depression. They keep lying and blaming others for their pseudo-conservative agenda that ruined the party of real conservatives. There haven't been ENOUGH apologies yet!

    June 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Donna Mansfield

    President Obama is CORRECT in apologizing. I apologized every day for eight years to my friends – now it's time for our leaders to apologize so we can get on with trying to make the world safer! It will not happen overnight. Thank you, President Obama!!!!

    June 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Peoples Voice

    Mitt must have been raised by some very sorry parents. People who taught him to never apologize for doing something wrong.

    It's only common courtesy to apologize when you're wrong. Not to do so is nothing but same-old-same by the GOP.

    June 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Lee Oates

    Romney is dead wrong. Ignoring the problem is not going to resolve it. The US has done some terrible things in the name of preserving democracy and our foreign resourse base, expecially in South America. Admitting to it signals that we are dealing with it and that we won't repeat it. When the US admitted to the terrible treatment of North American Indian tribes, the abuses were corrected to some degree.

    June 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. JonDie

    Mitt Romney is an idiot.

    June 3, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Kwesoe

    To suggest that America must live on past glories like WWII is to suggest that the Devil (Hilter) made us do it. America must face the world as a strong leader. A strong leader is never too big to apologize. Go Obama!

    June 3, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    What is the point of Mitt Romney doing these speeches. He is not going to be running in 2012. He wouldn't get elected. No one is listening to him. His speeches are horrible. He is not a good speaker. If these republicans are listening to him, there is something wrong with them. He is a lousy politician.

    June 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. daleesp

    Romney a big baby. Anyone of any spiritual character knows that sincere appology is required before fences can be mended. Romney may not understand this because he has no sincerity in his ever changing political stances and rhetoric. Whaaaaaa!!!

    June 3, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. Joshua College Station, TX

    Shut up Romney.

    June 3, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Susan, California

    There is a difference between giving an apology and acknowledging that something needs to be changed or modified. The President is not apologi.zing

    June 3, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. mo0ther and sister of a soldier

    Obama should not be apologizing for past american behavior. It makes him look weak and someone that can be easily challenged. Oops, North Korea already recognized that!

    June 3, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Alfred E. Neumann

    Running out of non-sensical thoughts to discuss eh Jack?

    Next time try renting a bigger mind!

    June 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "Mitt said that a British newspaper declared etc..." and so on.
    Anyone could give a better speech than that. Is this what this man is being paid big dollars for. OH MY GOD! A high school kid could give a better speech than that. Mitt, you are a fraud.

    June 3, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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