June 3rd, 2009
03:21 PM ET
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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. Randy, Indiana

    Now who in their right mind would name there son Mitt?

    June 3, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Proud DHS radical

    To hear Obama tell it, we're actually a Muslim nation. Maybe in his Cairo speech he will come out of the closet and declare that he really is a true Muslim after all.

    June 3, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. No To Obama

    Obama has sold the USA down the muslim river, next he will say its our fault for 9/11> Obama needs to worry about the USA instead of working with his muslim brothers in a pattern of the anti-christ to destroy the American way of life.

    June 3, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. robert Loveridge

    Obama is much to apologetic.

    June 3, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. kima

    I believe that our President is aware that our great country has not always acted like the greatest country in the world, especially the past eight years. I don't think he's been apologetic on the world stage; I think he recognizes our faults and mistakes of the past and is willing to demonstrate to the world that we have learned from them. Humility is a sign of a great leader.....the respect we as a Nation will garner in return for Obama's actions will speak for themselves.

    June 3, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Mitt is a nitt witt. All he knows is how to hold his silver foot in his mouth.

    June 3, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. kishen c.rao

    no....this guy does not know what he says...

    June 3, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. John Poggendorf; Prescott, AZ


    This is a two-part question right?

    [1] Is Obama too apologetic about the US overseas?: Absolutely NOT! Our international stance, reputation, posture and action over the past eight years of the bush regime has been deplorably arrogant and insular. Obama has to start someplace, and with our having stepped on the rest of the world for so long, the only place we HAVE to start is with an "I'm sorry!"

    [2] Is Romney right? Absolutely YES! Remember when LBJ ran against Goldwater and Goldwater had the campaign slogan "In your heart you know he's right." and the LBJ campaign came back with "Yes....EXTREMELY RIGHT!!!". Well.....Romney is that kind of Right: Right Wing, Reactionary, Wingnut, Floth-Flecked-Fringe, Religious-Nutcase-Right Right!

    June 3, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. G Hensley

    We have spent 8 years being the bully! why is it bad to be nice?

    June 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Tomkat

    It IS appropriate to apologize for murder, deceit, lying and cheating of the administration that you supported and the philosophy that you still support. In 2012, Obama will ask Americans if they are better off than they were 4 years ago under Republican leadership, the consensus will overwhelmingly put Obama in the White House for 4 more years. Romney, you are a stupid, stupid man.


    June 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. annie for Palin

    After all the good the USA

    June 3, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Tatianna

    America is unique in history, a super power unlike no other nation ever seen before. America has spread precious blood to liberate not triangulate. If America loses its place in the world, who will step up in replace?

    June 3, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Brandon V in DFW

    Thanks Mitt, thanks, you are so wise and so informed.

    I guess the President should go around acting like we are the best thing since sliced bread and everyone should shut up and do what we say.

    Seeing how that didn't go over to well the last several years the President is trying something new. Treating other nations and other peoples with respect and dignity.

    There is nothing wrong with admitting wihen your wrong or have been wrong, and many people feel we do have things to apologize for.

    But exactly who and when on this trip has the President apolgized to so far? Just asking.

    June 3, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. Frank

    Someone should tell Mitt that the rest of the world is well aware, and not at all ignorant of the sacrifices and aid the US has given the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the last administration so alienated the Muslim world by its actions (again, the Muslim world is full of very intelligent people, Mitt) that we have much damage to undo, as in so many other areas. Obama is not being apologetic, simply respectful, and oh yes-not consecending. This last is a lesson Mitt could learn from.

    June 3, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. barry

    Is another way to clean bush's mess. Bush has paint america the wrong paint.

    June 4, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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