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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Obama's 'Apology Tour'

By Glenn Kessler

"I think he had made a practice of trying to apologize for America. I personally am proud of America."
--Former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Feb. 20, 2011

"I will not and I will never apologize for America. I don't apologize for America, because I believe in America."
--Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (author of "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness"), Feb. 11, 2011

"Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country."
--Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Feb. 11, 2011


The Fact Checker senses a campaign theme emerging: Obama the apologizer.

As the above quotes illustrate, it is an article of faith among top Republicans that President Obama has repeatedly apologized for the United States and its behavior. Even more, the argument goes, he does not believe in American strength and greatness. The assertion feeds into a subterranean narrative that Obama, with his exotic, mixed-race background, is not really American in the first place.

The claim that Obama is an apologist for America actually began to take shape shortly after he became president. It had been bubbling in the conservative blogs before Karl Rove, the former political adviser to George W. Bush, published an article titled "The President's Apology Tour" in the Wall Street Journal on April 23, 2009, just three months after Obama took the oath of office.

By June, the conservative Heritage Foundation began running a list: "Barack Obama's Top 10 Apologies: How the President Has Humiliated a Superpower."

Public-opinion polling suggests the idea has resonance among the American public. A December Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of those surveyed agreed that Obama believed the United States has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world; 37 percent said he did not. By contrast, 74 percent thought George W. Bush did, 77 percent though Bill Clinton did, and 86 percent thought Ronald Reagan did. Among Republicans, 61 percent thought Obama did not believe in the greatness of America.

Let's look at the evidence.


The Facts

Most of the criticism stems from a series of speeches that Obama made shortly after taking office, when he was trying to introduce himself to the world and also signify a break with the Bush administration with new policies, such as pledging to close the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay.

This is typical of many new presidents. George W. Bush, for instance, quickly broke with Clinton administration policy on dealings with North Korea, the Kyoto climate change treaty and the international criminal court, to name a few.

Rove built his case around four quotes made by Obama:

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."

In none of these cases does Obama actually use a word at all similar to "apologize." The Latin American comment might have resonance with Rove's old boss, since that was Bush's charge against the Clinton administration in the 2000 campaign. The Prague and London quotes are not apologies at all. The Paris quote, which is often cited as an apology, is taken out of context.

In Paris, Obama was trying to rebuild relations with Europe, where opposition to the Iraq war had run high. The quote in Paris often cited by conservatives is this: "In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."

That doesn't sound like much of an apology, more of a statement of fact that few international-relations experts would quarrel with. But Obama was making the case that both sides had misunderstood each other, and so he also said: "But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual, but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad."

The two sentences are a matched pair; there is no apology.

The Heritage Foundation list is also a stretch. Again, nothing akin to the word "apology" is ever used by Obama. In most of these cases, Obama is trying to make a clear distinction with his predecessor, much as Ronald Reagan did with Jimmy Carter, or George W. Bush with Clinton. Guantanamo or the war on terrorism figures in four of the so-called apologies -- and it is noteworthy during the 2000 campaign that Obama's GOP opponent, Sen. John McCain, also had said he would close the facility. Obama's comments express a disagreement over policy, not a distaste for the nation.

Another Heritage example is a speech Obama gave in April 2009 to the Turkish parliament, in which he was trying to urge that country to come to terms with its tragic history with the Armenians: "The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Facing the Washington Monument that I spoke of is a memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution."

But compare what Obama said to what George W. Bush said at Senegal's Goree Island in 2003. Bush called the U.S. constitution flawed and said that America is still troubled by the legacy of slavery. This does not seem like an apology, either -- but it is even more sharply framed than Obama's comments.

We can fairly judge the past by the standards of President John Adams, who called slavery "an evil of callosal magnitude." We can discern eternal standards in the deeds of William Wilberforce and John Quincy Adams, and Harriet Beecher Stowe and Abraham Lincoln. These men and women, black and white, burned with a zeal for freedom, and they left behind a different and better nation. Their moral vision caused Americans to examine our hearts, to correct our Constitution, and to teach our children the dignity and equality of every person of every race. By a plan known only to Providence, the stolen sons and daughters of Africa helped to awaken the conscience of America. The very people traded into slavery helped to set America free. My nation's journey toward justice has not been easy and it is not over. The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation. And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times. But however long the journey, our destination is set: liberty and justice for all.

Why would Obama's comment on slavery be considered an apology and not Bush's?

Similarly, Bush's secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice suggested in Cairo in 2005 that U.S. policies were directly responsible for the terrorism that had struck the United States: "Our policies to try and promote what we thought was stability in the Middle East had actually allowed, underneath, a very malignant, meaning cancerous, form of extremism to grow up underneath because people didn't have outlets for their political views."

Obama, meanwhile, has refused to apologize for past CIA meddling in Latin America. "I'm interested in going forward, not looking backward," Obama said after talks with Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet. "I think that the United States has been an enormous force for good in the world. I think there have been times where we've made mistakes. But I think that what is important is looking at what our policies are today, and what my administration intends to do in cooperating with the region."

But Bush on several occasions apologized to foreign governments for actions taken by U.S. soldiers, such as for the shooting of a Koran or prisoner abuse in Iraq. "I told him I was sorry for the humiliation suffered by the Iraqi prisoners and the humiliation suffered by their families," Bush said at a news conference with Jordan's King Abdullah.

Finally, critics point to another April 2009 statement by Obama as evidence that he does not believe in American exceptionalism.

Asked by a British reporter if he thought the United States was uniquely qualified to lead the world, Obama answered: "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." As Romney put it in his book, this "is another way of saying he doesn't believe it all."

But Obama was just getting warmed up. His very next sentence was: "I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world." Obama continued: "If you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional."

In the early months of his presidency, Obama had a way of backing into his answers, starting off with a humble tone ("just as I suspect the Brits...") that some supporters of American power may have found grating. But snippets of his answers do not do justice to his complete remarks.

The Pinocchio Test

The claim that Obama repeatedly has apologized for the United States is not borne out by the facts, especially if his full quotes are viewed in context.

Obama often was trying to draw a rhetorical distinction between his policies and that of President Bush, a common practice when the presidency changes parties. The shift in policies, in fact, might have been more dramatic from Clinton to Bush than from Bush to Obama, given how Obama has largely maintained Bush's approach to fighting terrorism.

In other cases, Obama's quotes have been selectively trimmed for political purposes. Or they were not much different than sentiments expressed by Bush or his secretary of state. Republicans may certainly disagree with Obama's handling of foreign policy or particular policies he has pursued, but they should not invent a storyline that does not appear to exist.

Note to GOP speechwriters and campaign ad makers: The apology tour never happened.

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we have all seen the videos of obama's apology of America to the world...
and seeing is believing...
your cedibility just went up in smoke...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

"The fact checker" at the washington compost. That's rich. I'm sure Pravda had one too..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 22, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

When the National Enquirer or Washington Post establishes a section labeled "Fact Checker" does that convince their readers that their dishonesty is truth?

Posted by: fury60 | February 22, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

DwightCollins,

You saw it? What exactly did you see? You saw a man of color represent the US and that made you upset? He has a funny name so that angered you? You have only seen his birth certificate 3 times, so you really aren't sure, and that burdens you?

Were you upset when he bowed to the Saudi king? Is that what did it? Why weren't you upset, then, when Bush held his hand like he was his lady in waiting, through the White House garden, pointing out the pretty purple flowers and whispering sweet nothings into his hear - "I know you funded the terrorist strikes on 9/11, but that's okay. We won't hurt you."

You say your angry. Rumsfeld just released a document saying there was about a 5% to 10% chance that the intel to go to war was factual. And you're angry because Obama doesn't stand on a pedestal every day and scream "I love America and everyone else should too!" Our previous president is responsible for the needless deaths of over 4000 service men and women. We should be ashamed as Americans, ashamed that he and his administration walk free.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | February 22, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

pathfinder, the Saudi King did not fund the 9/11 attacks. You and Dwight are peas of the same pod.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | February 22, 2011 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Good job, Glenn. If I had the Gop 2012 list, I'd certainly send them a copy!

Posted by: carolerae48 | February 22, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Maybe next time you could get a fact checker who isn't in love with his subject.

The "Republicans bad, Democrats good" articles are weak all around.

Surprise us sometime with an article that doesn't meet the above criteria.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 22, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

RUFSM? I was expecting to see Phinocchios nose grow another 17 feet just from the pathetice reasoning of this piece. The Apology Tour continues.... stay tuned.

Posted by: nosuchluck | February 22, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

we have all seen the videos of obama's apology of America to the world...
and seeing is believing...
your cedibility just went up in smoke...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2011 6:58 AM
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Link, please.

