Barack Obama is no longer president but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped apologizing for what he sees as the ills of the United States. In a speech in South Africa Obama slammed the “years of institutionalized oppression” in the United States that have led to the worst aspects of our society.
In the video above Obama said, “It is a plain fact that racial discrimination still exists in both the United States and South Africa. (Applause) And it is also a fact that the accumulated disadvantages of years of institutionalized oppression have created yawning disparities in income, and in wealth, and in education, and in health, in personal safety and access to credit.”
It was reminiscent to his so-called apology tour in 2009 after he first took office. He was widely criticized for using a world tour to speak about what he viewed as injustices stemming from the United States.
Back then Karl Rove wrote about this tour in the Wall Street Journal saying:
“President Barack Obama has finished the second leg of his international confession tour. In less than 100 days, he has apologized on three continents for what he views as the sins of America and his predecessors.
“Mr. Obama told the French (the French!) that America ‘has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive’ toward Europe. In Prague, he said America has ‘a moral responsibility to act’ on arms control because only the U.S. had ‘used a nuclear weapon.’ In London, he said that decisions about the world financial system were no longer made by ‘just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy’ — as if that were a bad thing. And in Latin America, he said the U.S. had not ‘pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors’ because we ‘failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.’
“A superstar, not a statesman, today leads our country. That may win short-term applause from foreign audiences, but do little for what should be the chief foreign policy preoccupation of any U.S. president: advancing America’s long-term interests.”