Archive for apologize

VIDEO-- Lawrence O'Donnell to Gingrich: We "have been waiting for your apology for 20 years for being completely wrong."


This is exactly the kind of in your face talk I was anticipating from Lawrence O'Donnell, and he didn't disappoint. He came prepared, which he had to considering how little speaking time MSNBC hosts seem to get on Meet the Press:

"Who said this? ‘The tax increase will kill jobs and lead to a recession, and the recession will force people out of work and onto unemployment, and actually increase the deficit.’ That’s Newt Gingrich in 1993, on the Clinton tax increase, and those of us who were working on the other side of that tax increase, Newt, have been waiting for your apology for 20 years for being completely wrong about that."

Think Progress:

[I]n 1993 when President Bill Clinton raised taxes on the top income earners... the country experienced the “longest period of economic growth in U.S. history, increased business investment, 23 million jobs added, and, of course, budget surpluses.” The same boom did not materialize after President George W. Bush enacted his tax cuts; the country experienced large deficits and the weakest job and income growth in the post-war era.


VIDEO- GOP Rep. Peter King: Pres. Obama apologized for America. " I don’t care what fact check says!"



...October 17, 2004, The New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush (later attributed to Karl Rove[1]):

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."[2]

Think Progress: CNN's Soledad O'Brien and Rep. Peter King (R-NY), September 17, 2012:

O’BRIEN: Never once in that speech, as you know, which I have the speech right here. that was — he never once used the word “apology.” He never once said “I’m sorry.”

KING: Didn’t have to. The logical — any logical reading of that speech or the speech he gave in France where he basically said that the United States can be too aggressive. [...]

O’BRIEN: Everybody keeps talking about this apology tour and apologies from the President. I’m trying to find the words ‘I’m sorry, I apologize’ in any of those speeches. Which I have the text of all those speeches in front of me. None of those speeches at all, if you go to which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this and they say this whole theory of apologies…

KING: I don’t care what fact check says.

O’BRIEN: There are fact checks. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.

KING: No. Soledad. Any commonsense interpretation of those speeches, the president’s apologizing for the American position. That’s the apology tour. [...]

As the Washington Post put it, “the apology tour never happened.”

Facts schmacts, reality schmeality. Lying is the Republican way, because that's all they've got, which explains why they feel they have to steal elections (scroll) in order to win.


Mitt Romney does it again. Now his Japan remark is raising eyebrows.


My Twitter buddy Josh Rogin does it again. You've seen him on The Rachel Maddow Show, and you should read him at, because he's prolific and chock full o' good reporting.

His latest piece shines another spotlight on another international Willard Romney blunder; as if his Big Overseas Trip only a short time ago wasn't enough. Yes, he's done it again, this time insulting the Japanese.

Someone, anyone, please explain to me why the GOP is spending millions to get this guy into the White House, because he's already destroying U.S. credibility overseas without setting a foot inside the Oval Office:

Mitt Romney's comments Thursday criticizing Japan have U.S.-Japan alliance watchers on two continents worrying that the ultra-sensitive Japanese might not appreciate being the cautionary tale in Romney's campaign stump speeches and that a President Romney might not be a good steward of the decades-long relationship.

"We are not Japan," the presumptive Republican nominee told donors at a $2,500-a-plate fundraiser Thursday. "We are not going to be a nation that suffers in decline and distress for a decade or a century. We're on the cusp of a very different economic future than the one people have seen over the past three years."

Japan experts on both sides of the Pacific told The Cable that Romney's offhand assertion that Japan has been in decline for "a century" isn't a fair characterization of a nation that emerged from the ashes of World War II to build the world's second- (now third-) largest economy on a small island with few natural resources. 

Moreover, they worry that Romney is needlessly insulting the face-conscious Japanese and giving them the impression that is he wins in November, his administration won't appreciate the importance of America's top alliance in the East at a time when the United States is attempting a diplomatic and military "pivot" to Asia.

Oh it gets worse. Link over for more cringe-worthy details.


Jewish group to Mitt Romney: 17,000 of us want you to apologize to the Palestinians for your "racist and ignorant" comments


Remember during Willard. M. Romney's recent trip, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad British gaffe-athon, he made some rather unfortunate remarks about "cultural differences" that infuriated the Palestinians, insulted Jews, and... well, let's just say he stepped in some deep political poop.

Mitt sure is good at diplomacy, isn't he? And don't even start me on "Romney Persona Non Grata in Italy for Bain’s Deal Skirting Taxes."

Now The Hill is reporting that a Jewish group is demanding an apology for the comments he made in Israel which they called " inaccurate and misleading, racist and ignorant":

A liberal Jewish organization is set to deliver 17,000 signatures to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's headquarters Monday afternoon urging him to apologize for remarks many have deemed insulting to the Palestinians.

Jewish Voice for Peace has called Romney's comments at a Jerusalem fundraiser last Monday “racist and ignorant.” Romney says he did not mean to denigrate Palestinians when he credited “the power of at least culture” and the “hand of providence” for Israel's superior economy.

The petition reads, in part:

"Israel's Occupation of Palestinian land makes it impossible for the Palestinian economy to succeed, not 'cultural differences'... Your comments were not a reflection of the values Jews, Americans, and our allies hold dear. We call on you to apologize to the Palestinian people for your willful lack of understanding of the facts on the ground and the racist assumptions behind them.”

There's your foreign policy expert, the perfect world leader.

Yes, this is exactly who we want representing our country, isn't it? And by "we" I mean mentally deficient, Obamaphobic Republicans.