Posted by: zukermand | February 22, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

That ,Obama agrees that' America has a unique character "EXEPTIONALISM"

apologizing for America is a first in American history amongst President'.

An apology refers to a change in which facts stand in a different light as to said change.
It is this change that should be analyzed and publicized on the front page of the daily news paper.

I feel the secret service could learn a thing or two from the secret service in Russia and Germany. A European relationship is a foul and boring one.
If you fail to realize 'America as an recognized, exeptional country', you are open to an unrecognized plague in America but that a highly familiar one in Europe.

Posted by: kadija1 | February 22, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Kessler's attempt to "shine up" Obama's clear,candid remarks that demean our country is laughable.Maybe Kessler can show us next that Michelle's comment that America is a "mean country" was actually a compliment. I urge Kessler to read Mona Charen's book, "Useful Idiots".

Posted by: bowspray | February 22, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Necessary conditions for the right wing are an ignorance of history, denial of reality and the willingness to make up thier own facts. The above comments from the right make one feel like you have stumbled into never-never land. Whatever happened to conservatives with whom one could have rational, fact-based discussions? Where did they all go?

Posted by: withersb | February 22, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Necessary conditions for the right wing are an ignorance of history, denial of reality and the willingness to make up thier own facts. The above comments from the right make one feel like you have stumbled into never-never land. Whatever happened to conservatives with whom one could have rational, fact-based discussions? Where did they all go?

Posted by: withersb | February 22, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

note how not one of the attacks on the article can point to anything Obama said that Kessler omitted. Nor do any attempt to attack his reasoning, either.

they act just like birthers - don't bother me with facts, I don't care if Bush made remarks that were even closer to apologies but weren't either, people who hate Obama say he's apologizing, so he must be.

Posted by: JoeT1 | February 22, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"we have all seen the videos of obama's apology of America to the world...
and seeing is believing...
your cedibility just went up in smoke...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse "
================================

If you have a video of Obama apologizing that's in its entirety and NOT taken out of context, I would love to see it. If not, then your credibility just went up in smoke...

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | February 22, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

This deceipt goes back to its primary source: Karl Rove. He was the architect of the most destructive two-term presidency in our history, and he's making millions of dollars flat-out lying about Obama, and about the legacy of the Bush Administration. And too many Americans are listening. It's just horrible.

Posted by: dhenken1 | February 22, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Politicians have come to regard any money they get as a personal bank account. They regard public office as the place to get wealth and enrich their friends. Supposedly Obama had in excess of $254 million bucks in his personal campaign fund and now it is apparently all gone. So where did it go? Do you rally think Jack Johnson would have been indicted if he had been able to be reelected? It took Grey less than three months to return to the Pratt-Barry years. Public office is not much more than licensed theft.

Posted by: KBlit | February 22, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

What a maroon,,more like chubby checker then facts,,"exotic mixed race",,is that what its called these days or are you having a chris matthews moment.

Posted by: schmidt1 | February 22, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Who writes this tripe.
When will you stop lying on the President. Your oppinions really do not matter when every one knows your just spreadding lies.

Posted by: jillrocks2011 | February 22, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This is not a fact check, it is an interpretation of fact that is highly subjective. It is not different than what someone on the DNC or White House staff would write. It is an example of why people read but do not trust the Washington Post to be intellectually honest. Obama's views are far more complex, and what he says can only be interpreted in light of what he does, the results he brings about. His actions speak louder than his words, and the results speak for themselves. He did not read every spending bill before signing the biggest spending bills in history, he expanded offshore drilling after promising a moratorium, he passed health care in Senate by suspension of rules, he adopted the Bush Wall Street bail out policy, he upheld the legal prerogative of the President for Guantanamo and never closed it, he was silent when Tehran crushed pro-democracy demonstrations, all things he either contrary to his promises. Instead of accountability for any of this, we get this so-called fact check from the WP that reads like a DNC staff memo to David Axlerod about 2012 campaign script.

Posted by: Broadford | February 22, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Whether it's the apology tour nonsense, the false religious claims, or the birther insanity, the sad truth is that these people can't give their real reason for hating the President. I suppose the hint would be that the greatest vitriol towards the President comes from the Old South. Anybody need an other clue?

Posted by: Keesvan | February 22, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

So Kessler being empowered to write this little column somehow gives you the power to rewrite history???

Obama's apoligies are a matter of record, recorded on video and audio for all to see.

Posted by: RandyM1 | February 22, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

The worst thing that could have happened to the GOP is their taking back of the House in the last election. The GOP is all about style and propoganda over substance. If one were to examine the majority of GOP positions, at their heart is a lie or some form of deception. For example, they call the recently passed health care bill a "government takeover" of health care. No objective source has agreed that the health care bill represents a government take over, but the GOP continues to push that fraudulent storyline. The current tax rates are lower than they were during the days of Ronald Reagan, yet the GOP pushes the storyline that we're being taxed to death to facilitate redistribution of wealth. Again, no objective examination of the facts has reached that conclusion, but the GOP propoganda machine continues to push it.

But now that the GOP has some power again, they cannot forever hide behind rhetoric and lies. They will have to produce results. Facts don't lie, and because virtually the entire GOP storyline is a house of cards based on fiction rather than fact, they will have difficulty producing the results that they have demanded from the Democrats. Why? Because they are using flawed and fraudulent "theories" and storylines as their starting point. Garbage in, garbage out. Just as happened the last time the GOP held power, but in way less time, the American people will notice little coming out of the House other than the stench of GOP garbage. The GOP will do its best to use misdirection and play the blame game, but people won't quickly forget, for example, how the most important item on the GOP's agenda was supposed to be jobs. That's what they said when they were running for office. Hear anything about jobs coming out of the House these days? I didn't think so.

Posted by: sonny2 | February 22, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The debate over whether the words in Obama's speeches in Cairo, Paris or any other country are considered an apology are beside the point, it is the results of his speeches which more clearly answer that question.

Our allies as well as enemies now view Obama and the US as weak because of his speeches.

Results matter.

And November 2012 can't come soon enough!


Posted by: janet8 | February 22, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Who writes this tripe.
When will you stop lying on the President.
Your opinions really do not matter when every one knows your just spreadding lies.

Posted by: jillrocks2011 | February 22, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The debate over whether the words in Obama's speeches in Cairo, Paris or any other country are considered an apology are beside the point, it is the results of his speeches which more clearly answer that question.

Our allies as well as enemies now view Obama and the US as weak because of his speeches.

Results matter.

And November 2012 can't come soon enough!


Posted by: janet8 | February 22, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Please, those of you who are arguing that this article is tripe, provide a rational, fact-supported counterargument.

There is much to dislike about our current President, but I'm not sure how it serves our country to think of him as having anti-American sentiments.

I suspect that this storyline is going to be re-relegated to the fringe of the GOP once the campaign actually gets rolling. Once Obama is on TV 23 hours a day again (God help us), it'll be hard to convince anyone that he's a crazy extremist. He just comes off as too boring and rational in person for that to be a narrative that works. McCain, remember, tried to define Obama that way, and during the debates voters felt like they were listening to an economics lecture, and the idea that Obama was a militant radical became laughable to all but the frothing-at-the-mouth partisans.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 22, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The debate over whether the words in Obama's speeches in Cairo, Paris or any other country are considered an apology are beside the point, it is the results of his speeches which more clearly answer that question.

Posted by: janet8 |
//// You probably ought to check with Mrs. Palin, but I don't think that Cairo or Paris are countries.

Aside from your nonsense 'facts', this was babble.

Posted by: Keesvan | February 22, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Here is the mind set of the typical right winger:

"Obama runs around apologizing and now we look weak."

"Really? What did he say?"

"I don't know, but it was on TV. I saw it."

"Ok, you saw it. So tell me specifically, what did he say?"

"I doesn't matter what he said. All I know is he was apologizing, and now we're weak."

"How can what he actually said not matter?"

"It doesn't matter because it was on TV. Don't bother me with details. What are you, a liberal?"

Posted by: sonny2 | February 22, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Glenn Kessler's column is accurate and objective. Some people "Just can't handle the truth" to quote Jack Nicholson. I ask this question, After eight years of George W. Bush's policies was the U.S. stronger economically, militarily, and morally? There is a thin line between guts and no brains.

Posted by: jp1943 | February 22, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

It wouldn't matter if Obama eliminated the debt ended the Bush tragic war and put the economy back on track with more jobs, The right hates that he is black and very smart and beats them at every turn. The sad thing about this whole story is a lot people believe this crap because they are hurting don't know what to do. Bush and his cronies caused this mess but he's gone and Obama is getting the blame. It's a shame what this country has come to. I recall an article a long time ago called, the communist manifesto which say's " you do not have to destroy democracy by force it will destroy itself from within and you just step in and take over " scary isn't it.

