The Bush Apology Tour

One of the truly idiotic memes spewing forth from Republicans these days is their outrage — outrage, I tell you — about President Obama’s mythical “apology tour.” As many have pointed out, he did no such thing. But Andrew Sullivan points out that Bush did, several times. Here he was apologizing to Iraq after American soldiers used the Quran for target practice:

President Bush has apologized to Iraq’s prime minister for an American sniper’s shooting of a Quran, and the Iraqi government called on U.S. military commanders to educate their soldiers to respect local religious beliefs.

Bush’s spokeswoman said Tuesday that the president apologized during a videoconference Monday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who told the president that the shooting of Islam’s holy book had disappointed and angered both the Iraqi people and their leaders.

“He apologized for that in the sense that he said that we take it very seriously,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “We are concerned about the reaction. We wanted them to know that the president knew that this was wrong.”

And for slavery:

“Human beings delivered, sorted, weighed, branded with marks of commercial enterprises and loaded as cargo on a voyage without return,” Mr. Bush said. “One of the largest migrations in history was also one of the greatest crimes of history.” The president recited a litany of Africans and African Americans who made contributions to American society, from the arts to politics: abolitionist Frederick Douglass, slave-poet Phillis Wheatley and Martin Luther King Jr.

“The stolen sons and daughters of Africa helped to awaken the conscience of America,” he said. Mr. Bush did not apologize for slavery but noted Americans throughout history “clearly saw this sin and called it by name.”

And here’s the first President Bush apologizing for the Japanese internment during WW2. Clearly, both Bushes were showing “weakness” and “appeasing” people and are therefore responsible for every bad thing that has happened since those apologies. Of course, Obama didn’t apologize at all, he merely admitted that America had made mistakes. And the right wing hates it when anyone does that — well, when any Democrat does that.

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  • Randomfactor

    I loved it when Paul Ryan’s explanation of Romney’s “47-percent” remarks was dubbed HIS apology tour.

  • lofgren

    OH NO, now that they perceive our weakness, the sansei 5th column will rise up and attack!

  • Michael Heath

    Consider this fact: The predominant premises MItt Romney asserts on why we should not for President Obama are demonstrably all false, both when it comes to foreign policy and domestic/economic policy. Two of these false premises are also central to the book that he wrote, the big lie that President Obama claims the U.S. is not exceptional and the big lie President Obama apologizes in an unprecedented manner; where Mr. Romney also lies about certain Obama statements that has Romney falsely claiming they’re apologies when in fact those Obama statements are not.

    This an illustrative example why I stridently assert the need to formally teach critical thinking skills as stand-alone curriculum item as regularly as we teach English, math, and science. Here we have a person running for office who is demonstrably unable to make a honest case for himself, and therefore resorts to lying, where he’s almost wholly dependent on false premises to build his case. Where nearly half the country will be fine with that and vote for him.

  • d cwilson

    If any president should spend the rest of his life traveling around the world and apologizing, It’s George W. Bush.

  • AndrewD

    The only place George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Tony Blair should be travelling to is The International Criminal Court to answer charges of War crimes and Crimes against Humanity. The can apologise after the Hearings.

  • Freeman

    Re: #4 and #5:

    Slavery isn’t the only thing that the “conscience of America” “clearly saw this sin and called it by name.”

  • dan4

    “Mr. Bush did not apologize for slavery…”

    Uh, as you can see, this does not exactly represent Bush “apologizing” for slavery.