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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Obama the apologizer

A year ago, the Wash. Post Fact Checker announced:
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 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. ... Four Pinocchios
But now the same newspaper no longer denies the apologies, and has moved on to apologizing for the apologies. The Wash. Post reports:
The president’s “I’m sorry,” for U.S. military involvement in the burning of copies of the Koran, has resonated in Kabul and on the campaign trail, where Republicans have been using it to support their claim that he is more interested in apologizing for American mistakes than in defending American power.

But Obama’s decision to apologize sprang from a mix of principle and pragmatism, the hallmarks of presidential apologies over the years. ...

“When someone is in the presidency, they own that property,” Dallek said. “And it’s incumbent on them to address any national embarrassment. It’s not as if this country is flawless, without blame or sin.”

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