From a recent blog written by columnist and editorial writer Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune:
Don’t you miss the days when we had a Republican president who wasn’t afraid to speak up for America in the face of foreign criticism? The kind of president who didn’t feel the United States is always in the wrong?
I have fond memories of when George W. Bush ventured abroad to defend his country: “The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal, and we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words — within our borders, and around the world.”
Beg your pardon?
Oh, my mistake.
Those weren’t Bush’s words. They were the words of President Obama, in a speech in Cairo last June — one stop on what Republicans see as his never-ending “apology tour.”