Does every Congressman have a sash?
I have never seen a Congressional sash before.
Was he Miss New York?
He came on O'Brien's show and trotted out the tired old "apology tour" line. Soledad O'Brien was having none of it!
Me? Oh, nothing. Just sitting here being awesome!
KING: President Obama's policies in summer of 2009, he took his apology, I believe have not helped the United States. They have weakened our position in the Middle East. They have provided -- sent a very mixed message, a confusing message. Combine that with the way he treats Netanyahu and Israel, and the pulling troops out of Iraq without getting status of forces agreement, the apologies. . .
O'BRIEN: But you've been talking about an apology tour. . . Where do you see an apology? You called it an apology tour. You said the apologies. What apologies are you specifically talking about?
KING: I would say when he was in Cairo in 2009, when he was basically apologizing for American policies, saying American policies sometimes have gone too far --
O'BRIEN: Never once in that speech, as you know, which I have the speech right here. That was -- he never once used the word apology. He never once said I'm sorry.
Okay, now Pete King is not going to let facts get in the way of a good narrative!
KING: Didn't have to. The logical -- any logical reading of that speech or the speech he gave in France where he basically said that the United States can be too aggressive --
O'BRIEN: That was on April 3rd in 2009. Right. But that's not apology. People --
KING: It is. I do consider it -- we're apologizing for -- we have nothing to apologize to the Muslim world at all. We have not sacrificed our ideals.
True, if our ideals include torture, indefinite detention, illegal wars of aggression, secret prisons. . .
O'BRIEN: Everybody keeps talking about this apology tour and apologies from the president.
KING: It is.
O'BRIEN: I'm trying to find the words I'm sorry, I apologize in any of those speeches. Which I have the text of all those speeches in front of me. None of those speeches at all, if you go to factcheck.org which we check in a lot, they all say the same thing. They fact check this.
KING: I don't care what fact check says.
Goddammit, I want this to be true! I don't care what the facts are!
O'BRIEN: There are fact checks. You may not care, but they're a fact checker. I'm reading the speeches.
KING: No. Soledad, what I'm saying is any common sense interpretation of those speeches, the president's apologizing for the American position. That's the apology tour.
There's a certain special way that these Republican men have of saying her name. It's so condescending, so smug. It's like "now, Soledad, you should know better than to argue with the grownups." It's really sickening.
That's the way it's interpreted in the Middle East. If I go over and say that the U.S. has violated its principles, that the United States has not shown respect for Islam, that's an apology. How else can it be interpreted?
O'BRIEN: I think plenty of people are interpreting it as a nuanced approach to diplomacy is how some people are interpreting it.
Feel the burn, King!
Feel the burn, King!
King is pretty pathetic. I think someone told him to use the catch-phrase "apology tour," and he's bright enough to remember that and repeat it, but no one told him that he might have to back it up. "don't worry, Congressman, no one will ask you to explain what you mean, Oh, crap! He's going on the O'Brien show?"
Winner and still Champion!