June 3rd, 2009
05:38 PM ET

Romney: Obama too apologetic about U.S. overseas. Is he right?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As President Obama gets ready to address the Muslim world in Cairo tomorrow, one Republican is accusing him of being too apologetic about America's past mistakes. Mitt Romney refers to it as a "tour of apology," and says that of course the U.S. makes mistakes, but that it's inappropriate to "go around the world apologizing."

The former - and perhaps future - Republican presidential candidate says there's nothing wrong with showing our respect for the Muslim world. But he thinks President Obama should spend more time talking about the sacrifices the U.S. has made for other countries - like during World War II.

Romney points to an interview that the president gave on Arabic TV where he said the U.S. had dictated to the world; and he says a British newspaper declared Obama the president who's the most critical of his own country while on foreign soil.

The former Massachusetts Governor says this would be a "most unfortunate distinction at any time," but especially now - when this should be a time for "strength and confidence."

It's worth pointing out that Romney's own foreign policy experience is negligible. But he has no shortage of opinions when it comes to the Middle East, North Korea and missile defense.

He insists he's not running for 2012 now - but rather working to get Republicans elected. Might be easier to run for president.

Here’s my question to you: Is Mitt Romney right when he says Pres. Obama is too apologetic about the U.S. overseas?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Randy from Ontario writes:
After the disastrous reign of George W. Bush and his frightening cohorts, a little humility from the president is a refreshing change that the rest of the world appreciates. Mr. Romney's remarks only serve to reinforce the sense of relief that the Republicans and their condescending, self-righteous attitude are no longer speaking for America.

Jim writes:
Jack, Mitt Romney never had to please or apologize. His travels through life were made possible by a wealthy family and those connections. By contrast, Obama had to overcome numerous obstacles and gain traction through his own efforts. From his "gated life," Romney accuses Obama of apologizing for America. It is Romney who should be apologizing for his "silver spoon" understanding of America.

Allen writes:
Obama needs to shut his mouth. It's scary to think this inexperienced guy is representing America. Please help us all to get through these next 4 years.

Mark from Voorhees, New Jersey writes:
Everyone has this issue wrong: We, and Obama, should not apologize for the U.S., but for having had Bush and his cabal running this country for eight years. The Iraqis paid a heavy price for having Saddam as their leader. We are paying the price now, and perhaps forever, for Bush.

Steve from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania writes:
We screwed up, plain and simple. If Romney wants to call Obama's diplomatic damage control "apologetic" then it just proves that he enjoys watching America's reputation spiral down the drain. Forget him.

I. from Detroit writes:
Please tell Mitt "Plastic Man" Romney to talk about what he knows. Modesty and international respect are clearly not his strong points, and he should neither dabble in nor babble about such matters. Ask the pirates if President Obama has been "apologetic".

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. alexy

    Mit is out of the touch politian...he wants his name to be remembered till 2012, may be it's time for him to start his primery with Rush, Newt and himself.



    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  2. Kitten

    jack, Obama is definitely NOT too apologetic overseas. America's biggest downfall or reason why so many have come to despise, mistrust and/or hate America is the overly aggressive, bullying mentality and language that Americans are the only "people" in this world and that America is th world.

    Let us face it, America like many EU countries are not innocent of innocent blood. Think Africa. Think MLK days when blacks were being killed like not even dogs becaus edogs are treated human.

    America has FINALLY gotten themselves a president with soem compassion and common sense to start trying to treat others, regardless of our differences like people. can we for once be thankkful and stop mournign so much?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  3. John Relic Goodyear AZ

    I am a Republican but I do not agree with those who believe everything the President does is inherently wrong. His approach to communication, reconciliation and respect seems prudent but I do believe it is a slippery slope when you appear apologetic when you represent the country that has done more for the development of other countries than any other in history.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  4. Marlin Hammonds

    Marlin Hammonds Tennessee
    Mo i don't agree with ronmey or the republican talking line! Yes we have made some mistakes over the years with other nations and yes we meant well! But best way to recover a friendship is to admit your mistakes and try to do better! Don't you do that when you have made a mistake and want to build a new relationship! It's not hard to figure out!!!!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  5. Tracey Scott

    Yes he is being WAY to apologetic! I appreciate that he wants to make sure the US has friendlier relationships with the rest of the world. But he is causing us to be weaker NOT stronger. He is not gaining respect, but lessening HIS status as one easy to walk over.
    I am a PROUD mom of 2 soldiers one a combat Medic just returning from 15 month tour of Afghanistan and another a graduating as a Green Beret!!

    Tracey Scott

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  6. Matt

    I agree with Mr. Romney that Pres. Obama is being too apologetic. Why do we need to apologize for defending ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country. We have made mistakes, and for those mistakes we are sorry. However, we have made many more correct decisions as a country. How do you think we got to be one of the most powerful countries in the world?

    Also, do you think that you could show a little more disdain for Romney on air? I don't think that everyone could tell that you dislike him.

    Pleasanton, CA

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  7. Jan mangiardi

    Of course he is too critical. everyone outside of the US spends their time criticizing the US, if our own President won't stick up for us and defend us surely NO ONE else will, the President needs to build respect world-wide for the US people, not make us a punching bag as we were when Carter was in office.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  8. James

    I'd like to start off by saying the United Nations should be called the Useless Nations.I can see where Mitt Romney is coming from. I cant even count how many favors the world owes the U.S. World War II is a great example. If it wasnt for the United States Europe would've collapsed. How do they repay us? By a .0 something perecentage of foreign troops to American Conflicts. It seems Obama is putting foreigners before his own countrymen and countrywomen. Dispicable...

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  9. David A Whitaker

    Hey Jack, Mr Mitt Romney need to get somewhere with the rest of those fools and get a life. One of the main reason, why there are so much hatred against Americans is , because of those atitudes.When I was in the US Marine Corps in the early 1970's, we could go to different country without the threat of harm. Most serviceman now have to be cautious to where they're going.


    Martinsburg, WV

    June 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  10. B. Neale

    Romney has hit the nail on the head. Obama is way to apologetic and detached from the U.S. overseas. He should not be apologizing and criticizing the country he is currently in charge of. Even with past mistakes out of his control, he should have the maturity and openess to support the U.S. image without hurting it at the same time.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  11. David Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Mitt Romney is definitely not right about what he is calling Obama's "tour of apology".

    The Republicans and even Romney himself have it all wrong. The US tore off her cloth of democracy and upstanding morals when Bush/Cheney attacked Iraq without reason and then tortured those who they deemed to be a threat to the US at home and abroad.

    Strength and confidence do not come alone through military might. Strength and confidence can also come through acknowledging the error of your ways and apologizing for them.

    Military might and war are not the only way to get things done. Conversation and a willingness to talk those who you might disagree with is also a sign of strength and understanding the complexities of the world.

    People around the world know about and understand the sacrifices that the US has made and that is why they are perplexed and somewhat disappointed with the actions that the US undertook during the Bush/Cheney years.

    Mitt you have it wrong as do so many other Republicans. Courage, strength, and confidence are best proven by avoiding conflict and war not engaging in them.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  12. Marlin Hammonds

    Marlin Hammonds Tennessee
    No i don’t agree with ronmey or the republican talking line! Yes we have made some mistakes over the years with other nations and yes we meant well! But best way to recover a friendship is to admit your mistakes and try to do better! Don’t you do that when you have made a mistake and want to build a new relationship! It’s not hard to figure out!!!!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  13. Jay Bell

    After 8 years of the Key Stone Cops being in control and making this country the most hated on the planet a couple of " hey sorry we had idiots in charge for so long" might go a long way to begin what will be an obviously long process back to credibility. Jay

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  14. Anne

    Mitt Romney is one to talk about what to say when on the road. I'm from Massachusetts. I and others were regularly surprised and appalled by the insults Mitt Romney hurled at our state whenever he went on the road.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  15. Nick

    No. All you have to look at some of US History to see that the United States was not innocent in some of its actions during the Cold War. For example, installing teh Shah of Ian on the throne, providing weapons to Saddam Hussein to fight the war against Iran, helping what would be the Taliban against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, helping Battista to stay in power in Cuba before Castro overthrew him, Iran-Contra, helping Pakistan get nuclear weapons because the Soviets helped India, helped Israel to get nuclear weapons; the list goes on.

