Obama went around the world telling how bad this nation has been and promising that that we'll be better in the future.
If a Republican spoke like that -- and if you didn't actually believe that America was hateful -- you would call "we've been so bad but we're going to change" an apology.
These disingenuous semantic games are doing a number on us. Partisan cognitive dissonance is profound.
Where's the apology?
"Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
So let me say this as clearly as I can: America is changing, but it cannot be America alone that changes."
Remarks by President Obama at Strasbourg Town Hall | The White House
Translation: We've been bad. But if you'll give us another chance and work with us, we'll be better.
If a Republican had said something like that about an institution Democrats hold in high regard, that would be labelled an apology. But since it was a Democrat saying it about America, it wasn't an apology.