Posted by: fmcoletta | February 22, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight. GOP gets 4 Pinocchios for their interpretation of a collection of ambiguous statements. Obama gets only two for calling a CIA contractor a "diplomat."

Come on, man....

Posted by: JerWH | February 22, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Somebody should apologize for the GOP.

Posted by: SarahBB | February 22, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

This is just like all the other lies Republicans tell about Obama, such as that he's an illegal alien, or a Muslim, or the anti-Christ. Just what part of "Thou shall not bear false witness . . ." do you fundamentalist Christian Republicans think doesn't apply to you? Do you really think Jesus is going to "rapture" you and leave behind people who don't lie constantly?

Posted by: DaveHarris | February 22, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

You want a rational fact supporting counter-argument. Well how about the fact that every time the president speaks people like you have to misconscrew every word. It seems that you think your opinion matters more than anyone else's,
Think Again.

Posted by: jillrocks2011 | February 22, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder why people that think for themselves look at Republicants and laugh? They can't tell the truth. They can't govern. They are only good at lying and echoing what Fix news tells them.

How do you spell Republicant? H Y P O C R I T.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | February 22, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The debate over whether the words in Obama's speeches in Cairo, Paris or any other country are considered an apology are beside the point, it is the results of his speeches which more clearly answer that question.

=======================================

I think the whole notion of "apologiy" stems from a feeling from many that while Obama may say things about America's greatness, deep in his heart he doesn't believe it. It certainly doesn't show the way it did with FDR, JFK and Reagan.

Posted by: bbface21 | February 22, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Another History Revisionist. Did you hear his Cairo speech? What were you doing? Fixing the teleprompter? The Anointed One is a devotee and faithful follower of the Reverend Wright Doctrine, "..God Damn America." And I suppose you didn't hear that either.

The good thing is that when gas hits $7.00/gallon, even you will vote against the Man From Kenya. As they say in Kenya, "BURIANI,OBAMA!"

Posted by: fregameeate | February 22, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama is 1) weak and 2) antiAmerican

Obama is worse than Carter.......

....no way Obama will carry a single state in 2012

Too many voters know now what they did not know in 2008 for Obama to be re-elected

Liberals embrace weakness, and confuse it for 'clever'......

....like Neville Chamberlain, Obama is an appeaser

Posted by: georgedixon1 | February 22, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual, but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad."

I've been offering this quote up for two years now to anyone spewing the "apologist" talking points. The whole "All Apology Tour" idea was birthed on FoxNews in April 2009 based on Obama's use of "arrogant" and "derisive" when speaking to a crowd in France.

Can anyone who watches FoxNews on a regular basis honestly tell me that you've EVER seen a clip of the above quote, which took place approximately 0.8 seconds later?

Posted by: Shadow9 | February 22, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Exceptionalism must be earned each day.

For those who believe we've been earning it lately - you sure do have low standards.

Posted by: PulSamsara | February 22, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

President Obama holds America up to high standards - as well he should.

It would seem the right has standards they hold for America. Standards of strength learned in junior high school and never evolved to meet the demands of an adult world.

Posted by: PulSamsara | February 22, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I am glad I read so many saying it first. The fact checker is contradicting what I saw and heard at the time. I think I remember him bowing to the Japanese. I think I remember him saying on occasions that America interfered when it should not have. If Obama never said anything along those lines, why did he not deny it at the times his actions were being reported. He cant seem to keep his mouth shut when someone says something about him or about the actions of other state leaders. He has attacked Arizona, is leading the fight in Wisconsin, much more than likely involved in Ohio. He is the most divisive President we ever had.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 22, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"....no way Obama will carry a single state in 2012"

wow - you're in for a sad and frustrating six years.

Posted by: PulSamsara | February 22, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

The Post is like the MSNBC of journalism these days...Obama apologists to the core. I could do the research to rebut this Kessler nonsense...not to mention the flaws in logic...but why bother. The real irony here is the hubris of the Post/Kessler to present this polemic as "The Truth behind the Rhetoric" when it is nothing more than recycled liberal rhetoric being arrogantly cased as the "truth." Outside of the close minded left wing MSM, there is no one who could think that Obama is proud to be an American, at least without a long list of qualifiers, apologies, and mea culpas. As Rumsfeld said today, if you look around the world today, where are people lining up to get a new opportunity in life...the gates to America are still the most desirous. It would be nice to sense that the President would share the same view. Really..sending the bust of Churchill back to Britain says it all.

Posted by: tcb700 | February 22, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I am glad I read so many saying it first. The fact checker is contradicting what I saw and heard at the time. I think I remember him bowing to the Japanese. I think I remember him saying on occasions that America interfered when it should not have. If Obama never said anything along those lines, why did he not deny it at the times his actions were being reported. He cant seem to keep his mouth shut when someone says something about him or about the actions of other state leaders. He has attacked Arizona, is leading the fight in Wisconsin, much more than likely involved in Ohio. He is the most divisive President we ever had.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 22, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Most of these comments demonstrate what is wrong with a certain faction of this country. You can't make up facts. Kessler offers a systematic dismissal of these so-called "apologies." He provides clear-cut, incontrovertible evidence. And what is the response? Accusations based on hearsay, taking quotations out of context, and outright apocrypha.

Posted by: binaryboy | February 22, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Need a wash cloth to wipe your mouth after this article?

What a surprise. I'm betting you're planning to write similar piece on how the left keep bashing Sarah Palin.

You're a joke and so is your "work."

Posted by: gr8gozo | February 22, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

DwightCollins wrote: "we have all seen the videos of obama's apology of America to the world..."

I haven't, and neither have you. They don't exist. You've manufactured that BS in your head, and you rely on the ignorance of others who won't demand proof for your silly assertion.

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 22, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Sure sounded to me like he did a lot of apologizing but then, guess I can't believe my lying ears!

Posted by: Linda7 | February 22, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

First ... the speech quoting Bush was a very eloquent speech which highlighted the goodness of the American people during our lowest moments.

Obama's speeches, on the other hand, attempt to highlight all that is wrong with America, even when we are trying to do good.

Sure Obama is an apologist. But some people like that, as this author clearly does.

Posted by: playfair109 | February 22, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Really well done. Thank you.

Posted by: KobayashiMaru | February 22, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

What is hilarious is mediocrities like Sarah Palin talking about American exceptionalism.

There is nothing at all exceptional about losers like Palin, other than the degree of their loser-ness.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 22, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Poor Republotards, exposed as liars. Again.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 22, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH - Republicans LIE - and their LIES are coordinated.

Posted by: angie12106 | February 22, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

fact check on the fact checker is that this is not a good name for your column. I t more appropriately should be right check or bias partisian check. But surely nothing that resembles a ojective analyzer of data or anything the sort. nice try lefty

Posted by: Rvf0509 | February 22, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"'In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.'"

"That doesn't sound like much of an apology, more of a statement of fact that few international-relations experts would quarrel with."

See, it's not an apology if you don't actually use the word "apology" and instead just denigrate America in front of the French. Besides, it's a statement of fact, anyway: USA Bad. International relations experts agree!

What a joke this liberal rag is.

Posted by: Jeff08 | February 22, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

withersb wrote>>>Whatever happened to conservatives with whom one could have rational, fact-based discussions? Where did they all go?

Those Republicans weren't hard right extremist enough for the Fox & Frightwing radio extremists.

Posted by: angie12106 | February 22, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

bowspray:
"Kessler's attempt to "shine up" Obama's clear,candid remarks that demean our country ..."
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"our country" as if it'sot also Obama's country?

Get your mind out of the bilge - your choking on an empty grudge - it never happened.

Only those conservatives who insist on continuing the Bush tradition of willful ignorance believe any of this bunk.

Posted by: gooch733 | February 22, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

So, Republicans build a campaign theme predicated on falsehood, and you find this surprising?
Nothing they said about ACORN has turned out to be true.
Nothing they are saying about Planned Parenthood is likely to be true.
Nothing they say about healthcare reform is even remotely true.
Still waiting for the "jobs, jobs, jobs" promise to even start.

I want to trust them, but I am still waiting for them to stop lying.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | February 22, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Apparently some believe it's an Apology Tour because they say so. Facts, schmacts, right?

Posted by: sarahabc | February 22, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

jeff08:
"See, it's not an apology if you don't actually use the word "apology" and instead just denigrate America in front of the French. Besides, it's a statement of fact, anyway: USA Bad. International relations experts agree!"
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You are obviously no kind of expert about much.

