FACT CHECK: Romney Repeats Debunked Claim About Apologizing for America
Tonight, Mitt Romney once again repeated his long-debunked claim that President Obama apologized for America. But as independent fact-checkers have exhaustively said over and over again, the “apology tour” never happened.
REALITY: INDEPENDENT FACT CHECKERS HAVE REPEATEDLY CRITICIZED ROMNEY FOR INVENTING CLAIMS OBAMA APOLOGIZED FOR AMERICA
Washington Post Fact Check: Romney’s “Claim That Obama Repeatedly Has Apologized For The United States Is Not Borne Out By The Facts…The Apology Tour Never Happened.” “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 … Note to GOP speechwriters and campaign ad makers: The apology tour never happened.” [Washington Post Fact Checker, 2/22/11]
Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact: Romney’s Claim That Obama Apologized For America In His Speeches Was False; “There’s Not A Full-Throated, Sincere Apology In The Bunch.” “Here, we're checking Romney's statement that Obama ‘has apologized for what he deems to be American arrogance, dismissiveness, and derision’ and a host of other reasons. If you think American presidents should never admit to any sort of error at any time, you might find yourself in philosophical agreement with Romney's criticisms. We set out to discover whether Obama really had apologized in his speeches, and what he was apologizing for. But in our review of his words, we came up short. Yes, there is criticism in some of his speeches, but it's typically leavened by praise for the United States and its ideals, and often he mentions other countries and how they have erred as well. There's not a full-throated, sincere apology in the bunch. And so we rate Romney's statement False.” [Politifact, 3/15/10]
Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact: Romney’s “Pants On Fire” Attack Claiming Obama Went On An Apology Tour Was “A Ridiculous Charge.” “On the substance of Romney’s charge, we believe that what we wrote in March 2010 still stands. While Obama's speeches contained some criticisms of past U.S. actions, those passages were typically leavened by praise for the United States and its ideals, and he frequently mentioned how other countries have erred as well. We found not a single, full-throated apology in the bunch. And on the new angle he added -- that the trips were intended to offer the president a forum to apologize to other countries -- we think it’s a ridiculous charge. There’s a clear difference between changing policies and apologizing, and Obama didn’t do the latter. So we rate Romney’s statement Pants on Fire.” [Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact, 6/3/11]
Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact Debunked Romney’s Apology Tour Attack A Third Time, Giving It Another “Pants On Fire” Rating After He Repeated His “Ridiculous Charge” That President Obama Had Gone On An Apology Tour. [Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact, 9/22/11]
New York Times: President Obama Has Offered “A Robust Defense Of American Policies.” “It is true that early in his term, Mr. Obama promised to abandon policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush, on issues like the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and a foreign policy in Iraq and elsewhere that Mr. Obama described as unilateral. But it is hard to find evidence that Mr. Obama ever said he was “sorry” for the United States. And in some speeches, notably after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Mr. Obama offered a robust defense of American policies, including the war in Afghanistan.” [New York Times, 09/22/11]