    So, for those who think that the United States has nothing to apologize for, they should review the history. We did a lot of things to fight the Cold War and help Israel at the expense of peoples and other countries.. And the last eight years has not help. There are a number of people mad at the United States; justifiably so.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  16. Shams D.

    Obama's overseas travel is the first step towards a brighter future for America and the world. This is how his term should have started. If people think that this would make him seem like a coward, then they are wrong because it takes a lot of courage to admit that you did something wrong.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  17. Dmitry Y

    Yeah right Mitt... Romney does not take the time to understand the middle-east extremist view of the united states. Terrorist cells feel the US is guilty. It's not important if this is true or not, as long as Muslim extremists take it to be true. A few words of apology would certainly help quell their hatred for America so overall this is good for homeland security.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  18. Larry Moore

    Jack, you are priceless. You hit more germane facts in 5 minutes than all the talking heads do in 24/7. And you are fair, factual and unbiased. I often just watch your segment of the program. You put Mitt under a better microscope than any one could. Keep it up.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  19. Ron

    Yes Obama is to apologetic, we do more good than bad. I have spoken with many who live in different parts of the world and they question his motives. Many are starting to think he is all about popularity and no substance. He will tell people what he thinks they want to hear. Like children many leaders in other couuntries respect discipline and strong convictions. It appears Obama is loosing this fight.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  20. Ethan from Florida

    The US made plenty of sacrifices,but it seems like that Mr. Romney tries to make it seem like the US has never done anything bad. I understand that he is proud of his country,but don’t forget that many countries have had to make significant sacrifices. As for WWII,my country of Canada, the UK,France, and the USSR also made huge sacrifices in the name of victory. Sometimes it calls for an apology for things done in the past.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  21. S. Burns

    Un fortunately it's going to take more than apologies to make up for the disasters created by the last administration. But apologies are a start.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  22. Texasgirl

    Sure, why not. I mean this is a business man who praised the free market system and look at the state of the ecnomony. Of course he knows what he is talking about when it comes to foreign policy. We should all wag the dog.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  23. AndyB

    Yes Mitt Romney is absolutely right. Apologizing for something specially if nobody is calling you on it is just plain stupid. With the world going to hell in a handbag and quickly running out of resources the last thing we need is a president who makes us look weak or stupid.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  24. Karen H

    I agree that President Obama is spending too much time apologizing when it isn't necessary. Absolutely nothing is gained by saying 'sorry, the other guy did it.' As for WWII, I'm think Romney said that because he was thinking about the 65th anniversary of D-Day on Saturday. (My birthday. =:-) )

    Love your blog.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  25. Bill Elliott

    YES ! There is enough criticism of the US overseas as it is. I think we should be honest. But instead of telling everyone what was done wrong by another President he should just do whats right. That would speek loader and go a lot further.


    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  26. Tom New York

    Romney seems to hold dear to the Bush/Cheney heavy handed approach to foreign affairs. Obama is trying a more positive approach that cannot be worse than the previous administration

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  27. Eddie Wang

    There is no reason for the USA to apologize to anyone. The arabic states should be thanking all our soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan for risking their lives daily to help stablize the region

    E Wang

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  28. Max

    Romney like some other repulicans couldn't figure out "what next"... that's why the are beating about the bush, just like George Bush. They are nothing but loud mouth.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  29. Mary, Ohio

    Yes, I am 56 years old and I can not recall ANY president apologizing for the United States as much as Obama has done. Obama should be promoting the good things the US does and how we are willing to help other countries. Apologizing makes us look weak. George Washington is rolling over in his grave.

    Jack, you made a comment about Romney's foreign policy experience. What experience did Obama have before he became president??

    June 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  30. Jim Schroeder

    This just shows how much Romney knows about our record concerning other countries. Yes we do need to apologize for our previous actions. I always thought apologizing was a show of strength when you find out you are wrong, we have been wrong plenty, but what would Romney know about making an honorable move.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |

    I agree. Obama's apologies for this country should never happen. He may not agree with past administrations but that does not mean he should declassify documents and apologize. Obama needs to be more patriotic and be more protective of this country instead of selling us out.
    As a patriotic American and a survivor of the twin towers I am once again appalled at Obama's stance and demeanor of U.S. POLICIES.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  32. Andrea O

    Romney, is he for real?? He should be apologizing for MA and the terrible state it is in. Seriously tho, we have a lot to apologize for. We have been the beligerent neighbor on the planet for the past 8 years and it is time we make some sort of amends. Bush should be the one apologizing tho over and over and over....

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  33. Linda

    No, Romney and the Republican Party are completely wrong. The Republican Party with their last party leader, George W. Bush, completely trashed diplomacy and made the Muslim world hate the U.S. with the religious rhetoric and superior attitude.

    American needs to be honest when it screws up and a little humility and less bravado and superiority will show the rest of the world that we can listen as well as lead.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  34. Reggie, Hattiesburg,MS

    Lets see...our greed has caused a global downturn, we started a war over nuclear threats in which we to this day haven't found a trace of anything nuclear, we tortured people....Jack need I go on? We haven't apologized enough...

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  35. kerry jackson

    The US has become phobic about apologizing. If you smash into someone's car, you mustn't apologize, it would admit guilt in the upcoming lawsuit. We make mistakes. What's wrong with apologizing? In my opinion it shows strength, not weakness, and it lessens the victim's anger.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  36. Aaron

    Absolutely not. The United States, in its effort to "spread democracy," has instead used its economic and military prowess to impose its cultural ideals on countless nations around the globe. Before we can solve any of our problems with the Middle East, the United States needs to apologize for never taking the effort to understand them in the first place. Admitting ones past wrong-doings is the first step towards conciliation, and anyone who says we should remain "confident and steadfast" needs to wake up and realize they might as well be saying we need to stay "stubborn an ignorant."

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  37. Kirk

    We should apologize to the Muslim people around the world for the failed policies that put such a black cloud over our country the last 8 years. We Americans can't go around ignoring the fact that our leaders, the one's that we American's elected, started a war on a false premise. I applaud Obama on his efforts to reconcile with the world including with the Arabs and Muslims.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  38. Ronnie, CA

    Who cares what Romney says, he's still upset about losing to McCain!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  39. mathew

    i think we are better served for him to talk of what makes us the envy of the world. no matter what some people say we are the beacon of hope and freedom in the world and that's the message he should be spreading, i think obama believes no one country deserves to have more opportunity than any other. All i can say is that will make us here in the USA who work hard broke. So my question is he the US president representing USA or is he world president trying to represent the world 1st?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  40. Tony

    Mitt Romney is a tool. We did things in the past as a country that are regrettable to say the very least. At some point we have to grow up and realize that we need to accept responsibility for that and get on with the business of restoring the United States.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  41. JUDY hughes

    I completely agree with Romney.
    It is so blatent,and ,judging by his wifes' comments during the campaign,they BOTH are not proud Americans, just "users "of the system. My hunch is that they both achieved their education via affirmative action, and plan to enslave all they can to the will of the govt.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  42. Lester E williamson

    Mitt Romney Might be right when he says Pres. Obama is too apologetic about the U.S. overseas?
    Or the Press may be Messing up Pres. Obama words. Personally I Mistrust the Press

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  43. Edugie Iruobe

    Mitt Romney is not in any position to question the president's historical efforts to reconcile the West with the Muslim world. He is just looking for attention. He should focus on trying to revive his ailing political career and out of touch party.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  44. Steve, Zeeland MI

    No Jack, Obama is not being too apologetic. He is finally putting a honest foot forward to the rest of the world. This is a great country, but the rest of the world doesn't want to constantly here about how great and infallible we are. It is an ignorant approach.