By they way Jeffrom we did invade and destroy a country (Iraq) killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people for no good reason at all - just because - and in the process tortured hundreds of people who turned out to be totally innocent (oops), and waisted/threw away billions of our tax dollars.

Bad is not the exact word I would use to describe that. Stupid is the word that comes to mind - really really stupid.

Posted by: gooch733 | February 22, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I think one first must look at what "American Exceptionalism" means.

Some thinks it means that the U.S. is the greatest nation on the earth. If so, that's patently false. We have poverty, rampant greed, unemployment, etc. that other countries do have. Our children test lower than other countries on many levels of education, we're generally more obese than others...I could name several other things that show we aren't the best at everything.

We are an unique nation. But, we're not the best at everything.

Posted by: MichelleKinPA | February 22, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Gooch733 and MichelleKinPA aren't apologizing for the US either. They're just pointing out the truth: that America's really really stupid, and we're definitely not the greatest nation on Earth.

Who says liberals hate the USA?

Posted by: Jeff08 | February 22, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

> tcb700 has just summed up the entire Tea Party philosophy: "Why should I risk doing research that might actually show me that my 'facts' are incomplete or maybe even wrong? It's so much simpler and more comforting just to believe Faux Noise."

Posted by: beckley1 | February 22, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Well. . .this is clearly an exceptional nation. I take "exceptional" to mean good,
decent, honest, fair, and courageous in defense of those who aspire to the same qualities.

Clearly, I said. Anyone who has a fair
bone in their body knows that the U.S. is
exceptional and that President Obama belongs in the ranks of the exceptional as well.

Posters who cannot get over the idea of a
mixed race Presdident of the United States do not qualify as exceptional. . .they have
a long way to go. I hope they stay on the good road and become "real" Americans.

Peace out.

Posted by: wwIIbaby | February 22, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Excellent spinning. I suspect you will soon be a member of the Democratic strategy team given your ability to suggest signficant changes in the meanings of words. Did you by any chance help Clinton when he remarked: "...what the meaning of 'is' is".

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

Posted by: staterighter | February 22, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Excellent spinning. I suspect you will soon be a member of the Democratic strategy team given your ability to suggest signficant changes in the meanings of words. Did you by any chance help Clinton when he remarked: "...what the meaning of 'is' is".

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

Posted by: staterighter | February 22, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

When has the truth ever mattered for a second to repubs?

President Obama, like a real world leader, started the process of rebuilding the tattered relations of the US and the rest of the world, as well as rebuilding our international reputation. To repubs this is "apologizing" which in some respect it is -- the bush administration did plenty of wrong. Torture, illegal wars, denigrating our allies....

However, there was no such thing as an "apology tour" nor did our President go around groveling. Just stating that the US had returned to our American values after 8 years of a illigitimate rouge regime.

Posted by: John1263 | February 22, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The Right have poor imaginations.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 22, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

pathfinder, the Saudi King did not fund the 9/11 attacks. You and Dwight are peas of the same pod.

Posted by: veritasinmedium
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Prove that they did not!!
9/11 happened.
Their Brother OBL was never caught.

Sent two hapless army to find him in Iraq and Afghanistan..


DUDE you are lying !!

Posted by: pdq5 | February 22, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.....Isn't it interesting that even when facts support the President, people come out of the woodwork to tell you that those facts are wrong! I mean no matter what is said, if it is positive towards the President there are some people in this country who will just go crazy. But oh, let it be negative and it has to be true regardless.

Posted by: catmomtx | February 22, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Not a single Republican here denigrating Obama and this piece refuse to cite what exactly Obama said that they disagree with. Probably because they have never heard it. They were told by Glen and Rush that he said, and that is enough proof for them...(which is enough proof of their competence to me, so I'm just as guilty I suppose...)

Posted by: maurban | February 22, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The far-left attempts to re-write history. . . again.

Posted by: fury60 | February 22, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

These people don't believe he is an American. That kind of gives you an idea about how much they value actual facts.

Posted by: baldinho | February 22, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Kessler (and pathfinder). The Fact Checker may seem biased in favor Democrats, but maybe that's because Republicans continue to use sound bites and slogans in place of facts and reasoning. I know it's a terrible burden, but maybe Republicans should read an entire paragraph before coming to a conclusion. And to those who made it through this entire article . . . I'm just so proud of you!

Posted by: mus81 | February 22, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Where was the Fact Checker article when the demented Left propagated the myth that "Bush Lied"?

You people need serious psychiatric help.

2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1 | February 22, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Not to far left political hacktivist, EVERYTHING a democrat does or says is anti-american and apologetic for the greatness of America.

The idea that a far left rag such as the Washington Post is going to "fact check" anything, is beyond laughable.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | February 22, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Another good job, Glenn. the number and vehemence of the right-wing attacks on this piece shows that you hit a nerve. Methinks that the wingnuts doth protest too much.

I wonder if someday they will apologize?

Nah.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 22, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Reagan and the two Bush Clowns were the start of the hate toward the USA. Fox Spews addicts dont travel out of the trailer park much, so how would they know anything. Rummy was in fine form the other day on CNN. The guy is a loser and should be locked up for helping the Bush Regime make up and start a war that cost alot of money. It did cost money. It is part of the debt that the mis-informed right wingers are crying about.

Posted by: porcelainproductions | February 22, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The world "according to America" is over and the time where utterances like Romney, Rumsfeld and other ultra-nationalists has never toned down from the days of WWII.

THe world, gentlemen, has moved on, and is now laughing collectively at your myopic little worlds, with your myopic little thoughts of world domination, and will never be tempered with humility.

Humility is the STUFF our president is made of, and sometimes, yes, it may appear to you that he's sorry for things like CIA operatives killing Pakistanis like a natural-born-way-of-life.

You, apparently are 100% thrilled that America has made a lousy impression on others on the world, mainly due to your arrogant, non-humble natures.

I hope this "proud american" phase passes soon. I get tired of picking up the flags they fly on the cars only to fly off the car as soon as it accelerates.

Yeah, STOOPID AMERICANS.

Ya need to take responsibility for your actions, ALL of them.

Yes, even the ugly ones.

Posted by: pgibson1 | February 22, 2011 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Yup without those pesky unions there would be 16 hour work days and child labor and if you lost an arm at work your best bet was to die!

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | February 22, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Where was the Fact Checker article when the demented Left propagated the myth that "Bush Lied"?

You people need serious psychiatric help.

2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1
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So if fact checker did a piece on 'Bush Lied' you would not support the many lies the right claims about the POTUS?
But because they didn't, you will continue to support this myth?
Doesn't sound like you need help, it sounds like you and your ilk need to GROW UP.
You guys act like 'he said it first' is a good excuse to lie second, GTFOH. And you guys think people are supposed to take you guys seriously?

Posted by: priceisright | February 22, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that for 8 years Bush equated diplomacy with cowardice and Obama had a lot of bridges to rebuild.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 22, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

How many pinocchios would WaPo get for every story spiked that demonstrated the lies and rampant dishonesty of the Obama administration? Probably tens of thousands. WaPo would get thousands more for op-ed propaganda foisted on us by Obama's apologists.

Posted by: ecartr5 | February 22, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Who should really care what the 'Republican voter' thinks?

This is the same crowd that thinks the professional wrestling is real and that the moon landings were faked.

This is the same crowd who think bankers and CEOs do 'work' and laborers, truck drivers, cops and teachers don't.

This is the same crowd that is convinced the rich have our best interest in mind and that its poor that are out to ruin us.

This is the same crowd that claims to fight for freedom, but is sure people who disagree with them have too much.

This is the same crowd that claims the government has to much power in the workplace, but has no problem if the government snoops in your mailbox or bedroom.

Clearly, the country has been taken over by a bunch of confused, scared weaklings who go by the name "Republican" and "conservative."

And in their fear and confusion, they back the powerful over the weak, capital over workers, and emotion over common sense.

God, save us from the panicky, fearful conservatives.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | February 22, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

dcer1, is this the first time you've read the news since America invaded Iraq? What is the fact checker supposed to do about the bush lied statement? bush lied refers to the fact that he lied about massive stockpiles of WMDs in order to justify the War for Haliburton. tard. he did lie, you're the only person in the known universe that hasn't seen the newsflash that came out, oh, several years ago Einstein.
the issue here is that anyone with an IQ over about 54 knows that obama wasn't apologizing for America, he was apologizing for the un-American scumdogs that occupied the White House for eight years before a president was actually elected instead of installed. But see the republitard "leaders" figured out a long time ago that those who vote for them are mindless sheep who are incredibly easy to manipulate, and they will believe absolutely anything as long as it's a republitard saying it. Your party depends on your ignorance to make their transparent propaganda, which is simply a huge pack of lies, work, and the great news is that the sheeple always do their part. They couldn't get away with this on our side over here, because democrats can simply go out and find and read the speeches in question. Repigglets can't forumlate independent thought, so they'd go read it, they'd see that Obama never apologized "for" America, but then rush or glenn would say yes he did, and that's all it takes to sway a peabrain. America - could once again be a great country and as the founding fathers intended if rethuglicons were exiled as they should be.

