One of the truly idiotic memes spewing forth from Republicans these days is their outrage — outrage, I tell you — about President Obama’s mythical “apology tour.” As many have pointed out, he did no such thing. But Andrew Sullivan points out that Bush did, several times. Here he was apologizing to Iraq after American soldiers used the Quran for target practice:
President Bush has apologized to Iraq’s prime minister for an American sniper’s shooting of a Quran, and the Iraqi government called on U.S. military commanders to educate their soldiers to respect local religious beliefs.
Bush’s spokeswoman said Tuesday that the president apologized during a videoconference Monday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who told the president that the shooting of Islam’s holy book had disappointed and angered both the Iraqi people and their leaders.
“He apologized for that in the sense that he said that we take it very seriously,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “We are concerned about the reaction. We wanted them to know that the president knew that this was wrong.”
And for slavery:
“Human beings delivered, sorted, weighed, branded with marks of commercial enterprises and loaded as cargo on a voyage without return,” Mr. Bush said. “One of the largest migrations in history was also one of the greatest crimes of history.” The president recited a litany of Africans and African Americans who made contributions to American society, from the arts to politics: abolitionist Frederick Douglass, slave-poet Phillis Wheatley and Martin Luther King Jr.
“The stolen sons and daughters of Africa helped to awaken the conscience of America,” he said. Mr. Bush did not apologize for slavery but noted Americans throughout history “clearly saw this sin and called it by name.”
And here’s the first President Bush apologizing for the Japanese internment during WW2. Clearly, both Bushes were showing “weakness” and “appeasing” people and are therefore responsible for every bad thing that has happened since those apologies. Of course, Obama didn’t apologize at all, he merely admitted that America had made mistakes. And the right wing hates it when anyone does that — well, when any Democrat does that.