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Congressman King Schools Soledad O'Brien on Obama's 'Apology Tour'
NewsBusters.org ^ | September 17, 2012 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 09/17/2012 9:28:04 AM PDT by Kaslin

CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Monday felt the need to defend Barack Obama from criticism that his policies are at least partially responsible for the recent anti-American hostilities transpiring in the Middle East and other parts of the globe.

During a heated debate with Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Starting Point, O'Brien got a much-needed education on the President's "apology tour" (video follows with CNN transcript and commentary):

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, HOST: Let me play a little bit of what you said on Friday. You talked about the president going on an apology tour. I want to play a little chunk of that.

REP. PETER KING (R-NEW YORK): Right.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

KING: President Obama's policies in summer of 2009, he took his apology, I believe have not helped the United States. They have weakened our position in the Middle East. They have provided -- sent a very mixed message, a confusing message. Combine that with the way he treats Netanyahu and Israel, and the pulling troops out of Iraq without getting status of forces agreement, the apologies.

You put it all together and I think what we saw this week is in many ways a logical result of all that.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

O'BRIEN: Let's talk about that last line. What we saw this week is in many ways a logical result of all that. Are you saying that the president is responsible and his policies responsible for the death of American ambassador to Libya?

KING: I'm saying the president's policies have sent a confused message. For instance, take Egypt. Here is a country getting $1.6 billion in aid, annual aid, from the United States. You have President Morsi for the first day, the entire day of our embassy being under attack, did virtually nothing to protect us and was actually putting out statements in Arabic where he was sympathizing with the demonstrators and those attacking the American embassy.

What it's done is it's created a climate, it's created an attitude in the Middle East where our allies don't trust us, where those who are undecided are starting to hedge their bets and turn against us. For instance in Iraq, the president talks about how he pulled out troops out of Iraq. The fact is he was given a glide path in Iraq. He pulled the truth out without get establish of forces agreement, leaving any troops behind. Now Iran is emerging as a major power in that region where if we had our troops there that would not happen.

O'BRIEN: But you've been talking about an apology tour. As you know that matches the framing of other people.

Donald Rumsfeld says he's made a practice of trying to apologize for America, he's talking about the president.

Mitt Romney has said I will not and never apologize for America. I don't apologize for America.

Tim Pawlenty back in February was saying, Mr. President, stop apologizing.

Where do you see an apology? You called it an apology tour. You said the apologies. What apologies are you specifically talking about?

KING: I would say when he was in Cairo in 2009, when he was basically apologizing for American policies, saying American policies sometimes have gone too far --

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: That was on April 3rd in 2009. Right. But that's not apology. People --

KING: It is. I do consider it -- we're apologizing for -- we have nothing to apologize to the Muslim world at all. We have not sacrificed our ideals.

He was overseas criticizing American officials and the CIA and others when he says that we lost our ideals. These are the people who kept us safe for eight, nine years against Islamic terrorists.

O'BRIEN: Everybody keeps talking about this apology tour and apologies from the president.

KING: It is.

O'BRIEN: 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 factcheck.org which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this.

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. I'm reading the speeches.

KING: No. Soledad, what I'm saying is any common sense interpretation of those speeches, the president's apologizing for the American position. That's the apology tour.

That's the way it's interpreted in the Middle East. If I go over and say that the U.S. has violated its principles, that the United States has not shown respect for Islam, that's an apology. How else can it be interpreted?

O'BRIEN: I think plenty of people are interpreting it as a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it. So I don't think that everybody agrees it's apology.

KING: I don't interpret it that way.

O'BRIEN: Clearly.

KING: More importantly, our enemies don't interpret it that way.

O'BRIEN: I don't know that that's necessarily the case. I think that's what we're trying to figure out.

KING: I think it is. That's where we have an honest difference of opinion.



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The rest and the video is in the link
1 posted on 09/17/2012 9:28:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

She has really developed and finely honed that smirk to a point where she could go on MSNBC next to Queen Smirky McSmirk herslef -Rachel Maddow


2 posted on 09/17/2012 9:33:59 AM PDT by Mr. K (Reagan: “Washington is where good ideas go to die.”)
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To: Kaslin
You cannot have a discussion with someone like Soledad. A normal discussion holds the posibility (I would say: the hope) that you might educate me, and with a bit of luck, the possibility that I might educate you. We discuss. We both learn. In the end, we are both better off. Discussion is a great thing.

