Bachmann says Obama should apologize to Netanyahu

Michele Bachmann said President Obama should apologize to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following a remark Obama reportedly made during a G20 event last week.

“Today we learned in word what we have already seen from President Obama through his actions, his lack of commitment to the nation of Israel,” Bachmann said, according to ABC News. “When the president complains about his relationship derisively with the prime minister as, ‘Having to deal with him every day,’ it is apparent that he is not committed to our ally Israel.”

During a break in G20 meetings in France last week, microphones caught a private conversation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Obama in which Sarkosy is reported to have said, “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.” Obama reportedly replied, “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”

“I call on the president to immediately apologize to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and he should demonstrate leadership and demand that the French president do the same,” Bachmann said today.

A White House spokesman declined to comment on the matter during a Tuesday press briefing.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jim Roth on 11/09/2011 - 12:44 pm.

    Does it ever occur to Bachmann that Prime Minister Netanyahu may owe a few apologies himself? Does she ever even consider before opening her mouth that there might be more than one side to any issue? Why are the media so fixated on her soundbites about anything let alone everything?

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 11/09/2011 - 04:44 pm.

    Could have sworn that Republicans like Michele Bachmann were hugely critical of President Obama early in his presidency, accusing him of going on an “apology” tour, when he traveled abroad to repair US relations with former friends and allies that were bruised or broken during the Bush/Cheney mistake.

    Yet, here is a Republican who thinks the president should double-down on apologies because the president noted – in remarks not offered for public reporting – how difficult the Israeli prime minister is to deal with. Which is compellingly true in the real world.

    No, Rep. Bachmann, the president owes no apology. You might restrain your criticism of the president though. It is silly to be 100% opposed to Mr. Obama, regardless of the issue involved.

  3. Submitted by Donn Haugen on 11/09/2011 - 06:38 pm.

    It is about time for michelle to apologize to all of us for her lies and stupidity.

  4. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 11/10/2011 - 05:52 am.

    Isn’t that what Republicans criticize the president for? Gratuitously apologizing to everyone?

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