RUSH: Here is Romney burying Obama on the apology tour...
ROMNEY: The president in his campaign some four years ago said he'd meet with all the world's worst actors in his first year. He'd sit down with Chavez and Kim Jong-il, with Castro and with president Ahmadinejad of Iran. I think they looked and thought, "Well, that's an unusual honor to receive from the president of the United States." And then the president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.
And the things Obama said!
OBAMA 04.03.09: In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America's shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
RUSH: Now, what the hell would you call that?
That's even worse than an apology!
This is the guy running around blaming our country to the Europeans, who wouldn't exist if it weren't for us. We have defended them. I call your attention to the cemeteries all over Europe again. They don't have to have defense budgets because of us, because of NATO. They're free to run their Western democracies, their socialism into the economic ground all they want. They're free to implode economically like they are because we have propped them up. The Marshall Plan!
This is in his third month. January, February... It's the third month of his presidency, April of 2009. (impression) "America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, and even derisive. And we have failed to appreciate Europe." He's just jealous of their train stations. He wishes we had train stations like they do. Every city has a mob getting on trains instead of driving cars. This is worse than an apology! Here's June 4th in Cairo. Cairo University, "Barack Hussein Obama! Mmm! Mmm! Mmm!"
OBAMA 06.04.09: Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. 9/11 was an enormous trauma to our country. The fear and anger that it provoked was understandable, but in some cases it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. We are taking concrete actions to change course. I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States, and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.
RUSH: It was outrageous that he would say this. He's over at the seat of our enemies. Cairo, Egypt, is where Al-Qaeda was born! Well, Saudi Arabia for bin Laden, but Zawahiri and all these guys and the hijackers were Egyptian, many of them Saudi. What...? He goes over there and promises to close Gitmo. He accepts every talking point that we were guilty. We had no reason to go into Iraq.
Our previous cowboy president went in there as a matter of "choice" for whatever ill-gotten reasons. He says we acted "contrary to our traditions and our ideals" when we did not act contrary to our traditions and our ideals. We were acting in defense of US national interests! Romney was exactly right. He didn't hit him hard enough on this stuff. This was worse than an apology tour. This man went around the world and indicted this country, and he wasn't through.
We're still in Cairo on June 4th, 2009...
OBAMA 06.04.09: In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government. I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons. And that's why I strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.
RUSH: Fat chance. Fat chance. Dream on! Naive little liberal. A world where no nation has nuclear weapons? Dream on. How are you gonna get 'em out of Pakistan? How you gonna get 'em out of the ChiComs' hands? How are you gonna get 'em out of the hands of Putin when you ask Putin to just be patient with you, that you can be a little bit more flexible after you win reelection? You'll get rid of ours while he holds onto his. This is worse than an apology tour. This is the president of the United States deriding his own country.
June 4th, still in Cairo...
OBAMA 06.04.09: There's been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation on any other.
RUSH: See, Romney was dead on right last night. Here he is once again. Democracy is not what we're about. Freedom is what we're about, and you do not "impose" freedom. You liberate people and give them freedom. You don't impose freedom on people. It's not possible, because freedom is not an imposition. So our president says (impression), "It's not for anybody else to determine who has nuclear weapons."
Right there, I tend to believe the media reports over the weekend that Obama has told the Iranians that he thinks they're within their rights to have nuclear weapons. That was a leak over the weekend. I tend to believe it because of what he said in Cairo. (impression) "No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons." That means us! It means we're not a superpower. It means we don't have the right.
This was not an apology tour; it was a condemnation tour. By the way, didn't Obama just "impose" our democracy on Libya? Didn't he just "impose" our democracy on Egypt? Didn't he just impose...? He wants us to believe that he brought flowering democracy to the region! The Arab Spring is the outbreak of Obama-like democracy, right? Didn't he impose that? "No system of government can or should be imposed by one nation on any other."
You don't impose freedom!
Folks, I'm sorry. I'd forgotten how mad I was back in June of 2009 listening to this crap. I really had forgotten how mad I was. I'm reliving it all over again. And we knew this during his campaign. We knew who he was. And to have to read that AP story today asking, "Who is he?" After four years, we still don't know? If you don't know after four years, you're not looking.
If you don't know who this man is after four years, you don't care. This was a condemnation tour. We're not finished. Let's go to the June 2, 2009, Obama on the BBC News. North American editor Justin Webb was interviewing Obama. He said, "You're making the speech in Cairo. Amnesty International says there are thousands of political prisoners in Egypt. How do you address that issue?"
OBAMA 06.02.09: Democracy, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, those are not simply principles of the West to be hoisted on these countries, but rather, what I believe to be universal principles that they can embrace and affirm as part of their national identity. The danger, I think, is when the United States or any country thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture.