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February 27th, 2012
02:38 AM ET

No Talking Points: Presidential Apologies

The Republican presidential hopefuls are hammering President Barack Obama for apologizing to Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans at Bagram Air Base, an incident the U.S. military claims was accidental. As Don Lemon points out in tonight's No Talking Points, President Obama is hardly the first commander-in-chief to offer his mea culpa.


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  1. msabena

    there is absolutely nothing wrong with anyone – including a President – who apologizes when a wrong has been done or a mistake have been made. i continue to say Thank God we have a thinking, human being occupying the oval office and not one of those d-heads who are running on the repub ticket!

    February 27, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  2. Gretchen

    Herein lies the danger in deifying inanimate objects.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  3. watchman

    can you believe obama calling the burning of korans an accident. this was no accident. they did it to destroy them and the messages inside written by militants. an accident would be if whole building burnt down with the korans inside. quit lieing obama. Lord bring your justice to this nation. maranatha

    February 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  4. Terry

    It's not that his apologizing, it's the fact that he does it all the time. Okay if you look into this report on the burning, you'll find out there there were not many copies of the Quran burned, out of a lot of materials, only a very small portion were Qurans. But what people are not pointing out was that the books were already ruined. Militants had already defaced the books by writing what are in themselves anti-Quran messages all through-out the books. the Quran is a book of peace that teaches it's readers to live in peace and to do right. These people wrote things in those books that were a complete 180 of what the Quran is all about. Most Muslims would have said the Quran's needed destroyed anyway, but the issue is the facts are not being given out to the people on the street and when the POUS gets on TV and says were sorry then people think we did something wrong.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  5. WD

    What is the problem? Mistake or deliberate, President Obama apologizing may help defuse the situation over there. That is what a 'good' leader does. Being able say 'I am sorry' is a true sign of strength. Even there beloved President Bush, had sense enough to know when to say I am sorry. What's up with these guys? Also, if the Qurans were old, defaced, ruined and contained anti-Quran messages, why not just lock them away somewhere since we know how sensitive Quran burning is?

    February 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Name*Wayne

    What is wrong with an apology no matter who you are? Only humble people will ever find the courage to apologize. One of the problems with America over the years is that we have trampled on other countries sovereignty. We have tried to interject our standards on other countries just because we are Americans. Everything that is good for America is not good for other countries. President Obama was not wrong to apologize. Apologies are not always offered because a person is admitting that an intentional wrong has been done. Sometimes the better person apologizes to calm the other person's negative feelings. This is what President Obama did. All of the naysayers and criticisers have probably never been humble enough to apologize for anything to anybody!

    February 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  7. Inga

    Like the idea of a smart, decent US President.

    February 28, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  8. Angela

    Okay, let's look at this another way, if the Afghanistan people were over here, and started burning bibles, you would probably have some angry folks. I would hope that it would not lead to murder, but in this country, who knows. However, I don't see Obama apologizing makes any difference. I think the burning was just an excuse for an already angered people having another excuse to murder Americans. If no American was there in the first place, then NO American would be dead there. I cannot blame them for hating us, if they were here bombing my people, I would not wait far an excuse (like burning our bibles) to kill them. And, I think every single American would do the same. This country has turned into the land of hypocrites.

    February 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  9. Angela

    I don't recall Hitler saying "Whoops".

    February 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  10. Sandra

    I wish we could get some true reporting about Malia Obama taking twelve friends with her, to Mexico, at the American taxpayers' expense. Why doesn't somebody come forward with that information to the American public? Sure would be nice to hear some truth, for a change.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  11. Sandra

    When have the American people ever received an apology for ours being killed in the line of duty, or out, saving small children? All onesided. Afghans can stand over there and burn our flags and curse America and Americans, but we
    expend our energies, our people, our money for their aid. Something wrong whth this picture.

    March 31, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  12. Janet jones

    Don that was a bunch of bull on no talking points tonight. President Obama have every right to blame the bush adm. For this mess the economy was in when he took office. The republicans are still blaming Bill Clinton for the housing market. It took eight or more years to get in this mess and it's going to take more than 3 yrs. to get out of it. The medina always pick up on the republicans talking points they have been saying this from day one. If they don't blame everything on President Obama, then they blame it on the media.

    April 23, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  13. Gina K

    Was just watching CNN just to see how biased they are and OMG, they just did a whole segment that was a bold faced LIE. Dom Lemon PERPETUATING the narrative that Romney's statement about the embassy's apologizing for hurting muslims feelings came too early. Problem is Lemon stated that Romney's statment came early and then quote and Hilary's statement stating there was nothing in her statement that was an apology. That's because Romney was responding the statement coming out of the Embassy earlier. HE TOTALLY SPINNED IT. There was an apology, I've seen the apology several times on the news the past two days. CNN IS SO IN THE TANK FOR OBAMA. Now they are getting ready to air a story about the Catholic Church. Can't wait to see the spin on this one.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:42 pm |

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