April 23, 2009

Rove: The President's Apology tour wraps up

Posted: 05:22 PM ET

By Karl Rove, former senior advisor to President George W Bush

President Barack Obama has finished the second leg of his international confession tour. In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors.

Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America "has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive" toward Europe. In Prague, he said America has "a moral responsibility to act" on arms control because only the U.S. had "used a nuclear weapon." In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by "just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy" - as if that were a bad thing. And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not "pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors" because we "failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas."

By confessing our nation's sins, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Mr. Obama has "changed the image of America around the world" and made the U.S. "safer and stronger." As evidence, Mr. Gibbs pointed to the absence of protesters during the Summit of the Americas this past weekend.

That's now the test of success? Anti-American protesters are a remarkably unreliable indicator of a president's wisdom. Ronald Reagan drew hundreds of thousands of protesters by deploying Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe. Those missiles helped win the Cold War.


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paula   April 23rd, 2009 5:37 pm ET

go away, Mr. Rove !

John E in Arizona   April 23rd, 2009 5:52 pm ET

Karl Rove is absolutely correct in his assessment of President Obama's apology trips. We have truly lost our swagger since he became President, and I'm afraid it's just begun. Joe Biden was right when he said, "Within six months after taking office, the President will be challenged by some crisis". And this has proven to be true - not that anyone could not have predicted the same. I just hope and pray that President Obama is on the right track, but I don't think so. I strongly believe this country will be attacked again somehow, and the weakness will be traced back to the weak responses we have seen out of President Obama thus far - 100 days into his term. I strongly support the National Day of Prayer coming up on May 7, 2009.

Michael C. McHugh   April 23rd, 2009 6:13 pm ET

Obama is calm, mature, reflective and thoughtful–all the things Reagan and Bush Junior never were. Far from it! They were bombastic, arrogant, ignorant and hsterical, and even managed to turn our allies against us. Obama is not only smarter than most of the Republicans, he's more reasonable, not as thuggish, bullying and militaristic. And yes, it's also true that America can be wrong. That may be the best thing Obama said so far, that we are not like God.

Besides, Mr. Rove, our heyday is over. We've been in decline a long time and it is accelerating. Everyone can see that today. Actually, our economy has been in decline for 30 years or more, relative to other powers, and that's geeting worse.

So....we have to learn to work better with other countries and international organizations on global problems like hunger, poverty, the environment, economic development, abd so on.

Pietro Sirianni   April 23rd, 2009 6:23 pm ET

Mr. Rove fails to realize a few key facts:

1) Obama is fixing what the Bush administration destroyed, diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.

2) It is best to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Pietro Sirianni   April 23rd, 2009 6:48 pm ET

I'm sorry, forgive me but I have to say it.
If you just look at guys like Rove, and Limbaugh they look like what they are: greedy, overfed swine that are constantly looking for more. They are slaves to their insatiable appetites for food and money; the truth is just an obstacle to them.

Lisa   April 23rd, 2009 6:57 pm ET

Pietro : "Obama is fixing what the Bush administration destroyed, diplomatic relations with the rest of the world." Just remember the last 7 yrs. we have been safe!

As for you second comment, he has no idea what he is up against. Americans elected a president with absolutly no experience. Many Americans fell for his charm while he was running for office. This is what he is attempting to do to them too. Unfortunately, we are becoming a joke and looked upon as weak.

For crying out loud, the guy just publicaly released sealed documents concerning our fight against terrorist!

Dodie - Irvine California   April 23rd, 2009 7:16 pm ET

Karl Rove: I have never seen a picture of you with your mouth closed. You seem to be always running your mouth off. Its certainly a good indication of your lack of intelligence....

Meghan McCain: said…I wish Karl Rove would go away. ((( AND SO DO I )))

Rove is one of the reasons we are in this mess.

Better watch out Rove, you can run, but you cannot hide. My day will be made when the US courts bring you up on charges and you serve the rest of your miserable live in prison. Then what will you do with the billions of dollars you stole from the tax-payers???

My recommendation: ((( SHUT YOUR UGLY MOUTH )))

donnie   April 23rd, 2009 7:59 pm ET

Go Away, Bush, jr., Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice,,,,,,all of you may be in JAIL someday..on to a better world..

Mari, Utah   April 23rd, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Really............... KARL............ I REMEMBER........... George H. Bush having to travel around the world ........... apologizing to our Allies for Reagan SELLING......... ARMS........ to the IRANIANS! Iran Contra Scandal??

For the U.S.A. to think, even for one second that we are SO high and mighty........ and perfect........... is sheer lunacy AND arrogance!

