COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann called on President Barack Obama Tuesday to apologize to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an unflattering exchange caught on an open microphone at a summit in France last week.

In the conversation reporters heard, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he can’t stand Netanyahu and calls him a liar. Obama responds, through a French interpreter: “You are sick of him, but I have to work with him every day.”

Bachmann told reporters Obama needs to apologize to America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

“I call on President Obama to immediately apologize to Prime Minister Netanyahu and I also believe that the president should demonstrate leadership and demand that the French President Sarkozy do the same,” Bachmann said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney had no comment on the conversation.

Bachmann said that Obama is putting too much space between the U.S. and Israel. “And now president Obama has put Israel further at risk by allowing Iran the time Iran needed to get closer to obtaining nuclear weapons,” Bachman said. She cited a report Tuesday from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency that says Iran is secretly acquiring know-how and gear needed to create nuclear weapons and preparing for tests.

She’s sharply critical of Obama and U.S. plans to exit Iraq noting in particular the influence Iran will gain. “We’ll have fewer troops in Iraq than we have in Honduras — and that is despite spending 4,400 American lives and $805 billion,” Bachmann said.

“The president’s made some tragic errors in his foreign policy,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann plans to make a foreign policy speech on Thursday in Charleston ahead of debate in Spartanburg on Saturday that will emphasize that topic.

The Minnesota congresswoman is trying to re-ignite her campaign in early-voting South Carolina and regain the tea party supporters she lost to Herman Cain and a Mitt Romney. Earlier Tuesday she again took issue with a tax break for the nation’s low-income workers she now wants eliminated, saying former President Ronald Reagan made a mistake when he pushed for Congress to pass the law.

She’s competing against a raft of tax proposals: Romney’s proposal not to tax dividends, interest or capital gains for people with adjusted gross income below $200,000; Cain’s catchy 9-9-9 plan and Rick Perry’s 20 percent tax on post card idea.

Bachmann told reporters that every person needs to pay and sacrifice to get the country on back on its feet. “People who make more should be paying more and I believe that people who are at the upper end of the income stream need to be paying more,” Bachmann said, adding that the highest income people already do that.

Comments (20)
  1. Mike says:

    Michele, why don’t you apologize to Minnesotans for all the lies, distortions and inaccurate statements you have made over the last year while you have avoided your duties and obligations to the people you supposedly represent?

  2. The Fan says:

    She is not that smart

  3. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    Obama should apologize to no one. Maybe Michele thinks the President of the United States should kiss Isreals ass. Maybe as President she would. As far as I’m concerned, Isreal can kiss Obamas ass……..

  4. Deep Thinker says:

    I don’t think Obama said anything bad about Netanyahu. Bachman is grasping at straws. Put a fork in it Bachman, you lose Now you can go back to not representing the people that elected you…oh wait, that doesn’t make sense………….yet she has her supporters…….Oh well we once elected a wrestler for governor, what can you say.

    1. O'Bachman says:

      Actually a lot of people that elected Ventura are now Tea Baggers. They just can’t seem to find an idea that they want to stick to…..

  5. Tired of it says:

    If Obama walked on water, she’d accuse him of not being able to swim. When is she going to stop talking?

    1. tan pup says:

      Nothing can shut her up . . . She is just like Fog Horn Leg Horn – I-say, I say. . .

  6. j speedbag 64 says:

    as if anybody’s listening or paying attention to bachmann,but sarkozy is right isreal does suck bigtime..10 billion of taxpayer money a year for this waste called isreal

    1. No Bull says:

      I’d rather spend 10 billion (please cite your source) on the only democratic country in the ME than trillions on propping up and trying to win hearts and minds in Af-Pak-Iraq, and their societies based on an apartheid, misogynistic ideology. Let the Saudis spend and die for ’em. Or better yet, the Chinese.

  7. Bichelle Machmann says:


    S H U T Y O U R P I E H O L E

    The state you represent (remember us? MN) is sick off you.
    Go away please! WE BEG YOU!
    What an embarrassment!

  8. Bb says:

    I call on Bachmann to apologize to Minnesotans for embarrassing them every time she opens her mouth.

  9. ugh says:

    I was a supporter for the first day, seeing how a lady was running.. but I just cannot STAND this woman when she talks omg……. can she not open her mouth without getting in trouble??

  10. shutupmichelle says:

    Michelle needs to apologize to sanity for leaving it decades ago! Isn’t it time for her to have some more children yet?

  11. angus says:

    To Ugh:

    If you vote for a woman because she is a woman you are way off base. Insure the woman candidate has brains, common sense, and ability.

    In this care you are apparently realizing your error because Bachmann does not qualify on anyof the above.

  12. Michelle Bachmann spent some time in the past living in Israel. Maybe she should consider moving back. And this time, she should STAY there.

  13. Murph says:

    Makes you glad you are not a Republican. Let’s see,as my presidential candidate I have a choice between Larry,Moe,Curly, Ron Paul,or the Lizard Lady! ???? Obama need not opologize for having the same opinion as most non fascist Americans!

  14. smb says:

    She is grasping at any straw, and pandering to any group, she can in order to raise her poll numbers.

    She has yet to learn that her numbers actually go down every time she opens her mouth. Maybe she should try shutting up for a while.

  15. Crazy and stupid too says:

    Other than it’s the same old bullchit of nothing she spits out she did show us yet again something new. She actually was able to pronounce a name right. Obama.

    Bachmann is one of those people who would go deer hunting, tragically have her gun go off as she was falling and the bullet could kill someone but by Gawd that bullet was made by an illegal at Federal, the gun had a happy trigger that a lousy union worker put in and Obama made the gun go off from DC when he pushed a red button on his desk.
    Every time I read a qoute or comment from this flake I wonder what the he!! my neighbors were thinking when they voted for her. 😦

    1. Murph says:

      How crazy and stupid are the Repubnics? In Virginia they used a photo of a RUSSIAN soldier IN RUSSIAN uniform to try to slander a Democratic politician about veterans! How anyone praising vets could make such a mistake can only be blind,crazy or stupid! It’s time to fight back again’st the most ignorant batch of lunatics on the planet! Dissolve Congress Now!

  16. Murph says:

    The story we’d like to read about! “Obama calls on Bachmann to tell the whole truth and only the truth for the first goldamned time in her miserable life”.

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