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. marie schultz

    Yes Romney is right. Please tell your audience which country does more in the world than the U.S. You can't come up with one can you. World War II is just the quintessential example of the sacrafice of lives we made for Europe. We continue to sacrafice fiscally to help other countries. You are so incredibly bias you are hard to stomach and your onesidedness only makes me want to throw-up when anything is said in praise about Obama.

    June 3, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Mike Dallas

    It is more important what the Muslim countries think of us than what we Americans think of them.

    That is why President Obama's scheduled "apology tour"(as it will be billed by the Party of NO on this blog) to Egypt and the area so we can begin to assure the Muslim countries that we are not afraid nor do we hate 95% of the globe's Muslims. Maybe that 95% will join in and help us fight the 5% that are intent on our downfall.

    If President Obama does not condemn all Muslims for the actions of a few and rejects the "you are either with us or against us" attitude of the shrub then maybe President Obama's talking to the "enemy" will actually be a down payment on the peace dividend..

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

    SOMEONE has to apoligize about o' GWBs behavior. If Romney had gotten into the WH, he would be continuing the "cowboy" legacy and we would really be further hated by the people around the world. Why do people have to HATE so much!? Is it because when they slander other peoples views, it make them feel better? Can you say "Limpballs"?

    June 3, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Tracy

    He says that of course the U.S. makes mistakes, but that it’s inappropriate to "go around the world apologizing."..... it takes a great nation and individual to admit their errors and apologize for any harm done. Clearly he does not have any concept of leadership.

    June 3, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Carl from MI

    Let me think... is Mitt right?

    That would a complete and resounding NO!!

    I'm from Michigan and everyone I know thinks he's an idiot too.

    He's no son of ours....

    June 3, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. josh

    If you ask me Romney and Rep's are a bunch of idiots in suit who lacks a simple life gift, common sense.

    When you make a mistake you say sorry. Period. Forget apologizing let me take it to the next level, so many of the previous government had committed all kind of crimes. They are lucky that Obama is smart enough and not ignorant enough to put them in jail.

    And that would be something Obama shouldn't do, cause it would send a wrong message abroad as if we are falling apart inside.

    P.S. Who is voting for these guys? Can only wonder...

    June 3, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Margaret in NC

    In my opinion, we have a lot of apologizing to do. That he is willing to do it with courage and grace is something we should applaud, not quibble about. Got a problem with apologies? Sorry.

    June 3, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Minnesotan

    I don't know if he's right or not Jack. But I do know one thing for certain... Romney is doing and saying whatever it takes to position himself to lead the GOP against Obama in 2012. So whatever issue that comes up that Obama supports you can always count on good ol' mitt to be on the opposite side of the issue and lambast Obama for whatever stance it was he took.

    June 3, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. franck

    When I was little I was told to apologize when I make a mistake and not to brag about what I have done right

    June 3, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Why doesn't Mitt Romney just come out and tell the American people that he is not running in 2012 and stop playing games with us. He is a phoney rich fraud.

    June 3, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Tim

    After the debacle that was Bush foreign policy, a tour of apology is EXACTLY what we need. I would like to personally thank Romney for coining this phrase.

    America during the Bush years has a LOT to apologize for.

    June 3, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. yen

    Romnny, why don't you stop criticizing Obama.

    June 3, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Steve, Columbia SC

    Absolutely. His American apologetics is sickening. We have so much to be proud of as a nation, even when we are wrong, but our new president doesn't get it.

    Maybe his apologetics is a carryover from his time as an executive community organizer.

    June 3, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Sharon-NY

    Please Obama, no more apologize to Muslim world. You already overacted to European and US enemy, Hugo Chavez, and Cuba.

    This is Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe. In Prague, he said America has "a moral responsibility to act" on arms control because only the U.S. had "used a nuclear weapon." In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by "just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy" — as if that were a bad thing. And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not "pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors" because we "failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas."

    June 3, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Sick -n- Tired

    And all this coming from an irrelevant, "stuffed suit" who wasn't even capable of winning his own parties nomination for President! Hey Mitt, how's the sale of that 9500 sq.ft. 13 bedroom 9.5 bathroom (cough) "ski cabin" coming along? Give me a break!!!!!

    June 3, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Tyler G.

    This is not the message America should be sending out. This nation has reached out to help people and nations in need for decades and sent humanitarian aid everwhere it was needed. Until the recent unprovoked wars we had a pretty good reputation among free nations. This nation owes no apologies except for electing a war mongerer as president in 2000.

    June 3, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Pleeze

    Romney is a joke. I take nothing he says seriously.

    June 3, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Carnell Terry

    Hello Mr. Jack Cafferty. My Name Is Carnell Terry From Detroit, MI USA. My Comment To Your Blog Is This, The Day President Barack H. Obama Should Apologize For Speaking His Mind Is The Day Mitt Romney Should Admit He's Got Nothing But A Big Mouth And An Ego To Match It.

    June 3, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Derek

    There's a balance. President Obama is off the opposite direction that President Bush was off. He shouldn't be arrogant, but he also shouldn't be apologetic.

    June 3, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. It is any Wonder?

    Romney is wrong.

    June 3, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Dan in KS

    We all know and appreciate the sacrifices that have been made by the US. As a former officer in the Army, I understand the sacrifices that are being made today as well. But honestly, how long can we continue to throw WWII out there as evidence that we are the world leader. Rather than base our power and right to lead on something that ended over 60 years ago, how about we make new accomplishments? Why don't we prove that we are still a world leader by what we are doing now?
    I think it's necessary to address that past mistakes we've made as a country to heal old wounds with those we hope to consider allies in the future.

    June 3, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Stan

    Jack...is he ever?

    Dumfries, VA

    June 3, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. JR

    Romney WHO?

    June 3, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. deb

    mitt who?

    June 3, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. evelin

    of course not, he is realistic!

    June 3, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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