Posted by: red2million | February 22, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

When Clinton lied no one died! My brothers and sisters are still dying from the bush chaney lies!

Posted by: Woodstocknative | February 22, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama's comments regarding American history are not worthy of a President of the country. He emphasizes the negative, not the strength, courage and sacrifice of this country on its own behalf, and that of many other countries of the world.
Judge those comments for yourself, and parse words if you will, but "apology" seems an apt characterization of them.

10. Apology for Guantanamo in Washington: “There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world. … Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security. It is a rallying cry for our enemies.”

9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA: “So don’t be discouraged by what’s happened in the last few weeks. Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.”

8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas: “Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

7. Apology before the Turkish Parliament: “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. … Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”

6. Apology for Guantanamo in France: “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.”

5. Apology for the War on Terror: “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. … In other words, we went off course.”

4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: “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.”

3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas: “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. … So I’m here to launch a new chapter of engagement that will be sustained throughout my administration. The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made.”

2. Apology to the Muslim World: “We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”

1. Apology to France and Europe: “Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

Posted by: SavingGrace | February 22, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@saving grace:

OH MY DEAR LORD! The President said that Americans 'make mistakes!'

HORRORS! What a terrible thing to say!

Americans make mistakes? No! We're perfect!

Every good mother since the beginning of time has advised her children that moral people admit their mistakes. Christ also gave that guidance to the people who follow him.

We all have a choice -- follow hysterical ignorance, or follow Mom and Jesus.

We see what choice you've made.

It's never to late to change.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | February 22, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

REpublicans are liars?? Wow.. what brain dead person didn't know that already. Oh.. I forgot about Fox viewers..my bad.

Posted by: cmsatown | February 22, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@saving grace -

I'd rather a president acknowledge the truth rather than tell me what I want to hear.

I think conservatives, as a class of people, tend to believe that admitting failure or mistakes, makes one appear weak. The way I see it, if you deny the obvious, you just look foolish.

Posted by: mikem1 | February 22, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

American exceptionalism is based on having the courage and conviction to admit mistakes, take responsibility and provide an example of human rights and freedom people all over the world aspire to. American exceptionalism is a high standard to hold ourselves to, not bragging rights to lord over others.

Posted by: minorthread | February 22, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@saving grace - The problem with your list is everything Obama said was true. And yes, I still love America

Posted by: maurban | February 22, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, I suppose if one is predisposed to find something objectionable in Obama's behavior or utterances it can be found. Lots of folks don't want to be confused by the facts, Glenn. Lots of folks don't understand the concept of context. And whatever you do, don't use words like "nuance." It's too Frenchified, and hey, we HATE them!

I don't believe for a nanosecond that Obama is wonderful or otherwise should be above criticism. And he shouldn't get a pass for his mistakes. I find PLENTY of occasions to disagree with him (Hey, Barack! Start actually LEADING when it comes to the budget!). But the wingnuts' panties are twisted into Gordian knots over everything he says and does. And those things are wrong because it is HE who is saying and doing them. The SAME words out of Bush's mouth would be pearls of wisdom, but when Obama says them, they are poisonous, traitorous spew. Of course they think he's the most divisive president ever (ummmm, guys, wouldn't that in point of historical fact be Lincoln??????)! Obama has divided them from their reason, and so he is divisive. And he apologizes for America, and is a communist, and is Muslim, and was born in Kenya, and . . . and . . .

(Gawd. It never ends.)

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | February 22, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Why would anybody believe in American exceptionalism? Where graft, theft and financial rape is rewarded and war is declared on Joe Six Pack?

This country is being overrun by retards and Neanderthals. There's nothing exceptional about it anymore.

It's a thing of the past. And it died the day the this country elected Bonzo Reagan. Twice.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | February 22, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

America should apologize...for electing a buffoon like Berry Obama. Why does he continue to order the killing of innocent men, women, and children around the world?

Posted by: thatsright2 | February 22, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

EXEPTIONALISM allows you to set up an assassination squad in another country and kill who you wish.

Posted by: fiveinchtaint | February 22, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

And here's my apology tour.

Dear World,

I apologize for the state of politics in the United States that borders on a practical lab on psychosis.

I apologize that we who should be a beacon of freedom, wisdom, and intelligence are being run by a series of media blowhards far more interested in pushing people's emotional buttons than making them really think (it pays a lot better to push buttons).

I apologize that some of our loudest political voices are those of nitwits.

I apologize for the bigger nitwits who elected them.

I apologize that our political discussions degenerate so quickly into demonizing, name calling, and smearing that you may begin to wonder just how large a percentage of Americans are emotionally damaged or worse.

I apologize that the people who run these blogs at the Post (and elsewhere) either have their psychological heads up their posteriors or are deliberately setting the stage for infantile arguments to involve people in the website for the sake of increasing circulation, or so it would seem.

I apologize to the rest of the world that thinks America is Rush Limbaugh and Jerry Springer.

We're not.

What we stand for is far better, far more noble, far more intelligent than that.

The doctrine of Freedom we preach is far too large to fit into the small mind of the above named characters.

We're better than that.

Posted by: RickyGibson | February 22, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day.


You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin.


Chop chop Repugs!


Tou've got two years!


Time's a wastin'!

.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 22, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Most americans are too lazy to take the time to read a quote in context. All they want is reassurance that all those wars we started, and all of our invasions of other countries were justified. Mostly they weren't. Most nations recognize that america is the real rogue nation and the most dangerous nation on the planet. They know our history better than we.

Posted by: jbowen431 | February 22, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

More and more, the "Fact Checker" is sounding like Gibbspeak.

Posted by: JAH3 | February 22, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Only four Pinocchios?

Posted by: thrh | February 22, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's apoligies are a matter of record, recorded on video and audio for all to see.


Posted by: RandyM1"

Got a link, Randy? Your M1 just misfired!

Posted by: thrh | February 22, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Not only is this article just more spin from the liberalites the whole name of this column is deceptive. The name "Fact Checker" is an obvious attempt at using the Politico Fact Check name to give the appearance of objectivity. You progressive scum just cannot do things ethically can you?

Posted by: rightandwrongradio | February 22, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

we have all seen the videos of obama's apology of America to the world...
and seeing is believing...
your cedibility just went up in smoke...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 22, 2011 6:58 AM
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Link, please.

Posted by: zukermand | February 22, 2011 9:24 AM

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

It is now 5:00 PM and we are still waiting for the Link for the Obama apologies that Dwight Collins told us about at 6:58 AM. Me thinks this proves that he is a constant liar.

Posted by: janetal2004gmailcom | February 22, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Not only is this article just more spin from the liberalites the whole name of this column is deceptive. The name "Fact Checker" is an obvious attempt at using the Politico Fact Check name to give the appearance of objectivity. You progressive scum just cannot do things ethically can you?

Posted by: rightandwrongradio
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Instead of resorting to schoolyard name calling, why don't you provide incontrovertible evidence that disproves Kessler's analysis? Until you put forth such an attempt in which you steep your argument in factual evidence, you'll just come across looking like a partisan hack.

Posted by: binaryboy | February 22, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The author is claiming that without Obama actually using the word "apology" that none existed? You haven't convinced many people and you used a lot of words to confirm your bias. Four Pinocchios.

Posted by: Tmmytomato | February 22, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The author is claiming that without Obama actually using the word "apology" that none existed? You haven't convinced many people and you used a lot of words to confirm your bias. Four Pinocchios.

Posted by: Tmmytomato | February 22, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

So... you actually have to SAY the word "apology," or any form thereto, in order for it to actually BE an apology?

And you people call conservatives "thick"?

Wow.

Posted by: jdubyaa | February 22, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It is no different than republican lies about death panels in the health care bill. Anyone point to any person appointed to a death panel? Can they point to a single person killed by a death panel? It is just another republican lie.

Posted by: treefrog2 | February 22, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The Fact Checker needs to check his facts! Who should I believe, the Fact Checker or my own lying eyes and ears. Nice Try.

Posted by: fredtaylor1 | February 22, 2011 5:30 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard of The Apology Tour, I didn't believe it so I went to Google to see if anything had been reported on this. There were more than 10 pages [ about 10 to a page ] on the menu of reports.
Were they all wrong? I believed that after 23 years of hearing Rev. Wright slam & damn the United States, without a word of disagreement from Obama, that the articles on those 10 pages were speaking the truth.
Was I completely fooled? I am not so sure.

