With his poll numbers sinking, Mitt Romney took desperation action earlier this week by falsely claiming that the U.S. Embassy in Cairo had issued a statement expressing sympathy for protesters who were agitated by a YouTube video allegedly produced by right-wing anti-Islamic activists in the suburbs of Los Angeles that besmirched the Prophet Mohammed.
The embassy issued the statement at 6 a.m., East Coast time, before the protests in Cairo had turned violent. After 10 p.m. in the East Coast, fully 16 hours after the Cairo embassy’s initial statement — during which Team Romney had plenty of time to deliberate and discuss what to do — they issued a statement condemning the embassy for expressing sympathy with “those who waged the attacks,” even though they knew the attacks had not begun when the embassy released its statement.
In a subsequent press availability, Romney deliberately used the word “apology” or variations of it five times to describe the embassy’s statement — which did not include the word “apology” or any variation or sentiment thereof. During the news conference, Romney also made it clear that he held Pres. Obama accountable, not only for the embassy’s “apology,” but for anything and everything anyone who worked for administration said:
MITT ROMNEY: It’s their administration that spoke, The president takes responsibility not just for the words that come from his mouth but also for the words that come from his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies, from his State Department. They clearly sent mixed messages to the world.
From the outset of his campaign during the primaries, one of the Big Lies Romney has repeated quite often is the assertion that Pres. Obama went on an “apology tour” in which he supposedly expressed shame for American greatness. It doesn’t matter that this lie has been debunked by fact checker after fact checker (after fact checker), Romney still trots it out whenever he can, including during his acceptance speech in Tampa.
But while it is true that Obama has never “apologized for America” as Romney and the Foxbots claim, their own George Bush apologized on behalf of America — as did “his ambassadors, from his administration, from his embassies … his State Department” — many times. Here are a few:
Incidents in which George W. Bush or members of his administration apologized to Muslims and/or foreign governments:
- June 29, 2001: Bush apologizes for Muslim leader’s removal from the White House
- April 11, 2001: Bush administration apologizes to China over spy plane incident
- Nov. 28, 2002: Bush Apologizes to Koreans for killing of two girls by G.I.’s
- Aug. 15, 2003: U.S. military leaders apologize to Shiites over clash
- Sept. 13, 2003: U.S. apologizes to Iraqis for friendly fire killings, but perhaps too little, too late
- May 7, 2004: Bush apologizes for Iraqi prisoner abuse
- April 21, 2006: Bush apologizes to Chinese Pres. Hu after Hu was heckled by a protester
- Sept. 24, 2006: Bush State Department apologizes for incident with Venezuelan official
- Feb. 23, 2007: Bush administration apologizes for arrest of son of Iraqi politician
- Aug. 24, 2007: Bush administration apologizes for improper detention of Iraqi refugee
- Nov. 27, 2007: U.S. military under Bush apologizes for killing Iraqi civilians
- Feb. 21, 2008: Bush State Department apologizes to British government for misinformation on rendition flights
- March 3, 2008: Bush apologizes to Mubarak for Suez shooting
- May 21, 2008: Bush Apologizes to Iraqi prime minister over Quran “target practice”
- Sept. 17, 2008: Bush administration apologizes for Afghan civilian deaths