FactCheck.org has repeatedly "debunked" this accusation. They say:
"Our fact-checking colleagues at PolitiFact and the Washington Post Fact Checker both pored over those speeches, and others, and wrote detailed analyses of the content of Obama’s words. Their conclusion: Obama never apologized. We’ve read through the speeches as well. We’ve come to the same conclusion: Nowhere did we see that the president 'apologized' for America."
It is this type of "fact-checking" that makes the fact checkers lose credibility. They did the same thing in claiming that President Obama called the attack in Libya an "act of terror" because he said the words "acts of terror" in his speech the day after the attacks. The fact checking focuses on semantics instead of focusing on the message.
Let's say that I get into an argument with a friend and relations are strained. And then I call up the friend and I say:
"Look, I really messed up. I'm a complete jerk. I know I made you feel bad, and I shouldn't have done that. You've always been so great to me, and I just wasn't myself the other day. Can we be friends again?"
Did I apologize?
According to FactCheck.org and others, the answer is: No. Because I never used the words "sorry" or "apologize".
Mitt Romney stated it perfectly last night in the debate:
"And then the president began what I’ve called an apology tour of going to — to various nations in the Middle East and — and criticizing America."
Romney never said that Pres. Obama told the other nations "sorry". He said that he went on an "apology tour", going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID!
So you can be the judge. Here are excerpts, in Obama's own words, from speeches he gave on this tour of nations:
He did not, in fact, say the words "sorry" or "apologize". But his intention seems clear. Just like his "Rich People = Bad, Poor People = Good" philosophy, this is a "U.S. prior to his taking over the presidency = Bad, U.S after taking over his presidency = Good". The view that America has done it wrong (i.e. Slavery, Segregation, Overthrowing Dictators, etc.) has shaped who he is. It is is core. He is in the Presidency to balance out fix the wrongs that have been done in the past.
Michelle slipped and said: "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country." It is who they are. This is their core belief. The United States is a nation that needs to be fixed.
Conservatives believe that the United States has nothing to apologize to any nation for, because the United States has done more good for the world than any other nation in the history of the world.
When the subject of foreign aid to Pakistan came up in the debate last night, I thought, We give foreign aid to Pakistan? $20 BILLION in the last decade it turns out. We do that all around the world. When there is a disaster anywhere in the world, the U.S. is immediately there with resources. Wherever there are oppressed nations or people, the U.S. steps in and fights for freedom. The U.S. has not only protected ourselves from terrorism, but we have in turn protected the world from terrorism. The U.S. uses its military superiority to maintain peace and balance in the world. And on and on.
To take a tour of other nations, bowing to foreign leaders, and criticizing the United States on foreign soil is unacceptable. I hope when Romney gets into office, he goes on an "apology tour" here at home. I hope he apologizes to American citizens for our President flying to other nations and criticizing the U.S.. I hope he apologizes for the President of the United States making regular appearances on late night talk shows like any other celebrity (which no other sitting President had done prior to Pres. Obama.) I hope he apologizes for the $1 trillion stimulus of taxpayer money which was squandered on ventures like the Chevy Volt and Solyndra and "Cash for Clunkers" and many other projects like them.
And he can apologize for Pres. Obama initially sympathizing with the Muslim nations in the attack and killing of U.S. citizens over a YouTube video.
If there is anything Pres. Obama needs to be apologizing for, it is the last four years.