Posted by: afed27 | February 22, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Too much extrapolation from a single point (statement) into a line (or lie); just make it any old line (or lie) you want. Then you just try to convince everyone that they should ignore the other given points (statements), as if they do not exist.

Posted by: scrub-brush | February 22, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

After 8 years of Bush I think the world was owed an apology.. not by Obama.. but by the fools who voted for the attention deficit poster child for President.. twice.

Posted by: cmsatown | February 22, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfield and company believed a lie from a wicked and evil Iraqui that resulted in expendititures of over $800. Billion dollars of our tax money on a war that should have never been fought, manipulated the Secretary Of State Colin Powell to present a Lie and false documentation to the United Nations, have caused the death of over 4000 of our finest young men and women, Left many fatherless, and many as widows, have caused the national deficit to balloon, caused the physical and mental disability of over 28000, left us with the bill to care for them over their life time, and now has the gall to speak about President Obama apologising. I would rather take Obama's humility and decency over the arogant and unconciable acts of these brutal beast. Let him understand this " humility is the strength in man to do good to others, His tears during the interview is the weakness arogance exposes unbeknowns to the deceived.

Posted by: samiaelsberesford | February 22, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

They are trying to make Obama look weak by calling him an apologist. I would hope that we don't have to walk around with a chip on our shoulder to impress other countries. It is not weakness to admit ones failures it is a sign of wisdom and a willingness to learn and to be taught and that will ultimate make one MUCH MUCH STRONGER.

The appearances of weakness in Obama then gives the G.O.P. and FOX news the false yet sometimes accepted fallacy of an ad hominem (Latin: "to the man"), is an attempt to link the validity of a premise to a characteristic or belief of the person advocating the premise.

They can not attack his reasoning his policies with logic so they must resort to attacking the man with fallacies.

An nobody ever call them on it in the press, they just let slide by like it was not news.

When was the last time you hit your wife, by the way???

Posted by: DGJeep | February 22, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Since some readers are strongly suggesting bias in this report, I just want to note that in the past month I have nine times critically focused on Democrats (mostly Obama) and eight times on Republicans. I really follow the facts to reach my conclusions. Take a look at my column on money to Egypt (http://bit.ly/fiqc7E)
or on Obama's language on the budget (http://bit.ly/i7kRwh). I don't think they pleased the Obama administration.

We need to keep an open mind here. Politicians in both parties play fast and loose with words and figures; neither has a monopoly on the truth. Don't judge this column by a single article. Over time, I am certain you that you will not detect a political leaning either left or right.

Posted by: glennkessler | February 22, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Exceptionalism is just another name for arrogance, the belief that we can do whatever we want without having to answer to God or man.

Posted by: drazen1 | February 22, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate your good faith effort to provide a documentation of the facts. I appreciate even more the evidence for why your work is necessary as I read some of the comments your analysis evoked. It is increasingly clear to me that facts are not of interest to those who are deeply opposed to President Obama. They appear to not only welcome the misinformation and disinformation, but insist on it. They should not expect those of us in search of facts to view their comments as germane or impartial. I keep remembering those 8 years of being told that not supporting President Bush was "unpatriotic". Sobering times, these...

Posted by: pbkritek | February 22, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the apology tour did happen. Everytime I heard Obama apologize to foreign audiences for the horrors caused by the country, I would cringe. I'm sorry. You can't erase history. These speeches are on video.

Posted by: bethg1841 | February 22, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at how people automatically believe what they see on TV or Utube.

After reading this article, I googled Obama apology tour video and watched several presentations. Every one was clearly edited and left out the parts that Mr. Kessler noted. Quoting out of context is a political ploy to make an opponent look as though he is betraying some principle or value, even though that is not what he is
saying. If you read the entire speech, it is not an apology for anything.

I don't doubt that sometimes the Post and other newspapers slant their coverage, but not nearly as much as the Fox-created videos I viewed. In addition, the Post opinion writers are writing their OPINIONS and are ALWAYS viewed as "liberal" or "conservative." FOX "news" is supposed to be impartial, but is is clearly slanted toward extreme conservativism. As a result, these opinion articles immediately set off the political amateur pundits who can't resist slamming the "other side." (The articles and comments also set off some centrists too!)

Questions for all these posters:

Why make it MORE difficult to negotiate and come to a consensus in this great country?
Why can't we just sit down and talk about similarities and work forward from there?
Why do we value ideology more than negotiation?
Why are we so polarized now?
Who is responsible for that?
Who can PROVE that stubborn adherence to a certain ideology makes for a better country and better living conditions?
What can each of us do for our country that helps improve our nation, even on a small scale?
Can we offer help to our neighbors or schools and community organizations to improve our freedoms?
Can we reverse the culture of discourtesy, rudeness, and even hate that we now seem to have?

In my perhaps-not-so-humble opinion, cooperation works a lot better than refusing to work with others. When anyone digs in his/her heels and refuses to even consider others' opinions and thoughts, that person has become part of the problem, not part of the solution. And these types of people appear on BOTH sides of any situation. Because of their extreme positions and their refusal to negotiate, they are clearly NOT looking for what is best for America.

I wish I could apologize for them...

Posted by: shayladane | February 22, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

FactChecker is way behind the power curve. Conservative posters have been whining about an "apology tour" for over a year.

Anything to bash Obama. Make it up if they have to but gotta have something to bash about.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 22, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

All of America needs a tutorial on exactly what is meant by American exceptionalism. It isn't wearing a flag pin, flying a flag outside your house (often desecrating it in the process), shouting USA! USA!, nor even believing America is “just the best country ever!”. I believe America is exceptional because of our democratic values, constitution and laws; our ability to constantly seek that “more perfect Union.” What I find truly pathetic is that the fundamental pillars of that exceptionalism are under constant attack by the far right. They have worked to systematically dismantle and weaken our press (lamestream media… if they tell the truth and not what you want to hear, it must be biased), our judicial system (activist judges), and our system of government (the government of the people is the enemy… how can that be?). The far right fringe thinks they are in a war, that liberals (their fellow Americans, their neighbors and coworkers) are the enemy even though they can’t effectively define why they think that… “they just are.” If it is a war, it is a war without honor.

"Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy; our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over 200 years ago. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' That is the true genius of America." - Barack Obama

Posted by: epmc | February 22, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Dear samiaelsberesford on your post:

You left out tens of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of dead Iraqis as collateral damage, the thousands of children killed and maimed that will fuel the next generation of terrorists, and the thousands of parents killed and maimed that will make their children the NEXT generation of terrorists.

Posted by: RickyGibson | February 22, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

51% of GOP primary voters believe Obama was not born in the USA. 70% of Republicans approve of Sarah Palin. The USA is in 26th place in the world for science and education.

Posted by: stecroix | February 22, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Here you go again re-writng history!
I heard the same thing that foreign citizens heard and neither one of us heard President Obama defend the US for all they have done to fight tyranny and bring individual freedoms to people and nations around the world.
Parsing what PO said is one thing, but what he didn't say is more important!

Posted by: rteske | February 22, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

51% of GOP primary voters believe Obama was not born in the USA. 70% of Republicans approve of Sarah Palin. The USA is in 26th place in the world for science and education.

Posted by: stecroix

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And it's also amazing how the highly educated voted Democrat while the uneducated voted Republican.

Conclusion; The GOP loves the uneducated; their beliefs and morals are so easy to manipulate.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | February 22, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at all of these repugnitards who post that the WAPO and the MSM is a tool of the left; then they conveniently leave out FOX (The GOP "wet dream" Pravda)in their rantings.

Little do they know (they don't know much in the first place), everytime they click, the WAPO makes more money.

If they hate the WAPO so much, then why do they post here? By coming to this site, they've earned the title of Republitards and they wear it like a badge of honor.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | February 22, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The Teaparty Taliban cherry-picks its Commandments like it does it's holy scriptures and the Constitution. In this case it's their Ninth which they think God hired K-Street lawyers to argue exceptions just for them like their Lord Cheney's mentor-ship to "get around the law."

Posted by: areyousaying | February 22, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

we have all seen the videos of obama's apology of America to the world...
and seeing is believing...
your cedibility just went up in smoke...

Posted by: DwightCollins

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Post me a link to that video or transcript, DC. I'm sure the Freepers must have enshrined those words so it shouldn't be too hard to find.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 22, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should forgive Dwight Collins for his incessant hatred of Obama. It is, after all, part of his Latino heritage to hate and scapegoat people with darker skin. He's just another "product of his generation" who the Teaparty Taliban hopes will die off soon without health insurance and Social Security.