We are not perfect, folks, all we have to do is look back on our Nation's short history here are a few mistakes:
Slavery..... Jim Crow Laws...... Segregation.......
Iran Contra Scandal
Selling BIO weapons to......... Sadaam Hussein
TRAINING & ARMING the........ yep.... Taliban!
Rounding up American Citizens and placing them in "camps" because they were.......... Japanese!
How about supporting Chile's dictator, Pinochet? Who terrorized Chile.
How about the U.S. supporting Cuba's Batista?
HIROSHIMA? And the millions killed.......

Our Nation is not perfect, we have made plenty of mistakes. Recently, the Bush/Cheney administration tortured prisoners of the war of terror! The World is right to be disgusted and disappointed that the U.S.A., who has stood for FREEDOM and JUSTICE.......... did such an immoral thing!

Thank God we have a president, Barack Obama, who is not arrogant, who is willing to admit that our Nation........ can make mistakes...... and thank GOD hopefully learn from them!

hugh ~ california   April 23rd, 2009 8:20 pm ET

@John E in Arizona,
Your right-wing religious "might makes right" argument is right out of the republican play book. Swagger? I'm happy some nut you'd vote for isn't running the country. Some should pray for peace, not swagger!

You, "strongly believe this country will be attacked again somehow, and the weakness will be traced back to the weak responses we have seen out of President Obama thus far —100 days into his term."
Where in the hell do you get that idea! Oh, the forgot–the GOP handbook! It's a shame Obama had to apologize to the world about our former president, George "W"–the worst president in history, who I'm quite certain you voted for, even if you say you didn't.

Dodie from Irvine, CA   April 23rd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

@ John E in Arizona

The days of shooting first and then asking questions later is gone forever.

You said: We have truly lost our swagger since he became President.

If you mean have we lost our arrogance towards the rest of the world and finally joined them. Then Yes. It is obvious, that you do NOT travel out of this country or you would certainly know that when a country is hated by the rest of the world, the potential for attack is much greater.

You were born 100 years too late!

Dave of Detroit   April 23rd, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Another Biblical Lesson-It is better to be asked by the host to the main table than to assert your right to it and the chair of honor. The world is having a tremendous problem with a President of the United States that is truly humble. Congress is having a terrible time with a President that is actually doing something about the problems of the Country without checking with the Political Action Groups that control Congress. The media is having problems with a President that actually answers their questions as honestly as he can, and , whisper this-Even Lou Dobbs has to admit that he is doing something about the Border Crisis and double whisper this, without taking away Lou's right to his AK-47 and triple whisper this-As a Detroiter Lou, I don't think you either own or want to own an AK-47...............

Michael C. McHugh   April 23rd, 2009 9:52 pm ET

And part of the problem with the Republicans is that they never shut up, never stop running for office, even though they left a total disaster for Obama to deal with. Still, they just won't shut up–they never turn off that Republican attack machine.

Gary Chandler in Canada   April 23rd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

like America needed more SWAGGER ROFL

STOP wearing Canadian flags when you travel abroad... pullease!!!
90% of Americans are familiar with the movie U571.
83% of those actually think America was involved in the War when that occured. sheesh
just Google how many civilian deaths have occured in Iraq,,, even an 'open minded' station like CNN does not report on that!!!
Last year the Americans had rescue ships in the area of the Myrnamar disaster and held them back, even though a UN resolution would have allowed.
America has a long history of things to apologise for, sticking their noses in places they should not and running coward from places they should help.
[Google CIA involvement in Somalia led to cause of the piracy problems]
When Britain and Canada declared war on Hitler, America decalred 'neutratlity' ya a real Switzerland I BET!

kevin   April 23rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Mr. Rove - The real truth is that you will spend the rest of your life trying - and failing - to defend the Bush administration.

Pietro Sirianni   April 23rd, 2009 11:39 pm ET


Bush was the biggest joke in American history who made 99% of Americans feel ashamed. We were not safe for 7 years, we were victims of the bush administration. Now we are in the bush Depression, and once again a democrat will have to clean up after the greedy republicants.

janette tx   April 24th, 2009 3:08 am ET

Rove just go away,you are not welcome here
you've had eight years as Bush's brain and
we see where that got us just go the heck some volunteer work.Bye!!!!

dolores   April 24th, 2009 4:34 am ET

only the Lord judges...go away Rove....

World citizen   April 24th, 2009 6:41 am ET

As long as THEY keep paying him, Rove will keep talking trash.

He doesn't care, money is money.

Your glory days are gone, and Hell is waiting for you (unless you are already in it).