Soledad does not discuss.

Soledad conducts an interview according to this guideline: "Shut up, Sir, and let me defend Obama."

What's the point of talking to someone like that?

3 posted on 09/17/2012 9:34:39 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (ua)
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To: Kaslin
O'brien:

"And STOP staring at my forehead!!!

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4 posted on 09/17/2012 9:36:34 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Kaslin

” nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it”

Don’t just just love Obama’s nuanced approach to diplomacy?


5 posted on 09/17/2012 9:37:05 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: Kaslin
"a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it."

King should have cut her off right there and demanded names.

6 posted on 09/17/2012 9:45:51 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: Kaslin

Soledad inherited her good looks from her father and her brain from her mother.


7 posted on 09/17/2012 9:46:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin
This chick needs to pick up a dictionary. This diplomatic "nuance" the chick speaks of is automatically relegated as an apology by admitting nefarious past transgression occurred in Obummer's opinion.

apol·o·gy noun \ə-ˈpä-lə-jē\ plural apol·o·gies Definition of APOLOGY 1 a : a formal justification : defense b : excuse 2a 2 : an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret 3 : a poor substitute : makeshift
8 posted on 09/17/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: Kaslin

Soledad showed the pittbull-like tenacity of a Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in that interview.


9 posted on 09/17/2012 9:47:35 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Kaslin

She’s so brilliant, so much brighter than those
Christian morons out there, like Mr. King, who only know simplistic remedies as opposed to the brilliant, really-really smart, highly intellectual, nuanced, superior thinking processes of Progressives.

/sarcasm/


10 posted on 09/17/2012 9:49:43 AM PDT by ripley
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To: EGPWS

Got’em on the end of each boob, too but this is a family board so no pics. I dont wanna get booted.


11 posted on 09/17/2012 9:50:57 AM PDT by halfright (FAST & FURIOUS! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION.)
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To: Kaslin
What an ignorant tw@*.

A 'nuanced approach to diplomacy'? Gimme a break.

Soledad, If I were to say to you I want to decapitate you and then dismember you because you disrespected my religion, would you not make the assumption that I hate you? Or would you simply consider that a nuanced approach to stocking my freezer for the Winter?

12 posted on 09/17/2012 9:53:34 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m sorry, but even though Barack Obama didn’t say “I’m sorry” directly he did in diplomaticspeak, which is a more nuanced language, so it was an apology tour.

Obama did call the US arrogant, that is indisputable.

Obama has bashed the United States and Americans abroad, that is indisputable.

Obama told Putin he would disarm us, that is indisputable.

Obama did bow himself before Muslim and Chinese tyrants, that is indisputable.


13 posted on 09/17/2012 9:57:44 AM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: Kaslin
Prison, I mean Soledad, O'Brien!

What a tool.


The pain you feel today is the strength you'll have tomorrow.

14 posted on 09/17/2012 9:58:45 AM PDT by rdb3 (Democrats: Once a slave owner, ALWAYS a slave owner!)
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To: Kaslin
” nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it”

Nuanced means a subtle or slight difference. So we can say that he went on a "nuanced apology" tour because he never exactly said, "I apologize" or "I'm Sorry".

15 posted on 09/17/2012 9:59:38 AM PDT by oldbrowser (An empty chair attracts a stadium full of empty chairs.)
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To: Kaslin

Too bad King didn’t have the picture of Obama bowing to the Sauds... sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.


16 posted on 09/17/2012 10:00:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (first they came for those clinging to their guns and religion, and I did not speak out....)
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To: Kaslin
King should have asked O'Brien if burkhas and a clitorectomy are nuanced?
17 posted on 09/17/2012 10:03:24 AM PDT by masadaman
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To: Kaslin

King could have simply asked if O’Brien if she knows Arabic or any middle eastern language, and then asked her if that although the speech did not say “I apologize” in English what did it say to the people who were listening to it ?

Do fact checkers take the cultural differences into account ?

We need to get smarter when talking with these people - I like King.


