Shortly after Barack Obama took office, he set up on what became known as the "apology" tour. He went from nation to nation telling citizens of those countries that America had abused its role as world leader. Obama thought that by shrinking from our greatness, countries would start to "like" us again. He also said that when he became president, tensions in the Middle East would ease as well. How's that working out for everyone?
Back in 2007, Barack Obama said, "I truly believe that the day I'm inaugurated not only does the country look at itself differently, but the whole world looks at America differently."
In that same speech, Obama added this gem:
If I'm reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I've lived in a Muslim country, and I may be a Christian, but I understand their point of view.
Obama then claimed his travels as a youth and his "experience" on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (hmmm... about 2 years or less) would be the recipe for success around the world:
"My sister is half Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years so I am intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspectives these folks have.
"And these are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world, and when you combine that with my work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on everything from immigration to issues of genocide, then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is (sic) tied up with our ability to work with other countries of the world."
And, of course, just like he always does, Obama ended with a dig at President Bush:
"And that will ultimately make us safer. And that's something that this administration [Bush] has failed to understand."
Then, when Obama became president, he went out of his way to tell other countries just how wrong America has been:
The Washington Free Beacon put an excellent column together when GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was blasted for saying, "I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. No Mr. President, America has freed other nations from dictators." The report points to example after example of Obama apologizing for American leadership.
But is it working? All one has to do is look at what is happening around the world, and the easy answer is NO. And there are data to prove it. The Pew Research Center conducts a yearly survey of how other countries view America. Just look how the percentages of citizens who have an unfavorable view of America have changed from 2008 to 2012:
So, under Obama, relations with the Middle East have not improved. In fact, now Americans are dead, and violence is erupting all over the region. But... it's all because of a stupid video, right?