    I feel more confident in our ability to lead the world every time Obama speaks with an honest and unbiased tone.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  45. Dave - Houston

    Dear Jack,

    Mitt Romney is a sore loser.........period. He is pompous and makes no positive contributions whatsoever.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  46. Donna Sullivan from Massachusetts

    After years and years of listening to the saber rattling of many Republicans, is it both refreshing and heartening to hear our president acknowledge our willingness to listen and address the concerns of all countries.
    No matter what Obama does, he will be villified by those who consider force to be fair and equitible.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  47. Scott S

    Romney is absolutely right. Obama has no business apologizing for anything America has done there. Ask the the Jihadists to apologize to us for the attacks against America. Anything we have done there has been in response to an attack or aiding another country. I think it is a slap in the face of US soldiers who have sacrificed for this country. I cannot believe my hard earned tax dollars are being used in this fashion!
    Jonesboro, Arkansas

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  48. Amarissa

    Yes he is, Jack. He could do things differently without sounding apologetic. Just by being and acting different he would demonstrate a change in our attitude of the past. The thing with Obama is that he is so obsessed in blaming past administrations, that he also uses his apologies as a form of criticism of past Presidents. Enough with this, he should do his job and stop this nonsense of bowing and apologizing.
    Thank you
    Amarissa, Miami, Florida

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  49. Allen L Wenger

    No. I think it is time that we start to treat other countries with respect and stop trying to tell them how to run their governments, who they should elect, and which companies they can deal with. Respect and diplomacy will have to start with a recognition of how we have been dictating to them for the past few years.

    Mountain Home ID

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  50. Rich from Toronto

    Affirmative. The U.S will now be seen as weak, indecisive, and unsure of themselves. Obama, please don't bow down to those countries.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  51. Brian McCarthy

    He is NOT too apologetic. He is man enough to do it. Dick and Bush should have a long time ago.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  52. Michael Tafel

    Absolutely not! As a history professor, I have have studied the last 100 years of Middle Eastern history and many Americans have continually ignored that our Mid-East policy has often supported dictatorships over democratic regimes. This was mostly a result of the Cold War policy of "anything but Communism." While we were successful in the Cold War, many of the regimes that the U.S. has supported have had poor human rights records and have pushed any sort of democratic movements underground. I believe the open dialogue approach will help both Americans and Muslims understand eachother which is the only way to begin steps towards peace in this post Cold War rule.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  53. Thomas Bate

    Unfortunately, Mitt has it wrong.. AGAIN! We do indeed have much to apologise for.. lets start with the war in Iran, and the thousands of innocent civilians who have died because of that invasion. This is not time for American arrogance.. We just killed dozens of citizens in Afganistan.. While our intentions may be right, our game plan is often deeply flawed.. SO a few apoligies would not be out of order. This is a brilliant first step by Obama to try and repair our relations with Muslim nations.. Maybe Mitt should wait on his criticisims, and even offer to help.. Oh I forgot, the party of NO!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  54. Max

    Romney like some other republicans couldn’t figure out “what next”… that’s why the are beating about the bush, just like George Bush. They are nothing, but loud mouth.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  55. Joseph Wardy...Randolph, NJ

    I thought Mitt Romey was beyond the "no apology strategy" made famous by George W. Bush.The result of this ego infested attitiude is a world who sees us as arrogant... a result of our ignorance.

    When will our politicians learn from the mistakes of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton who simply refuese to face up the consequences because of an ego out of control. The President humility is an act of service leadership in a culture of leaders too immersen in theoir false image!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  56. Kyle

    When the President apologizes for U.S. actions in Grenada and Panama (the press might also want to apologize for its embarassing lack of balanced coverage during the mugging of these two 3rd world countries) then America will have apologized enough. But the President apologizing too much, or even for the right reasons? Give me a break, hasn't happened.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  57. Scott M. Secrist

    With the United States at the forefront of world politics, we are bound to upset people. However, I feel that the majority of the population would agree that we have some apologies to make. The only way to move forward, in some cases, is to agree that wrong has been done, apolgize for it, and begin working towards better relationships with other countries. Those who are unable to see the need for apologies are simply denying fault, which has been aptly placed on this country, and are the reason for the retarded speed at which our country is able to make necessary changes.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  58. Ron

    No, Mit Romney is absolutely wrong. Thanks to former Pres Bush and VP Cheney, America has a lot to be apologetic for. Care for a list ? No that would take to long, lets just name Iraq, a war we lied to everyone in the world about, and lest us not forget Torture, no matter how many times Cheney and his fellow ditto heads say it, it IS torture, it must be we tried people for it, didn't we?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  59. Lynn

    I respectfully disagree with Mitt Romney. I think Mr. Romney is absolutely wrong about our President being too apologetic. In fact, I don't see it as apologetic at all, but rather, an open honest dialogue about how the U.S. could have done some things better. We are a great nation with much to offer the world. The world has become so complicated and I am so proud that our President seeks to understand other cultures and reaches out in an attempt to have an inclusive global community. I believe his actions spell "strength and confidence" in a way that makes me proud to be an American.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  60. Dan Shoen

    Jack, Mitt Romney is wrong about this just as he is wrong about most of what he says. Of course Obama has had to do more apologizing while overseas than other Presidents have. No other President has had the misfortune of succeeding as arrogant and incompetent administration as Obama has. Thanks to Mitt Romney, George Bush, and the Republican administration, there is a lot for Obama to apologize for.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  61. andy

    Can Romeny and other like him understand tha the world has changed. That a new generation has taken over the old concepts? Hey we apologyze when necessary and we show strength when we need, not when going to war because we need to shock the world after 9/11 for our personal agenda. No one like Romeny will be elected in this couintry anymore.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  62. Stephanie from Sunrise, FL

    Heck no! It takes real courage and strength to apologize. Plus, if it will make the middle east hate us less and believe we are not all arrogant, let him say anything!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  63. Andrea

    I agree that America should apologize for its behavior in the world, and not just for its smug, arrogant and bullying attitude toward the Middle East, but also for its horrific record of the rape and pillaging of the inhabitants (that would be Native Americans) of the "New World," as history has labeled this piece of real estate. Americans of European descent should accept who they really are and show some remorse – better yet, give the Indians their land back.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  64. Julie from Washington State

    I do not see him being too apologetic. He is just letting the rest of the world know he is different from the last President and his message is for the world to take a different look at Americans, not the propaganda and hatred that the terrorist have been spewing. We need to get back to being the "good guys"!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  65. Mary

    Jack, the term "Machismo" comes to mind in answer to this question. I think the term has its roots in the Republican dictionary. We're the Big Bullies on the block, always have been, well .... unless we're defending Tibet or bloodshed in other places in the world, where Machismo becomes selfish self interest. Barack Obama is doing his utmost to improve our relationships with the rest of the world. Republicans don't have anything better to do than continue to act like spoiled losers...a common quality of the Machismo attitude!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  66. Manfred Lehnen, Germany

    Writing from Germany I have the hope, that the Americans will understand, what chance they have throúgh the way Obama is dealing with international relations. For the first time since a long time people are not burning American flags, when he is coming. I, 62 years old, wish him well from my heart. The way he is addressing people is very touching. What we need in a crisis. When I see and hear him I think of Willy Brandt.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  67. Rob


    This country needed to applogize to the rest of the world for the asisinine former President we had. Even Bush himself know's that left this country doubled over and on its knee's cause of a huge debt that happened on HIS watch. Romoney like the rest of the GOP is grasping at straws cause they are out gunned out matched and frankly just out classed in every way when you deal with the Obama Adminstration. The GOP has been crying since Nov 4 and from the looks of it. It won't be stopping anytime soon.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  68. Fatiha Rachid

    Hi Jack,
    Romney is a Republican and I am not surprised that he adopts Geroge Bush and Dick Cheney"s crusade mission against Muslims. Romney did not learn yet it seems from the bloody 8 years we had. ..Republicans should never be elected until the mind set of being at war with the world changes..

