During the presidential campaign, Romney regularly accused the President of kowtowing to foreign leaders. The GOP candidate didn’t invent this falsehood. A headline on a 2009 Karl Rove column in the Wall Street Journal, which bemoaned Obama’s acknowledgement of U.S. missteps abroad, was among the first to coin the “APOLOGY TOUR” canard; scores of GOP politicians later latched onto it. But Romney seized the dishonest meme and ran with it, penning a policy tome whose title, “No Apology,” was a shot at the President, and lacing speeches with references to the phantom grovel-fest. The problem: as legions of independent fact-checkers documented, the apology tour never happened.
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