Boehner resurrects widely debunked nonsense about Obama’s so-called apology tour

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Poor John Boehner!

In a pathetic effort to curry favor among the far-right elements of his own Republican House caucus, he’s trotting out an oldie-but-a-baddy — the claim that Barack Obama traveled the globe in 2009 apologizing for America.

Boehner’s remarks came in an interview this past Friday on a TV station in North Dakota (see HERE).

The ever-embattled House speaker no doubt figures that most Americans, especially those in his party, have forgotten (or never knew) that the apology-tour crap has been widely debunked.

Glenn Kessler, the fact-checker for The Washington Post, gave the apology nonsense Four Pinocchios on his scale of dishonesty, as we see HERE:

The claim that Obama repeatedly has apologized for the United States is not borne out by the facts, especially if his full quotes are viewed in context.

Obama often was trying to draw a rhetorical distinction between his policies and that of President Bush, a common practice when the presidency changes parties. The shift in policies, in fact, might have been more dramatic from Clinton to Bush than from Bush to Obama, given how Obama has largely maintained Bush’s approach to fighting terrorism.

In other cases, Obama’s quotes have been selectively trimmed for political purposes. Or they were not much different than sentiments expressed by Bush or his secretary of state. Republicans may certainly disagree with Obama’s handling of foreign policy or particular policies he has pursued, but they should not invent a storyline that does not appear to exist.

Note to GOP speechwriters and campaign ad makers: The apology tour never happened.