    We owe Muslims and the rest of the world an apology.. We all know it

    Long live our president!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  69. Carol

    No, Mitt is not right, of course. It's about time we show some humility, rather than arrogance, to the rest of the world. It does little good toward keeping us safe if we continue to inspire hatred of all thing American by perpetuating the "ugly American" stereotype of arrogance. Hasn't Mitt's mom ever told him that it takes a bigger man to admit his mistakes than to pretend be never makes any?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  70. Mimi

    I don't think that there's anything wrong with apologising for past mistakes, unlike Mitt Romney, I believe it is a sign of strenght instead of weakness. i also believe it is a step in the right direction to repair our image of being egotistical abroad. If we can't apologise for being in the wrong, then we become like China(which we criticise) for the Tinamen square saga and their unapologetic approach.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  71. Mr Haley

    Having traveled overseas at many times in my life since my formative teen years, I know the impact our great country has on various areas of the globe. I feel that our president, like any leader; has properly acknowledged where we are coming from and how that may differ from where we are headed in regards to froeign relations. A ;eader must drive ahead, and pointing out areas of opportunity are part of focusing on where to improve; to focus on where to improve – you must point to the areas in need. THERE IS NEED – OBAMA IS RIGHT!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  72. David

    I live in Lubbock, TX, but am writing from Seville, Spain

    The United States needs to start showing concrete signs that it respects the other countries in the world and stop thumping its chest about the great things we have done. The world knows we have done great things, but WWII is fading into the distant past and despite Romney's opinion on the matter, we cannot live on those laurels forever. Non-Americans know what we have done in the past. But now too often what they see is an attitude exemplified by George W. Bush's unfortunate position of "you are either with us or against us." No room for debate or disagreement among friends – just get in line or get out of the way. We may be a superpower, but we can't do everything by ourselves. We need allies. As one who has been involved in executing foreign policy abroad from both a military and diplomatic perspective, I can say that President Obama's approach is exactly on target. He is doing the national security of the United States an enormous amount of good.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  73. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    No, Obama is not being to apologetic. The 1st rule of negotiation is to first admit a mistake then seeks to correct the mistake. You have to start from the beginning before you can get to the end game. It shows truthfulness, confidence, and empathy. The world already thinks that America is to full of itself, we need to now show the world our good side once again.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  74. Thomas, Costa Rica

    I am a Texan who has relocated to Central America. The people in Latin America welcome Obama's new attitude towards a realistic view of recent history and I feel the Muslim world does as well. The problems of American diplomacy are utmost on people's minds, especially where that hisrory has had such a life-and-death impact on peoples daily lives.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  75. Glenda

    No, President Obama is not too apologetic about the U.S. , especially since the last administration never admitted to doing ANYTHING wrong.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  76. Toni Marie Martin

    The president is not at all too apologetic overseas. Being respectful, sensible and honest is not a sign of weakness. It shows others that we are wise and confident enough to learn from past downfalls.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  77. Coy William

    The suggestion that "Yes, the United States has made mistakes but we shouldn't apologize for them" is absurd. It's a mistake. Recognize it; apologize for it; and then move on.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  78. Matt

    Bloomington, IN

    There is no way that a leader of the United States could be "too apologetic" to other peoples and governments around the world considering how the last administration tried to bully everyone around. I think that all current and future leaders of the world should follow Obama's example and speak in more humble tones, instead of speaking as if they have the biggest fist on the playground.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  79. Andy Jackson

    I see no real benefit to apologizing for our governments past mistakes. Let's move on an make new mistakes to apologize for.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  80. Kristen

    I do not think President Obama is too apologetic but he does have some apologies to make to the world for the last 8 years of mistreatment by the United States. President Obama is making sure that we are not looked upon as a bully in the world. It seems rather that he is trying to frame us as a partner in the world. We are all just trying move forwarad toward a more peaceful future.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  81. abraham

    Hi Jack,Its high time for people like these failed presidential nominee as you callled him (mit romney)to shut up and leave our beloved president to mend our relationship with the rest of the world.Obama definately has to apologize to the world for the blunders done by republicans like cheney,bush and romney.so let the later shut up.


    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  82. Lana

    Obama is doing exactly what should been done after the Unnited States during the Bush administration has done so many wrong things. It is not only the muslim world that has negative feelings towards the U.S. but also many european people and I know this because I travel a lot to europe. Many over there also opposed the war and didn't how Bush dealt with many issues. Obama is just trying to show the world that America is a good country that has made mistakes and for that America apologizes...this shows that America is still the country that was founded on good morals and principles that it is not too confident to admit it's mistakes and return to being the good example of the world as it once was.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  83. Bradley (New Jersey)

    Mr. Romney comment is just one more example of the Republicans out of touch and arrogant past failed policies.
    It is not a apology, it is a attempt at reconcilliation
    If you step on someones foot should not you say sorry if you did not mean it...

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  84. arno van zoeren

    Showing respect and strength and self confidence are not opposites. Rather,lack of respect often is a product of fear.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  85. Mike Dabo

    Do we respect the Japanese more because they refuse to apologize for attrocities committed in Asia? Do we respect Turkey more because they refuse to admit Armenian genocide? No. We see those nations as unable to face their own past.

    A United State that's not afraid to admit its mistakes is a greater nation. One we all should be proud of. As an army veteran I support Mr. Obama apologies wholeheartedly.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  86. Tom

    Jack, How's it goin'? Jack, there is a reason Romney isn't president or was even the Republican candidate for President. The majority of the country disagree's with him.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  87. Lorna , Warminster, PA

    Like you just said about Limbaugh and Gingrich Jack, ...."Who Cares?" Romney has about as much credibility as they do. He's welcome to voice his opinion but he is, in MY opinion, wrong. There are 1.5 billion muslims in this world and we should offer a conciliatory dialog toward them after the demonization they have lived with. I'm not talking the extremist factions of the Muslim world I mean all the everyday people livng their lives, trying to get by, just like you and me.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  88. Ruth from Easton PA

    No, Romney is not right. The ability to recognize and apologize for past mistakes is an important part of building good character – in people, and in countries. It is appreciated, and elevates the US in the eyes of (most of) the world. Further, no one likes to be reminded continuously, "Look at all the good things we did for you?" , especially if those good things happened decades ago. That breeds ill will and contempt, something this country cannot afford now.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  89. Aaron

    Absolutely not. The United States, in its effort to “spread democracy,” has instead used its economic and military prowess to impose its cultural ideals on countless nations around the globe. Before we can solve any of our problems with the Middle East, the United States needs to apologize for never taking the effort to understand them in the first place. Admitting ones past wrong-doings is the first step towards conciliation, and anyone who says we should remain “strong and confident” needs to wake up and realize they might as well be saying we need to stay “stubborn an ignorant.”

    – Aaron, Boston MA

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  90. nigel

    no i dont think so.
    we all know america is an addictive society ,whether it be alchol,drugs,guns,politics and of course the biggy oil.
    so as an addict in recovery the 12 step programm clearly states we should make amends for our past sins,
    so good job obama ..

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  91. Tony SC

    Although many americans don't like the distinction, America is an Empire. We are the most potent influence in the entire world, which is reason enough for some people to hate us. Acknowledging our mistakes appeals to the PEOPLE of countries who's governments seek to undermine us. America and it's people are the epitome of "strength and confidence", except when our politicians seek to undermine each other for political gain.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  92. Kevin, Indiana

    Quoting Margaret Lee : Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. That is what President Obama have to do in order to regain America's moral leadership thwarted by men of the same ideology as Mr. Romney...

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  93. Jose Alvarez


    "Sometimes, sorry seems to be the hardest words." There's a big difference between apologizing and trying to earn back the respect that we once had. Common, give me a break, republicans need to focus that energy they are wasting trying to go after the President in to restructuring the Republican party, which quite simple is broken!

    Jose Alvarez,

    Hampton, Virginia

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  94. sameer toma

    Jack...I disagree. As a Muslim, I believe that he is not apologizing, but rather trying to "repair" relations, "repair" that is long overdue! I also feel that the Arab leaders will embrace the opportunity, and join him in his attempt to successfully forge new beginnings. PEACE!!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  95. Margaret Hedrick

    Yes, Mitt Romney is correct ! I do not believe that Obama is proud to be American(still has not produced original birth certificate) as far as I know.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  96. Job

    Romney sounds like a talk show host. You will expect a politician to know the secrecy of the American history overseas that isn't told to the American people.
    Not surprised he is not the one in the White House.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  97. Marcelino O. Gonzalez

    It was said that Newt Gingrich was honorable for apoligizing for his comments. If the President apoligizes for this nation don't we become honorable too? Since when has honorable been a sign of weakness?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  98. Saima Hussain

    As a Muslim born and raised in the United States, it is refreshing to see a president who can admit to the government's past failed policies that have killed millions and ruined the lives of many others in Muslim countries. So after Iraq is ruined, destroyed, and ravaged, now, former Vice President Dick Cheney comes on and says there was no link between 9-11 and Iraq? And we're talking about being too apologetic? For starting a WAR? Only with humility, respect, and understanding on both sides can relations be improved between the U.S. and Muslim countries and I believe President Obama is right to extend that hand to those countries that have suffered enough.
    Twinsburg, Ohio

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  99. Loretta N. J.