Posted by: areyousaying | February 22, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It is no different than republican lies about death panels in the health care bill. Anyone point to any person appointed to a death panel? Can they point to a single person killed by a death panel? It is just another republican lie.

Posted by: treefrog2

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Dear treefrog2,

Yes, I CAN point to a death panel. It's in Arizona where state funding was pulled for organ transplant patients who cannot otherwise afford the medical costs.

Don't take my word for it. Check it out for yourself, as well as the political party responsible for it. I'll give you a hint--its name starts with the letter "G".

Posted by: RickyGibson | February 22, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Sc&mbag politics. Batchit bigots love it. Some of them can't get enough - which is why we have Fox "News" which gives them the sc&mbag politics aromatic stench whenever they tune in. They'd eat this crap instead of food if they could! (And perhaps they should, considering what lazy lardbuts most of these braindead couch potatoes are).

Posted by: jakrdy | February 22, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I am glad I read so many saying it first. The fact checker is contradicting what I saw and heard at the time. I think I remember him bowing to the Japanese. I think I remember him saying on occasions that America interfered when it should not have....

Posted by: 1bmffwb

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You think.

I think all of you who keep braying about what you think you saw or heard should post links as proof.

Citations. Links. Transcripts. Please.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 22, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

You saw it? What exactly did you see? You saw a man of color represent the US and that made you upset? He has a funny name so that angered you? You have only seen his birth certificate 3 times, so you really aren't sure, and that burdens you?

Were you upset when he bowed to the Saudi king? Is that what did it? Why weren't you upset, then, when Bush held his hand like he was his lady in waiting, through the White House garden, pointing out the pretty purple flowers and whispering sweet nothings into his hear - "I know you funded the terrorist strikes on 9/11, but that's okay. We won't hurt you."

You say your angry. Rumsfeld just released a document saying there was about a 5% to 10% chance that the intel to go to war was factual. And you're angry because Obama doesn't stand on a pedestal every day and scream "I love America and everyone else should too!" Our previous president is responsible for the needless deaths of over 4000 service men and women. We should be ashamed as Americans, ashamed that he and his administration walk free.
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Too sickening to even respond with anything but "you are a walking poster child for the fact that liberalism is truly a disease".

Posted by: steelers01 | February 22, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

God Bless America... And, no place else. (Thank you, Chris Rock)

Posted by: leigh3 | February 22, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Batchit bigots think the word "fact" is as odious as the words "democrat" and "rational". Isn't that right, Duh-White and furball60 (hack).

Posted by: jakrdy | February 22, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

@saving grace:

OH MY DEAR LORD! The President said that Americans 'make mistakes!'

HORRORS! What a terrible thing to say!

Americans make mistakes? No! We're perfect!

Every good mother since the beginning of time has advised her children that moral people admit their mistakes. Christ also gave that guidance to the people who follow him.

We all have a choice -- follow hysterical ignorance, or follow Mom and Jesus.

We see what choice you've made.

It's never to late to change.
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And for all of his bowing and apologizing...this is the only thing you came away with? Hope you are not a mother.

Posted by: steelers01 | February 22, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the apology tour did happen. Everytime I heard Obama apologize to foreign audiences for the horrors caused by the country, I would cringe. I'm sorry. You can't erase history. These speeches are on video.

Posted by: bethg1841
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Post links. Should be easy if they are on video as you say.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 22, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Listen up, conservatives. You've had close to fifty years of bellowing "My country right or wrong." It's warped your minds. You seem to think that American exceptionalism is the belief that only the United States is incapable or wrongdoing. Let's talk history, a subject you really need to study.
First, Stephen Decatur, a naval hero, offered the toast from which the "right or wrong" quotation is taken. What he really said was "Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong." That is, he hoped that the United States would always be right (in the sense of "just") in dealing with other countries, but he also acknowledged the possibility that the United States might not be right--but he would remain loyal.
American exceptionalism begins with John Winthrop (I could take it back to Captain John Smith, but Winthrop was more explicit.) He told those who were going with him to settle in Massachusetts that they would be as a city upon a hill. What Reagan didn't mention when he used that phrase was that Wintrhop was telling the Separatists that the whole world would be watching them as an example, and it was critical that they form their colony and live on the principles of Christian love. Anything less, he said, would cause God to turn from them and the world to take them as a joke.
As long as I'm quoting, I'll quote another great man--my father: "It's okay to make a mistake as long as you own up to it and learn from it."

Posted by: amstphd | February 22, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

And for all of his bowing and apologizing...this is the only thing you came away with? Hope you are not a mother.

Posted by: steelers01
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Citations, links, transcripts. Please.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 22, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Now will you write an article that Obama never bowed to to the Saudi prince?

Posted by: gman6 | February 22, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

And for all of his bowing and apologizing...this is the only thing you came away with? Hope you are not a mother.

Posted by: steelers01 | February 22, 2011 8:17 PM
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Steelers01, when he bowed to world leaders, it wasn't to submit to them and to try to weaken America. It was to show respect! Good Lord, what is so hard to understand about that?

Mr. Kessler, you did a fantastic job writing this article. I'm glad someone finally spoke out against this nonsense that Obama is somehow apologizing for America.

I think it's legitimate to criticize the spending under Obama. It's legitimate to criticize his handling of the oil spill, etc. It's gotten so bad however, that people are criticizing his every move, even his wife's moves! There is a blind hatred of this President that I think is growing dangerous. I'm not going to defend my side, though, because they were pretty nasty to Bush as well.

That said, read above. Read what Bush said! According to Mr. Kessler, "Bush called the U.S. constitution flawed and said that America is still troubled by the legacy of slavery". If Obama said those words, the conservatives would have never let it go.

Besides, you hear him say these things that you perceive as "apologies", without considering the context, and yet he has said many, many things praising America and it's ideals, but you must have your fingers in your ears like children when they are told to eat their peas. Why do you ignore that? You don't believe it, most likely, yet you are willing to believe that he doesn't like America because he apparently apologizes, when he's really not apologizing. Let's face it. So many of you are so partisan that your hatred of this man causes you to abandon all reason and logic.

I love my country enough to admit when it makes mistakes. Any good parent would do that for their children. Any parent who effusively praises their children and thinks they can do no wrong is usually a lousy parent.

In these instances where you believe he is apologizing, hasn't it occurred to you that he feels his country can do better, because he feels it is so exceptional? Of course not, because that would conflict with your philosophy of "hate-anything-and-everything-the-liberal-does-or-says". I'm not going to go as far as to call conservatives racist, because I don't believe that, but I do see in many on the right a hatred of anything that conflicts with and opposes their worldview. It's not healthy.

Posted by: rednaxela1 | February 22, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

You saw it? What exactly did you see? You saw a man of color represent the US and that made you upset? He has a funny name so that angered you? You have only seen his birth certificate 3 times, so you really aren't sure, and that burdens you?

Were you upset when he bowed to the Saudi king? Is that what did it? Why weren't you upset, then, when Bush held his hand like he was his lady in waiting, through the White House garden, pointing out the pretty purple flowers and whispering sweet nothings into his hear - "I know you funded the terrorist strikes on 9/11, but that's okay. We won't hurt you."

You say your angry. Rumsfeld just released a document saying there was about a 5% to 10% chance that the intel to go to war was factual. And you're angry because Obama doesn't stand on a pedestal every day and scream "I love America and everyone else should too!" Our previous president is responsible for the needless deaths of over 4000 service men and women. We should be ashamed as Americans, ashamed that he and his administration walk free.

Posted by: pathfinder12


VERY WELL PUT, PATHFINDER12.

And to Steelers01, I bet you tune into and enjoy the same garbage on Fox "News that Poplawski did. Really warms the cockles of your heart.

Posted by: jakrdy | February 22, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The Neocon con artists are still selling their 'elixer'. It's the same old garbage, just warmed over for the new suckers.
Pitiful stuff.

Posted by: kacameron | February 22, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The politicians who have embarrassed us are the Republicans. We have a past president who can't set foot in Switzerland without getting arrested, and Republican congressman who treat our president as if he's their janitor.

Shame on them and on the sc&mbags opportunists who know and care nothing of Gadaffi, waterboarding, and war crimes and come here simply to lynch the president, his wife, and democracy.

Posted by: jakrdy | February 22, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I apologize to the world for the teabaggers; we hope that if they lose the 2012 election they will finally make good on their sore loser threats to secede and leave our country. We hope one day they will move far away to form their bigoted idiocracy and take Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Batchit Bachman, Bill O'Reilly, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Addicus Graves Wilson and his Sons of the Confederacy and the unduly elected president not only of Fox "News" but of the willfully ignorant, Roger Ailes (a/k/a Cartman on Crack)with them.