Demond   April 24th, 2009 8:28 am ET

Karl Rove and the rest of the right wing fanactics are upset that they will no longer be getting rich off of tax payers dollars. They will be required to pay their share of taxes with no more loopholes, no more money from lobbyist (Banned from the white house by Obama), and no more kickbacks in return for government contracts.

Obama has repaired not only relations with the world but has also won back the respect of allied countries. Some of those countries finally agreeing to send more troops and money into Afghanistan and that relieves some of the burden on our military and on tax payers.

Ted   April 24th, 2009 8:39 am ET

Mr. Rove,

"Those who know a lot talk very little,
those who talk a lot know very little,"

so please keep your mouth shut.

President Reagan was ignorant of the works of this world, his Star War dreams ruined us financially. Not the missiles placed by us, but our industrial power won the Cold War. The Sovjetunion simply could not match our output of military hardware, neither in quantity nor in quality. However, we ruined our country at the same time, so there is no winner!

You can wake up Mr. Obama at middle of the night and he will give you a more intelligent answer than Mr. Bush could give after a week of intensive tutoring! How did he become a president, with Daddy´s money. How did he become Governor, with Daddy´s money. Why did he not go to Vietnam, because Daddy had a lot of money. Why did he not go to jail after going on AWOL as a pilot. Because Daddy had a lot of money.
You say Mr. Obama has no experience? What kind of experience could Bush show, beside an IQ of perhaps 75?

After reading all the comment I am most delighted that America is not as arrogant as our politicians reflect to the world. Mr. Obama is doing the right thing and if he sticks to his programme he will be the greatest President we ever had.

FATBOY CHESAPEAKE VA.   April 24th, 2009 9:46 am ET


Pietro Sirianni   April 24th, 2009 10:39 am ET

The old, rich, white, anglo-saxon, man no longer rules America and thats what scares these people the most. Their gravy train has come to an end. Don't be fooled: it has nothing to do with taxes, size of government, or the national debt.

Jay   April 24th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

It's gonna take a world tour to apologize for the last administration.

tommy   April 24th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

how can he sleep @ night? he just doesn't care, except for power & money, big ego , strong ego & selfish !..

John . Redondo Beach, CA   April 24th, 2009 2:52 pm ET

Karl Rove represents the un-American movement to destroy our freedom. It is not a weakness to be humble, it's a show of wisdom and strength .

KARL you must have received a lot of weggies in middle school to be this afraid of your own shadow and of the American People.
Karl Your in need of therapy ..................alot of it.

elvis payne   April 24th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

The Republican's have rewriiten the bible if your neighbor hates you hate them back if your neighbor falsley acuse you of something do the same if your neighbor want's to shake your hand and speak to you turn the other cheek and speek not because GOD loves a hateful heart.just speek to the one's that agree with you . two face Rove God said do not lie .but you twist the truth a lie is a lie just like waterboarding how can you say something we see with our own eye's . english has not changed.but you try to convince the american people differently you are are no different than Osama bin Laden because you think the same that is sad not the killing maybe but your word's speak for themself.Maybe if you treated the prisoner's like a human they could return back and tell the other's the American's are not like Osama Bin Laden was teaching us that is how you change a person heart not give them the same bad idea;s.torture..........I would like to add something how is that the Bush administration put a Prison In Cuba. that is a communist country but Obam can not even shake hand's with Chaves and be the President we want to be kind to other's .who we do not agree with .is that a fair say.

Dave of Detroit   April 25th, 2009 5:39 pm ET

Response to Pietro-As an old WASP, I can agree that the Gravy Train has stopped and you are correct in the assumption that it has nothing to do with taxes, size of government or National Debt-It has more to do with corruption. loss of National Pride and Dignity, Congressmen and Senators that are actually lobbyists before Statesmen, and a Supreme Court that no longer even tries to function as the Preservers of American Society and openly attack the strength of America-The Churches and Faith that were the moral and Spiritual Force that saw the Nation through every crisis we have faced. Any arguement you can give me can be easily answered by reading the news or following the media but here's a thought-A Nation without God will not Flourish. This is an Historical fact that the Founders of this Country were well aware of, but they were old white Anglo Saxon and wealthy!

Pietro Sirianni   April 26th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

Our founding father's were white, anglo-saxons but they came from from the age of enlightenment and were very progressive. Religion was important to them but they realized it could be used against the people so they separated church and state. They were very wise, because we see today how certain groups are trying to impose their faith on the masses but are prevented by our law.

The greatest strength of America is not its faith. America is the greatest country on earth because we accept people of any faith from any nation with something positive to offer. America is the homogenization of the worlds greatest qualities. Religion is only a small piece of the pie.

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