    President Obama is a real class act. He is bright, charming, and humble. Thanks to the self-serving, callous, uncaring attitude of the Republican administration for the past eight years, we find ourselves at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to world approval. The last thing we need now is the White Supremacist attitude of the Republicansy. You don't pour salt into a wound Mitt.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  100. DeWayne

    too apologetic? how ironic. wasn't long ago the right wing was irritated about the fact that the world wasn't grateful enough for everything we did to make it a better place. next thing you know, these jerks will be voting for Oliver North. then they'd have someone who could put both sides of their two-faced allegiances to use.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  101. Fred from California

    This is not a tour of apology. It is a tour of friendship, respect and claiming that we don't have to be enemy to get things done. President Obama is far more smarter than someone who drops the ball.
    Why we don't let him to try the new path he chose to, after all no strategy worked before.


    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  102. Jeffery, Toledo, Ohio

    Our President is not being "apologetic" at all. Yes, he ackowledges our mistakes over the past several decades or so,but he is also looking forwar–his recent hardening of our stance with Israel, for example, however minor, is a step in the right direction.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  103. Ben Seebaran

    Romney is wrong. Obama is setting the right tone to effect a change in the perception of America abroad. It will do more to engender love and respectability, which is the best aid to national security. If people like you, would they want to attack you?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  104. Matthew Haslett

    NO!! Gov. Romney is FAR from being right about President Obama's occasional apologetic tone about the U.S. when overseas. Pres. Obama is not showing weakness when he expresses regrets over serious missteps that our country has committed over the years, such as practicing torture, etc. The President is displaying the exact opposite: he is showing strength by uttering the TRUTH. He proud of our country and of the fact that our amazing country is resilient and wonderfully capable of looking inward, recognizing that some things could be better, and then TAKING ACTION!! He will not lie in a pathetic attempt to cover-up past errors, he will be an adult and he will be the leader that we need him to be and he will "own up" to our actions and then will lay out a clear and concise plan on how to proceed in a noble fashion. Gov. Romney certainly loves our country, but I fear in the way a young child loves its mother, blindly, never seeing any of the faults that are there. Pres. Obama loves our country the way an adult loves his mother: unswerving in his love, respect and admiration, but also capable of applying a tempered viewpoint that sees everything for what it is, and not simply through a child's eyes.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  105. Jason, Koloa, HI

    In the summer, the only time we should here a "Mitt" is when a baseball pops inside of one. Mr. Romney is just trying to make the President look bad for political reason. What a patriot. Whatever happened to more poignant american foreign policy statements like Teddy Roosevelt's "Walk softly, but carry a big stick". Obama is trying to turn the page on the hate and ignorance of the previous republican administration and there are not enough we're sorry's to make up for the past eight years.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  106. Scott in Fort Lauderdale

    Obama seems less apologetic than he does diplomatic if you ask me. And in my opinion, a little diplomacy can go a long way these days (and is 8 long years overdue)! I'm proud of our president and think he's making great strides for our country's standing on the world stage.

    I honestly don't understand why anyone's still listening to Romney (a failed presidential candidate) anyway! It seems to me like he's just clutching for relevance ... and attention.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  107. Andrew in Pinehurst, NC

    Jack, I don't know whether Romney is right or not, but I do know the answer relative to the question: "Does Romney have any foreign policy experience?" The answer is simply that he has as much experience as Obama had when Obama was elected President. Do you find that comforting?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  108. Wesley from Mill Valley, CA

    Nobody wants the President to go to other countries and apologize on behalf of the United States, but the reality is that President Obama is NOT apologizing. Republicans are well aware that he is not apologizing but they act like he is because they know Americans don’t like the concept of “apology tour.” Notice how in Obama’s recent speech in Europe he acknowledged that the U.S. has been arrogant but that Europe has been too anti-American and that in the future both sides need to figure out a better way to work together. This is hardly an apology like the Republicans would say.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  109. vivella

    Absolutely, Gov Romney is correct and anyone who follows the news has seen these apologizes to other countries for the U.S. past mistakes. Romney is a very wise man as evidenced by his personal success. We cannot air our dirty laundry abroad. Obama should be, as Romney, stated, mentioning something about all the U.S. has done for other countries. We are still a mighty power and the land of opportunity, otherwise, why would everyone want to come here. Thanks.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  110. Aaron Goldman

    These right wing nuts who think its better to never admit your mistakes need to take some talk therapy with licensed professionals. This great resistance to admitting mistakes sounds really immature and counterproductive.

    I think the rest of the world, which is justifiably angry at us for transgressions more recent than WWII, could get over it and start appreciating the positive things we've done if we could just admit mistakes and say we're sorry.

    The world will find it harder to harbor resentment against us if we admit mistakes and they will be more open to see our better qualities too.

    In the end an apology is just words. Why is the right so afraid of words and ideas?? It's nonsensical to me. See gay marriage for further examples of this pathology.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  111. David Mitchell

    There are countless examples of our sacrifice of our youth and our treasure for the betterment of humankind. Of course, you are a lefty and you will not agree with some of the following:
    1. Hitler and the nazi's
    2. Stalin and his pogroms in the Ukraine, plus Eastern Europe.
    You and your ilk have long been apologists for this gang.
    3. The ethnic cleansing in Eastern Europe: Bosnia, Serbia, Herzogovina. Who cleaned that up? A democrat? OK.
    4. Saddam in Iraq. We whine over the sacrifice, but consider what might have happened. Saddam was becoming the champion of certain factions of Islamists. The schism with Al Quaida is that he was too secular. No less evil.
    We acted when the rest of the world stood by.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  112. Mike

    Mitt Romney is wrong. It's refreshing to have someone own up to the mistakes we've made, it doesn't make us weak or diminish the good we've done in the world. Weak is ignoring your mistakes and hoping that nobody mentions them again. Compassion, respect and understanding are also indicators of strength and power. It doesn't always have to be displayed through how many bombs we have or how loud we yell at the rest of the world.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  113. Jim

    Romney's remarks are like the rest of the Republican party-inappropriate and out of date.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  114. Larry M.

    Since you sarcastically commented that our help in WW II was "70" years ago I presume you don't think that we have been helping out the entire world by our efforts in all the other conflicts and humanity situations. Apparently all of the lives sacrificed and the billions donated since WW II haven't amounted to much?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  115. Ken in NC

    Yes Jack, he is to apologetic about the USA overseas. He should come back and get the “BIG GUNS” that have been beating foreign nations over the head for the last 8 years and take them so these nations can feel more comfortable again being beaten down under the threat of war by “BIG BROTHER USA”. Even though they act as if they cannot stand us, they really love the way we treated them for the last 8 years. If you do not believe me just send Bush or Cheney to Muslim countries and see the great reception they get. PLEASE, PLEASE.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  116. Chari Kelley

    President Obama is uniquely qualified to open communication in the Muslim World. During the past decade America's international policies were myopic, short-sighted, and arrogant. I am so tired of American diplomacy based upon muscle-flexing and an unwillingness to listen to others.

    I couldn't be prouder of President Obama's efforts to show what real American values are and anyone who thinks that's being too apologetic just doesn't understand how small the world has become. We are all neighbors now; just one click away from each other.

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  117. Sheri, Tennessee

    No. Some of our friends overseas committed the blood of their military to invading a country that WE insisted had the world by the throat. That has turned out not to be the case, but that knowledge won't bring back the dead. An apology is the least we can offer, although it should come from the Bush Administration. But I won't hold my breath.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  118. Kea from Honolulu

    So it's inappropriate to “go around the world apologizing”? Let's see – We invade a country to protect ourselves from non-existant WMDs and its link with al Qaeda. We lay waste to said country, bombing it back to the stone ages. We burn relations with our allies. Then several years later, the former VP says we made a mistake. Yup, nothing to apologize for. Good job Romney.

    Obama took responsibility for the US's actions when it wasn't even his fault. Where I'm from, we call that "being a man".

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  119. Vance Pickron

    Mitt Romney is wrong about President Obama being too apologetic overseas. I think a little bit of humility will go a long way toward restoring the United States' shattered reputation. The swaggering arrogance of the previous administration over the last eight years has done us great harm, but Obama is now repairing it.

