Former Republican presidential candidate MittRomney on Wednesday accused President Barack Obama of failing tosufficiently highlight America's strengths in his travels andspeeches around the world.
In an interview as Obama was flying to Saudi Arabia at the startof a Mideast trip, Romney said there's nothing wrong with "showingour respect for the people in the world of Islam." But he alsosaid he believes Obama was too apologetic about this country'smistakes during a speech in France earlier this year.
Interviewed from Boston on NBC's "Today" show as Obama set outon a tour that will include a speech in Egypt on U.S. relationswith the Islamic world, Romney said that "of course, America makesmistakes." But he also said considers it inappropriate to "goaround the world apologizing."
Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidentialnomination last year, said Obama should talk more about thesacrifices the United States has made on other nations' behalf,such as during World War II, "what we have done in blood andsacrifice."
"I think it's appropriate for him to describe the greatness ofAmerica," Romney said of Obama.
On another matter, he said moving General Motors Corp. into abankruptcy and restructuring was "the right course," but said itshould have been done sooner.
He called the federal investment in GM "really money down thedrain. .... The government should get out right now."
"Look, I don't want the Sierra Club telling General Motors whatkind of cars they should build," Romney said.
Asked if he was already, in effect, running for the GOPpresidential nod in 2012, Romney replied, "No, I'm looking rightnow at trying to get some Republicans getting elected in 2009 and2010."
"And what happens later, ... that's a very distant horizon."