We learn as children the importance of saying “I’m sorry.” They’re words of contrition that can heal a real or perceived wrong, even unblock a stalled relationship.
And “I’m sorry” is where the left is stuck following Monday night’s third Presidential debate: they can’t accept that words can be an apology even if they don’t include the phrase “I’m sorry.” And so they are unhinged-adamant that the world tour Obama took in 2009 cannot be called an Apology Tour because he never actually said “I’m sorry.” This was a hot button for the President Monday night: making a larger point, his challenger referred to the trip as an Apology Tour and the President got mired down in the label itself and insisted that it was not an Apology Tour.
So let’s play along for a moment.
First of all, I think even Democrats would agree that the purpose of the President’s trip in early 2009 was to travel to key regions of the world and assure them that it was a new day for America and that she was going to change her ways on the world stage. At least this seemed to be the message when Obama spoke at the G-20 Summit in London, saying: “I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we’ve made, that you’re starting to see some restoration of America’s standing in the world.”
So, if the President was wanting to make a change in America’s standing, by changing her behavior, then that means he had a problem – or at least perceived that some other countries had a problem – with the behavior he felt needed changing.
Secondly, let’s do just the most cursory bit of parsing:
apology: (n) – a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another.
Notice what’s missing from the definition? The requirement that the words “I’m sorry” be included in the written or spoken expression of regret.
Here is a just a small sampling of the statements Obama made during his round-the-world trip after first taking office:
- “There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”
- “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”
- In May of 2009 Obama referred to Arizona’s immigration reform law “a misdirected expression of frustration.”
So really, all you have to do is read each statement and compare it to the definition of the word ‘apology.’ Like this:
“There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”
Taken in context with the purpose of the President’s travels, which was to promise a change in America’s behavior on the world stage, is this statement “a written or spoken expression of one’s regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another”?
You bet your ass it is. It’s an apology. And making similar critical statements about America’s past behavior in country after country justifies calling the whole trip an Apology Tour even if the words “I’m sorry” were never uttered. The President and the left can argue otherwise, but to do so is intellectually dishonest and a further insult to the American people.