    Spring, Texas

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  120. Jack NYC

    Only people with strong characters are able to apologize. This is a strong country. If apologizing will get the dialogue rolling, why not? It's the extremists and the insecure who never apologize for anything. We're so beyond that in this country (at least I hope so). Let's start acting like adults and accept blame when it is appropriate and, like an adult, begin to control the dialogue.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  121. Daniel / Switzerland

    In my opinion this is a real sign that Obama stands for change and that he has realized how important it is for th US to acknowledge the mistakes that have been made in the past.It's a good way of showing the world, especially the muslime world, that the US is willing to share problems with other countries and that it wants to resolve problems with the community and not as a maverick like it's done for many years...

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  122. Brett, Scranton, PA

    No. For too long the United States has sat in meetings on foreign soil and said "Okay, here's our plan..." It's nice having a President who is more interested in finding a cohesive, synergistic solution for all parties involved. Furthermore, our current President has a better global view, for example putting things in more basic terms which all human beings can relate to, "We all want a better future for our children" as opposed to the last eight years of parading around with the laughable explanation, "Hello Middle-East, I'm here to bring freedom and democracy to all". This new message President Obama is taking to foreign nations will surely reap many more benefits than a selfish nation that imposed its will.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  123. Jim Carlisle

    Obama's high credibility trumps Romney's fears. He speaks honestly, and openly to the world. I am sure his tour will advance the interests of humanity and of our nation.


    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  124. Cori

    Romney is just another inflated republican looking to bash the president. It's obvious he's been influenced by Rush and Cheney, but unfortunately, hasn't learned much.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  125. Darren from Ontario

    Obama has the right idea, the arrogance of the Bush government was astonishing to say the least. Words from the President are a good place to start, but it will take actions to regain your honor and goodwill that was so senselessly wasted by Bush/Cheney et at.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  126. Elliot

    I doubt that the leaders Russia and China, who each lost tens of millions of people in World War II, want to hear about sacrifices made by the United States during that war.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  127. Nick

    Absolutely, Jack. One of the reasons he's doing this is because so he can once again magnify the mistakes of our past adminastration. When the president is overseas, he's suppost to make the United States look like a strong, prosperous country, not continuously push our past mistakes into the spotlight.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  128. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    Mitt Romney comments reveal him to be just as in the dark as the rest of the Republicans when it comes to foreign policy. President Obama has done a lot to improve America's image in the last 100 days or so. Bush, Cheney and Karl Rove spent 8 years alienating us from our friends and allies not to mention the damage they caused domestically with their wire taps and fear mongering. President Obama may yet make it to Mt. Rushmore. The best Romney can hope for is graffiti on a wall somewhere with the three other stooges.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  129. Chika Uzokwe

    Politicians seems to made (created) to be shameless...GOP, Mit Romney's party does not believe in him and his ideas on how best to show the strenght of America, and they simply told him that during the primaries. In my opinion it amounts to shamelessness for a person that was rejected by his party few weeks ago to lecture America on how to be strong. I reject his opinion.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  130. Mick

    As someone who has studied history and through that has read about the injustices the United States has done to other countries I think Mr. Romney is wrong to criticize President Obama for apologizing for what the United States has done. Yes, we need strength and confidence, but the strength and confidence needs to be balanced with humility and learning from mistakes which is exactly what President Obama is doing by apologizing.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Michael

    Mitt Romney is absolutely wrong about Obama being too apologetic. It's a sad fact that after eight long years of the Bush administration we have much to apologize for. The failed policies of the Bush administration have left in its wake two unresolved wars, a world economic crisis brought about by the Republicans incessant calls for deregulation, and complete disregard for any country that dare contradict Bush's policies at the time he was president. Obama realizes that our standing in the world was severely damaged. Bush did indeed dictate his polcies to the world. I don't see how anyone but a tow the party line Republican like Romney could see otherwise. To deny the fact we have something to apologize for is wrong. Obama realizes the best way to repair the damage done in the Middle East is to admit our mistakes as a first step to real diplomacy. To deny our mistakes is not showing "strength and confidence" as Romney says, but is finally coming to terms with reality. I applaud President Obama for his truthful and pragmatic approach to diplomacy. This is how it should be done by any president, Democrat or Republican. Mitt Romney is simply wrong with a capital "W." Pun intended.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  132. Lynn from Long Island

    No! Obama is speaking the truth. Republicans, like Romney, are in denial about their party and the path that we are heading down as a nation if we do not embrace the truth and tell it . Other nations will respect us more and listen when we (our President) speaks. This concept is similar to being in a relationship with a cheater. Once you find out that they have telling you lies, anything that comes out of their mouth goes in one ear and out the other. You no longer trust that person and everything becomes one big lie. I think that the world has seen our country as the worst kind of cheater there is. One that tells you that what you saw them do was a figment of your imagination. Even when they have been caught with their pants down, they will continue to lie,lie, lie. Honesty, is always the best quality, along with humility. Don't they teach that in church to all the holy roller, evangelical christian Republicans?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  133. Tyler

    Jack, you do yourself and CNN a dissservice by denigrating the contributions of our veterans both in WWII "like 70 years ago," (as if the contributions are no longer significant.) and now. What was done then and what is being done now by hard working servicemembers will echo through history to the world's collective great benefit. Is Obama apologizing too much overseas? Perhaps. Is it necessary to improve foreign relations? Quite probably. Are you going to apologize to veterans for such flippant remarks? You should. And try to show some impartiality, will you? You're a journalist.

    Stuttgart, Germany.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  134. Rosiland

    Pres. Obama is serving the interests of ALL US CITIZENS well by embracing truth and openly courting reconciliation by admitting our past choices (the choices of US leadership) have presumed the correctness of the American life paradigm. We have to rethink how we live out our national and personal values at home and around the world.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  135. patty oneill

    Obama is foceful in the US and humble and confident abroad. He's a breath of fresh air.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  136. Karyn Schouten

    It's worth pointing out, Mr. Cafferty, that Obama's foreign policy experience is just as negligible, and overall experience far less than Romney's. And America has made, (and continues to make), many sacrifices for other countries in the 70 years since World War II. An American president should be proud of this country, and it is completely inappropriate to step into office and proceed to travel around the globe apologizing.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  137. Charles Hardie

    Mitt Romney is exactly right. Perhaps your viewers should change channels or search the web and listen to the entire conversation Mr Romney had with Sean Hannity, then draw their own conclusions. And your snide comment regarding foreign policy experience might be rephrased, "Romney's foreign policy experience is easily the equal of the President's. Just ask Joe Biden."

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  138. robert rey, from Fresno, Calif.

    Obama is not apologizing to world, just bring out the truth. Mitt Romey should be apologizing to the families who lost love ones in the Iraq war in which his party and last administration took us into this war of choice and demonized just about any one who was Muslim. Bush even said that this was a crusade. Where are his 3 sons now. I'am sure they are not in the service protecting us because the family is too rich for them to be in the fight.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  139. Kitten

    Mitt Romney need to just SHUT UP! If he was so clever would he not have been able to run a more successful campaign? He should just keep his advice in his shoes. Now we all know what kind of a president he would have been – one living in the 60s?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  140. john mockus

    I live in the state mr romney pretended to be govener to. His record shows he switches opinions to fit his current audience or personal goal. You can be sure he is positioning for something any time he opens his mouth.We saw it first hand here . I would trust nothing he says ,to be his real feelings at any time.


    worcester ma

    June 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  141. Max

    The US has gone out of its way to be generous to other nations even when it hurts us, yet Obama's focus is on our mistakes. I can guarantee that if these other countries were anywhere near as successful as we are they wouldn't travel around the world apologizing for it.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  142. lila NYC

    Jack, why should i listen to a man who despite his millions couldn't even beat John Mccain in the GOP primaries.
    Go away Mitt, republicans rejected you and frankly we don't care what you think. Americans voted overwhelmingly for diplomacy to replace the Neo con foriegn policy of the last 8years.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  143. Andrew David

    My thought is that Mitt Romney is correct. Your constant harping that,"he lost the election" is just sour grapes. The one who wins is not always the best for the nation.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  144. Allan, Folsom, CA

    I keep hearing Mitt Romney criticizing President Obama's handling of foreign relations and national security.

    Pardon me, but what access does a former governor have to classified diplomatic and national security information to inform his opinions?

    I give his comments on world affairs about as much credence as I do to the guy who cuts my hair.

    But he and I do agree that Mitt has nice hair. Too bad there's no life underneath it.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  145. Paul from Boston

    NO ! Romney is my former Governor, and not a nice guy.

    The man somehow created a health policy in Massachusteets that did some good for poor folks, but made his foretune with hostile take-overs of companies that sent bucks to shareholders and destroyed the lives of the workers of those companies. Not a nice guy.

    I suspect that Romney was infected by an ALIEN (like the movie) when he crafted the health plan. These are his true colors.

    paul from Boston

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  146. Raul San Antonio

    Jack, Mitt lives on the right, drives on the right, is right-handed but he has yet to be right, right?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  147. Jonathan Thekey H.

    Mitt Romney is unequivocally wrong... another reason why he is unqualified for a position in the White House.

    1. It's never to late to make amends.

    2. Talking about sacrifices, please it's always better to be humble especially in these times.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  148. Mike

    Yes, Romney is correct. Apologizing for what Obama perceives as US shortcomings has become the theme of Obama's foreign policy. This will deminish the US in the eyes of our enemies, and encourage them to take steps against us they likely would not have taken otherwise.

    Also, just to keep you informed, it is worth pointing out that Obama had zero foreign policy experience before becoming president.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  149. Keith

    Hello Jack
    Usualy I agree with a lot of things you say but I have a problem with a remark you just made.You said Romney thinks we should focus more on the good things the US has done such as WW2, then you chimed in with "like 70 years ago".Maybe I got it wrong.Does this mean that because WW2 was 70 years ago the sacrafices those guys made doesnt matter anymore?Exactly what is your cut off point for a sacrafice to have any meaning?Five,ten twenty years?Should we tell all our WW2 vets to stay home because theyre sacrafice doesnt matter anymore.Again maybe I just miss understood you.In any event keep up the good work.


    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  150. Kenny Ray King

    The United States should indeed apologize to the rest of the world. The United States tricked her allies to join her in a war for which a cause was completely fabricated. (WMDs, etc., etc., etc.) Then, the major financial institutions regulated by the United States created the current financial meltdown. We are a young and all too powerful nation; learning the nutritive value of humble pie will not hurt us at all.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  151. marian

    Jack I just love you I am from massachusett and anytime Mitt opens
    his mouth you can see that there is no intelligence in him just like when he was the gov here he is just jealous of how hard working this president is and as for Rush and his other brother just as what you said who cares they are all bunch of fools. you know what pple says if you cann't beat them join them.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  152. Kip

    Mitt Romney is only posturing. Obama is the most intelligent and gracious president I have experienced in all of my 52 years. After the devestation of Christian facism (Republicans), we need a president who can say we are sorry and we would like to start over.

    If Mitt and the other foolishly abrassive so called "Americans." want to live in a world where their draconian and oppressive "patriotism" is never challenged, perhaps they should join with Perry down in Texas and become their own country.

    Kip, New Mexico

    June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  153. Sara

    Perhaps I am wrong, but when Obama says *the United States*, is he not referring to the people of our country? I have to wonder, what percentage of Americans are apologetic for America?? First, we have never been against any religion, including the Muslims. What we are against is terrorism, and I for one am not one bit apologetic for that. I am very proud to be an American, I love my country. Instead of being *apologetic*. why not impress the fact that we embrace all religions.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  154. gerald

    Once again the Republicans demonstrate their lack of vision and shortsideness. Obama is apologizing for nothing. On the one hand he's trying to renovate America's image on the world stage folllowing post-Bush abuse of same. On the other hand he's preaching what i would call global ecumenism in his efforts to initiate a continuing dialogue among nations. He's keeping his campaign promise to meet (unconditionally) with world leaders. What a refreshing concept this is. He's working toward Planet Earth growing up. It's never too late for that.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  155. smith

    Romney is entitled to his opinion, but he is behind the times. Now is the time to engage in diplomacy, not sword rattling. The Bush administration's actions around the world have caused America to be seen as a "bully" rather than a partner for peace. We have invaded Iraq without cause. President Obama is trying to shine the light on America as it has always been in the past.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  156. Jim


    Mr. Romney, as usual, is dead wrong. The Republicans had their chance to prove their point when it comes to foreign relations. They failed utterly, doing historic damage to this country's standing abroad. Obama loves this country as much as any president ever has and has no intention of looking weak in front of foreign audiences. He'll tell it like it is and continue to win points for his honesty and rhetorical skills. Besides, the only thing he has ever really apologized for is Republican stupidity over the last eight years. I've been embarrassed about that myself. I trust Obama to represent us with dignity and honesty. It's such a refreshing change.

    Reno, Nevada

    June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  157. Nina, DC

    If we partook in actions that were not disrespectful, at best, and malicious, at worst, towards the Muslim population of the world then we would not need to apologize to the degree that Obama is stepping up to.
    As a nation, we should be proud of the spark sent throughout the world by the construction and development of the United States for knowledge and interaction of people from different backgrounds, be them race, religion, ethnicity, etc. But the concept of fear that our government and mass population directed towards one specific group of people is despicable in comparison.
    If your child went out of his way to hurt another kid during recess wouldn't you not only want him to apologize, but also to mean it?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  158. Doug Berry from Huntsvill Al

    The President always apologizes to everyone around the world for everything that may be a result of the last administration. While he tries to make his own administration look "better than that".
    It's not the old administration wating our money right now and he should be apologizing to us.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  159. GlenR

    Given Mitt and the GOP's amazing ability to ignore or flat out lie about their mistakes I'm not surprised he sees Obama as apologetic. He was part of that GOP violin section that fiddled while the economy burned. Given the amount of times he's changed his tune to garner votes how can anyone take him seriously?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  160. Scott Segal (Palm Springs, CA)

    Is President Obama too apologetic? I don't think so. During the nightmarish Bush years, our President's overseas posture was often arrogant and obnoxious. President Obama's contrast to that of Bush may be obvious; yet at this time, a more conciliatory tone seems fitting especially given our former leader's trespasses and the importance of turning the sentimental tides of our neighbors in the international community.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  161. Mick

    As someone who has studied history and through that has read about the injustices the United States has done to other countries I think Mr. Romney is wrong to criticize President Obama for apologizing for what the United States has done. Yes, we need strength and confidence, but the strength and confidence needs to be balanced with humility and learning from mistakes which is exactly what President Obama is doing by apologizing.

    Claremont, California

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  162. Emmanuel from Glasgow,UK

    One characteristics of great leaders is they are not afraid to accept responsibility especially when things go wrong. This is not a sign of weakness but strength as those wronged are emotionally engaged to right the wrong. The world needs healing and Obama has the political capital to bridge this divide, now is the time. Romney has shown his egocentric nature will not allow him to so do. No wonder he is not president.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  163. Lee from Massachusetts

    Romney's suggestion that President Obama should spend more time about the sacrifices we made 65-70 years ago shows how totally out of touch and narrow-minded the former Massachusetts governor is. Like most other Republicans, he just doesn't get it.

    Obama is trying to move forward and make efforts to resolve major global conflicts by increasing mutual understanding and respect for each others' cultures. It's not about who made the most sacrifices or is superior, but rather: we need to learn how to live with each other and work together to build a better and safer future.

    Romney is the kind of man who will sell his own mother to get his name out on the news ticker. He is an arrogant egotistical elitist who cares more about himself and his political career than what is really good for the country, or the world for that matter. This is a man who became a governor and then spent more time going around the country to get his name out than working for the people in the state he was supposed to govern.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  164. Ben

    No. Expressions of "strength and confidence" are fine for taking initial action but when they prove to have been misguided, as they too often have in the Middle East, they need to be followed by awareness and self-criticism if we are ever to retain a sense of moral and political authority in the world. Knowing when you're wrong takes far more strength than pretending you weren't or constantly attempting to shift the focus of the conversation away from mistakes made. I applaud President Obama for his actions and am hopeful they will have the intended effect.

    Richmond, VA

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  165. jim

    Obama's apologetic, pandering, and "blaming" America approach to the Muslim / Islamic world is certain to backfire. Obama is repelling some Democrats and will drive many of them away when the Arab (Islamic world) pulls terrorist acts in the US.