18 posted on 09/17/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT by mike_9958
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To: Kaslin

So if Soledad was caught on video taking money and having sex with people in a biker bar restroom would she have to be called a whore to be one?


19 posted on 09/17/2012 10:17:09 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: Kaslin

She is simply defending the man who forces all of us to pay for her birth control.


20 posted on 09/17/2012 10:18:07 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Kaslin

According to the logic of UsefullIdiotSoledad, if the literal word ‘apology’ or ‘apolgize’ is not used/spoken by the AnnointedIdiot, then there was no “Apology Tour” or there is no validity to such. Again, ‘useful idiot’ nearly fails to quantify logic and argument. Yo, UsefulIdiotSoledad, anyone can read between the lines at what was insinuated...except the AnnoitedIdiot loving LSM.....=.=


21 posted on 09/17/2012 10:20:34 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Kaslin
KING: More importantly, our enemies don't interpret it that way.

O'BRIEN: I don't know that that's necessarily the case. I think that's what we're trying to figure out.

Soledad, if you have to figure it out, it's either too "nuanced" for you or it's an Apology Tour.

22 posted on 09/17/2012 11:12:28 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Kaslin

Any publicly held company that advertises on CNN has leadership that is guilty of not taking due diligence with the stockholders hard-earned money. CNN refuses to do its’ job and correct this administration.


23 posted on 09/17/2012 11:20:31 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Any publicly held company that advertises on CNN has leadership that is guilty of not taking due diligence with the stockholders hard-earned money. CNN refuses to do its’ job and correct this administration.


24 posted on 09/17/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Mr. K
She has really developed and finely honed that smirk to a point where she could go on MSNBC next to Queen Smirky McSmirk herslef -Rachel Maddow

O'Brien's smirk was a lot easier on the eyes before she developed the extra chin. True, that required turning the audio off, but that's usually what I have to do with CNN anyway.

25 posted on 09/17/2012 11:22:41 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Soledad, If I were to say to you I want to decapitate you and then dismember you because you disrespected my religion, would you not make the assumption that I hate you? Or would you simply consider that a nuanced approach to stocking my freezer for the Winter?

We don't call you "Bloody Sam Roberts" for nothing....

:^)

26 posted on 09/17/2012 11:26:26 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Kaslin
O'BRIEN: I think plenty of people are interpreting it as a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it

Okay, It was a nuanced apology tour.

27 posted on 09/17/2012 12:25:19 PM PDT by Starstruck (It's all Obama's fault)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Soledad does not discuss. Soledad conducts an interview according to this guideline: "Shut up, Sir, and let me defend Obama." What's the point of talking to someone like that?

You are not talking to Soledad, you are talking to her audience.

The probability that you will cause Soledad to come out and say "You're right, Obama is an idiot" is about the same as you having been able to get OJ's legal team to concede, during his trial, that he was guilty. And for the same reasons.

Soledad is being paid to advance a particular narrative. As long as her producer tells her what she's supposed to support, that's what she will do, regardless of what she might personally think.

28 posted on 09/17/2012 12:35:50 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: EGPWS

Interpretation some things she can’t understand.


29 posted on 09/17/2012 12:42:20 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: kevkrom

I can’t figure out why not one republican ever responds with “Who said that?” every time a leftist reporter starts a question with “Some people say....”.


30 posted on 09/17/2012 9:12:08 PM PDT by Terry Mross (The Clintons are extremely afraid of obama. Do they owe him their souls?)
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To: Kaslin
“Where do you see an apology? You called it an apology tour. You said the apologies. What apologies are you specifically talking about?” Soledad O'Brien

She is lucky I was not in Congressman King's shoes that night.

My reply would be.

“Now Soledad; if I were to say to you ‘The way Sunnunu insulted you was disgraceful. When he suggested you should wear an 0bama bumper sticker on your forehead when you speak it denigrated you as a professional journalist. I promise that going forward we should treat you with more professional respect and usher in a new era of good will.’ Any thinking person would see that as an apology for the conduct of Sunnunu. You can point out that the apology didn't contain the word “apology” or “apologize” - but you cannot in good faith claim it was not apologizing for Sunnunu’s (quite accurate) remarks.”

31 posted on 09/18/2012 9:28:33 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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