Posted by: jakrdy | February 22, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

RENT THE DOCUMENTARY

BOOGIE MAN: THE LEE ATWATER STORY

Same old crap. At least Mr. Atwater felt remorse after he became ill and felt true sorrow; one can't say the same for Roger Ailes an his cohorts though. They are the rightful owners of "sc&mbag politics" and their souls have given "sc&mbag politics" its name.

Posted by: jakrdy | February 22, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

i became a republican when someone threw an 'i like ike' button off a truck and i scrabbled to pick it up out of the dirt when i was 6 yrs old out front of my elementary school in a little town in idaho. i always liked the simple agenda of republicans: less government and less taxes. then along came karl rove and bush. rove is about winning. winning is good. everyone likes to win. but it was obvious karl rove never played a sport where he learned about playing by some rules, playing fair, honestly. he never learned sportmanship. he would not qualify as much of a sportman. i voted for bush because i was a republican but i'll never do that again. i am not a democrat. i am liberal but not a democrat. my sisters are on welfare now because of democratic policies. i mean my sisters have always been on some sort of government assistance. i don't know why they could not have just gotten jobs but as long as the govenment gives them free money i guess there really is no reason to get a job. so i am not really in favor of the 'help' that is offered to my sisters and many like them who could do something with their lives.

karl rove also did something else that is harmful for america. he devises ways to divide us. to make us take up fights against our neighbors for things we may or may not really believe or even care about. he dreams up senerios akin to meterors slamming into the earth and wiping out mankind. it makes everyone afraid but what are the chances of it happening? 'who cares' think karl rove and people like him. 'we are trying to win and election here.'

Obama most likely will go down as one of America's greatest presidents in spite of the spineless demos in both houses and the republicans can see they really can't do any better. bush got us into the wars and financial mess we are in. another republican could not have done any better than Obama to get us out of the ongoing war in Afghanistan

Posted by: howardski | February 22, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I've got news for the extremist Republican party:


Now that you have some actual power again (the House) you won't be able to get away with spending all of your time throwing verbal bombs at the Dems, going golfing and then hitting the DC cocktail circuit at night every day.


You either CREATE JOBS or you will be gone in 2012 so fast that your heads will spin.


Chop chop Repugs!


Tou've got two years!


Time's a wastin'!

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Posted by: DrainYou | February 22, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

An Honest Man , would do the right thing... an A Quality Man of Character, not some pathetic Coward who cannot apologize ... We dont want or need a Dictator who is reckless and Careless... those are the kind who cannot apologize... are war crimes under the republikkkorp regime... is self defined in the books of bush and rumsfeld.. good ol g dumbya and dumbsfeld.

Posted by: Bush4Democratsnow | February 23, 2011 12:26 AM | Report abuse

War Crimes , Torture... Dbl Standards on Geneva Convention , ring a bell ? So the Romeney the mormon pawn, and Palenty wouldnt apologize to our allies and the world? even Hitler didnt apologize ... so what is there left to say ?
That is the reason they dont want Obama to apologize.. they dont want to be charged ...with the war crimes.
There should be a closed hearings on a panel of war crimes...not by congress , but by the attorney general, a selected sup ct hand picked , and Obama and a couple of others like Hillary , and bring forth Charges. then when found guilty turn them over to Iraq to be tried, and to France and other Countries before the U.N.

Posted by: Bush4Democratsnow | February 23, 2011 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama is a plain speaking politician. He is a plain and straightforward American icon. He is as much concerned about and dedicated to preserve and protect the esteem of the country as his predecessors, if not more. Faultfinding is a never-ending cycle of political rhetoric of today. The correspondent has penned the article with tremendous maturity, sagacity and logic.

Posted by: 390020 | February 23, 2011 4:21 AM | Report abuse

In reading the comments, the one thing that becomes clear to me is people will believe what they want to believe regardless of facts. The article gives exact quotes and sources still many choose to go with their beliefs.

Posted by: dagumpster | February 23, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Now will you write an article that Obama never bowed to to the Saudi prince?

Posted by: gman6 | February 22, 2011 9:03 PM _____________________________________
How about an article about the Saudi prince who was so close to the Bush crime family that they referred to him as "Bandar Bush"? A bow used to be called "a courtesy" and that's exactly what it remains. It wasn't and isn't a gesture of subservience.
No wonder so many people in the world think that Americans need to get over themselves.

Posted by: jlhare1 | February 23, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Studies show that when people are presented with actual facts that counter a held belief, they will deny the facts and cling even more to their belief.

Many of the comments here prove that. Mr. Kessler did a careful and thoughtful job of researching the facts, yet conservatives dismiss them, accuse him of bias and offer no proof to support their claims.

They can't find one quote of Obama actually apologizing, yet because they heard such accusations on talk radio or Fox news, they believe it without verification.

Conclusion: reality doesn't matter when you feel it more important to cling to a political opinion.

Posted by: LestWeThink | February 23, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the futility of using facts, reason, logic, or reality when discussing anything with the Right...

Posted by: Rocket88 | February 23, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

This is a good column, except for one statement. "The assertion feeds into a subterranean narrative that Obama, with his exotic, mixed-race background, is not really American in the first place" seems not to work in a factchecking column. Unless you can document all of it.

Posted by: MichaelKoplowChicago | February 23, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I read his comments in context at the link the article posted http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2009/06/Barack-Obamas-Top-10-Apologies-How-the-President-Has-Humiliated-a-Superpower

I do believe the phrase "apology tour" is totally appropriate even if he never used the word apology.

If it was characterized as the "America Eats Crow Pie" tour would you complain that not a single crow was eaten?

Posted by: Publicola1 | February 23, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Glenn:
Thank you for this Excellent refutation of the fairy tale being hoaxed upon the public by the likes of Karl Rove, Fox News and the hard right-wing in politics.
I read both Rove's article and the list of 10 "apologies" the Heritage Foundation is trying to propagandize America with.
These people remind me of that old bromide about the blind examining an elephant.
Just because they cry, "My country, right or wrong!" doesn't mean that America is always right or has always dealt with the world in a fair and equitable leadership position.
Because we haven't.
The recent revelations about the so-called "reasons" for the Iraqi invasion being shown to be false are a good example.
America's been off-beam for quite a few years -- a good 30 years, at least.
Our uneducated populace is easily fooled because, while they got a decent start in life with a good basic education, they failed to develop values that mirror the real America and they quit continuing education by losing a grip on the real world.
As a result, they think patriotistic feelings trump reason.
Thus, they have been fair game for the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and other such political opportunists.
A significant minority of folks in this country simply are not mature enough to be adult citizens able to make rational judgments in the ballot box.
We as a nation have allowed this deterioration of the national populace and we are now paying a price for neglecting this attempt to overthrow our country funded by corporations.
Thank you for calling them out and calling this spade the rusty ole piece of cast-iron that it is.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | February 23, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe we are still blaming everything on Bush the washington post or for that matter any news organization needs to try to find something that Obama has done to bring America together like Pres. Reagan did after Carter we were split I heard talk of sessation then times were tuff but Regan made most of america proud with-out having to have some news paper try to change how we feel. It is no secret obama does not respect the constitution our the USA most of us now know that but nice try.

Posted by: Rick1074 | February 24, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I can asure you that all of the presidents for-mentioned had their fair share of attacks none more than George Bush or Bill Clinton I know I was there yet their love of America as your numbers show were not just a little better but by what most would call a landslide most people are able to see when someone has passion for their country he just does not possibly had something to do with his age who he hung around I meen I dont think it would take to many visits with bill ayers or his preacher to influence a young man in a way that he lacked respect for the USA I took a chance and was willing to look past but there is no question now. the World does not respect him they like him but don't respect him.

Posted by: Rick1074 | February 24, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Interesting how the far-right wingers think that repeating the "apology tour" lie over and over in the comments section of this article will somehow make the lie true. Fact-Check would run out of Pinocchio's if it awarded all those who deserved them.

Posted by: Spacer | February 24, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

F@#$% these nbloody guys Long line US

Posted by: shan2571 | February 25, 2011 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Actually the closest thing that he came to apologizing for wasn't the US. It was Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush, and no one can state with a straight face and a clear conscience that they didn't constantly create situations that require sincere, humble apologies. The Cheney/Rumsfeld apology tour stretches back the whole way to Reagan's invasion of Central America.

Posted by: dkmjr | March 1, 2011 1:15 AM | Report abuse

If Obama truly loved America he would never admit that it ever made any mistakes and just continue making them.

Posted by: linusbern | March 1, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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