    Jack, you are wrong in your commentary.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  166. Mitch

    Jack, Isn't it true that the U.S. has been involved in at least 5 battles on behalf of Muslims? Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Irag and Afghanistan are Muslim countries we are or have been engaged in for their betterment.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  167. PAUL

    I thought romney was smarter,thanks god he Failed,USA was loved and respected by the world and especially the arab and moslem world when kennedy was a president, it's been deteriating since then till barak obama, How does Mr.Genius Romney explain that? What happened to Justice,Freedom and Fairness for all?
    President Obama is not opologising but Explaining the new america that we will be proud off.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  168. Tigi

    I do feel the same way as Mit Romney. relations with the other part of the world may not be recovered by appologies and rhetoric, but action/leadership. Rather, what he's doing makes us more vulenerable to external threats. Most people in different countries now devalue the American government. I truly expect that he does not repeat that in tomorrow's speech in Cairo.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  169. Cindy

    I don't think so, no. The past administration made some enormous blunders in the way of foreign policy, so it seems sensible for the President to make some apologies on our behalf. Is it appropriate for him to apologize throughout his administration? No, but it's early enough that it wouldn't be too out of place.

    As for discussing past American goods: World War II was a bit too long ago to be relevant anymore. To emphasize what was done that long ago as if the memory makes America's more recent actions good is silly. That's like citing the Nazi regime as a reason that Germany's more recent actions are bad: it is simply irrelevant. (Never mind that going into a region where we are somewhat unpopular and doing nothing but telling everyone else how great we are doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I mean, I wouldn't like it very much if the representative of a nation that I don't look at very favorably at were to do nothing but talk about their greatness. It comes off as arrogant.)

    June 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  170. Richard O

    Why do nut-case like Mitt Romney and the republicans think that they are the only one who loves this country? Their arrogance got us in this mess remeber?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  171. Skip

    As a Vet seeing what has happen the last 8 years we do need to show some type of Humility after all we invaded a Muslim country that had not attack us. So Mit you lost so please shut up!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  172. Bruce

    Unfortunately, the crimes against other people by corporations which we have supported are countless. The Democracies we have terminated because they didn't tow a Corporate line are astonishingly numerous. The lack of civic responsibility we have exercised regarding rampant disease causing pollution in other countries is wildly out of control. Our media hides these things because it s owned by THOSE corporations. We are a very ignorant people, and our apologies are way late and way too small.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  173. Gary in Lexington

    No, Romney is definately not right. It is long over due that the President of the United States address the Middle East on their soil. Bush destroyed our image there and around the world, so it is only fitting that he reach out in an effort to mend all of Bush's trampled fences. I hope that he does it with passion and logic, and at the same time attemps to lay down some ground rules that can help bring us together, or at the very least, give the region something positive to consider. We MUST begin to win over the hearts and minds of the moderates, the scholars, scientists, educators, artisans, women, students and the like.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  174. Hernan from Richmond, VA

    I am not sure about obama being too apologetic, but I can tell you this please don't judge what obama is doing with his forgien policy.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  175. Tristan,California

    Right on the money,Mary.Obama needs to wise up abput the real world and loosen ideology.Also the UN is useless and disingenuous towards us.
    Finally, free nations should be thanking us.We should not apologize for the pursuit of democracy and freedom.
    You go, Eddie,Bil,Karen Andy.....l

    June 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  176. valerie

    Jack has Romeny never heard of the phrase do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The President is doing a good deed by trying to undo the mess of the past 8 years by being more sympathatic, and caring of others. We need more people like the President and even more people like you Jack, you're the man.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  177. Patti

    Yes. It reminds me of a child seeking his parents approval or a teenager who changes like a chameleon to "fit in" with the gang.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  178. Todd

    Romney's wrong. President Obama's humility and objectivity in the wake of....none....is a breath of fresh air!

    June 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  179. Greg

    How easy we (USA) forget why we are at war. This country was attacked first. We owe no apologies. Has anyone in the Middle East apologized for their fanatics who have killed more innocent people around the world?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  180. Mel

    Of course, he is the purveyor of everything correct. Obama is still learning and he is hurting the US with these ridiculous apologies.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  181. Mike

    Mit doesn't have a clue, has never had a clue and never will have a clue. Every time he opens his mouth he proves it.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  182. evelyn

    It is right for Obama to say what many of us have known for a long time:The US has had a know-it-all attitude for much too long. And until now, we have been too arrogant to admit our mistakes. When forced to admit mistakes -like finally having to give up slavery and passing laws against the rights of Black citizens- then, we don,t ever want to hear about it anymore and we cry " Reverse Discrimination" at any effort to even the playing ground. Romney must know that the Us has hardly done much to help anybody unless the US itself was going to benefit from our efforts. If we don't wish to feed all of our young men and women to the enemy that we created , we had better welcome Obama efforts to make amends.


    June 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  183. Rose

    The reason that this country is facing so many problems is because of the narcassistic mentality like that of Mit and his party. By the way when did Mit become an expert on foreign affairs?

    June 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  184. Jeff - Cleveland OH

    Romney is probably wrong but he is also making enemies in the Muslim world, which should disqualify him from running for the Presidency. Nice job standing up for American, Mitt.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  185. Isaac Lobe from The Netherlands

    Humility and self criticism are some of the qualities that make this president so appealing to the outside world. It’s ridiculous Jack, that some one would think Obama is too apologetic. You gotta give the guy credit for efforts he’s making to amend past arduous relationships. I guess the purpose of an apology is to get pardoned, if Obama doesn’t feel the US has achieved that, there’s no harm to keep on trying. At least, I’m certain with this attitude, he won’t have to duck flying shoes.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  186. Fred Atlanta GA

    It also drives me NUTS to hear people beat their chests and say things like "we are the most powerful country in the world!". Those people are clinging to tired, old rhetoric and – I believe – making up for deficiencies in their own lives. The US is NOT the most powerful country in the world anymore – nor should we be. This is not the GREAT U.S. and the rest of the world. This is THE WORLD, of which the U.S. is a part.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  187. Rob

    Jack, if all the President did was talk about our sacrifices and how great our nation is, then the world would say we're being egotistical, self-absorbed, hot-headed idiots. Wait, that was the last administration! it certainly takes a lot more character to tell the world, "Hey, we messed a few things up. But we also know how to make a lot of things better too!"
    Here's to hoping that some of the world will listen . . .


    June 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  188. Jay

    Nearly 3000 people died from the 9/11 attacks. Most were Americans but not all. We as a country did what we thought was best to bring those responsible to justice. Did we make mistakes? Yes. Could things have been handled better? Absolutely. Unfortunately, that is the problem with hindsight; those mistakes are now visible for everyone to see.

    As commander in chief, our leader should always stand as a positive symbol of this great nation. He (or she) should always focus on the positive results from our efforts because not just Americans, but many countries of the world look to the President of the United States of America as a symbol of hope.

    Bad things were done to individuals to get information in order to save lives. War is an ugly business. I would hope our leaders would take make every effort to get maximum results if the past situation were to repeat itself.

    When things go south and we find ourselves in a less than ideal situation, simply acknowledging that things could have been done better but our goal is to save lives and lives were saved as a direct result of our efforts will suffice. Apologizing is something you do in your personal life or when you have a dictator like Hitler who killed several million people. Our situation is neither. What Obama did was unbecoming to the office of our President; he showed weakness by his actions overseas.

    Mitt is right.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  189. Jennifer Sam

    Bush and his fellows such as Mit Rommey made us to be ashamed to be americans in almost every place around the world. Obama is taking the responsibility to return US to its respected strong leadership in the world by being honest and speaking the right. He will succed ! How not, when other nations see him taking responsibilty to fix the world. God bless him

    Jennifer Sam
    Pullman, WA

    June 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  190. David from Idaho

    This president has worked harder to protect our country than anyone.

    We need the intelligence and humility to recognize that we cannot fight 1 billion Islamic people just because the Limbaughists want a holy war. We need to weaken Al-Qaeda by convincing their monetary support and potential recruits that we are not the enemy. The Limbaughists want an America focusing on war and not Domestic problems... They are our very own Kim Jong Il communists.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  191. mike from denver

    Arrogance is not a virtue...someone should tell Romney that.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  192. m00finsan

    Well, considering that we invaded a Muslim nation for absolutely no reason, I say President Obama isn't being apologetic enough.

    Beaumont, TX

    June 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  193. Angelic

    I think Pres. Obama should apologize, because for some reason people from all over can not distinguish "Muslim" from "Terrorist", and I think that is wrong stereotyping every Muslim as a terrorist. I mean look at the polls do you honestly think that Americans are not favorable of Muslims because of this stereotype? Now wonder we can't come to a common ground.

    June 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm |