Update II: Big Media “fact checkers” deride “the apology tour” label because they say Obama never used the word “apology”. We remind them Neville Chamberlain never called his policy “appeasement” but that is what it was and the consequence was a World at war.
Here is the best exchange of the debate when Romney calls out Obama:
“I think they looked and thought, well, that’s an unusual honor to receive from the president of the United States,” Romney said. “And then the president began what I’ve called an apology tour of going to nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.” [snip]
“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq,” he said. “And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations. And, by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations and on Arabic TV you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.”
Update: Lot of Wrap up: The third debate reactions coming in. Chris Wallace gets it:
As we wrote, this “debate” was never going to be a discussion about foreign policy. This debate was about “getting votes”. Mitt Romney understood Obama wanted to smear him, as Obama smeared Hillary Clinton, by denouncing Romney as a warmonger.
By calling Romney a “warmonger” Obama hoped to get the women that have fled from his incompetence and damaged economy back to voting for him. Romney frustrated Obama and proved himself reasonable and rational.
During the “I killed Bin Laden” section, Obama threw Joe Biden under the bus by reminding everyone that Biden was opposed to the kill Osama operation by Navy Seals.
Romney did not just play “defense”. Romney struck blows against Obama policies around the globe.
If Obama is to be believed, we live in the most wonderful of all possible worlds and all those problems we see around the world are not happening.
Romney in his best moments mentioned the turmoil in the Middle East as evidence of Obama’s failures. Romney’s brass knuckles pummeled Obama on the obvious reality that despots watched Obama snub Israel, bad mouth Neyanyahu, stay silent on Iran’s Green Revolution, sashay on apology tour after apology tour and insult American history as polices as a country that “dictates”. [We’ll provided videos as soon as they are available. Tweets of the debate can be read at the Professor’s place. Reaction of others are available at the HotAir open thread: The third debate and other websites tracking this debate.]
Romney even reminded the nation of “no preconditions” Obama of 2008. Romney assaulted with these facts in Boca Raton with its large population of Jewish Americans that are well informed on Obama perfidy in the Middle East and ugliness against Israel.
Romney also returned time and time again to the need to have a strong economy if we are to have a strong military and a nation respected and effective around the world. Throughout Romney appeared “presidential” – confident and happy to engage the nation on his views.
Obama repeatedly attacked Romney on the auto industry. Romney shattered all these lies by noting he was born in Detroit and his father ran an auto company. Romney smashed Obama’s investment in auto companies in other countries as well as bankrupts such as Solyndra.
Obama repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney replied that attacks on him as a presidential candidate are not the answer and that Obama should provided solutions not attacks.
Obama ended with more promises similar to promises unfulfilled. Romney ended by saying that he can do the job because he has the experience and record of accomplishment on these very issues.