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Friday, October 9, 2009

Charles Krauthammer Blasts Obama for Rejecting "American Exceptionalism" - Video 10/9/09


Here is a video clip from a speech delivered by outstanding Conservative Charles Krauthammer in which he blasts President Obama for making the choice to reject "American Exceptionalism" in speeches he has made around the world and at the United Nations.

Krauthammer said Obama actually said he believes in American Exceptionalism the same way he is sure the British believe in British Exceptionalism, and the Greeks believe in Greek Exceptionalism. In other words, he does not believe there is anything special or exceptional about the American way of life, our Constitution, or our history. Krauthammer essentially says Obama had chosen a kind a path of mediocrity for the United States that makes us just one of many nations rather than a nation set apart to lead the world.

NOTE: I think Obama's rejection of "American Exceptionalism" is exactly what makes him so appealing to people like the Nobel Prize Committee.

4 comments:

Republican Redefined October 20, 2009 at 8:48 AM  

http://republicanredefined.com/2009/10/12/resurrecting-american-civil-religion/

Thought this may be relevant to Krauthammer's message here.

Anonymous,  July 19, 2010 at 6:47 AM  

He does think it is special, you moron. Does a Brit not think their way of life and the largest empire in history special; Greeks the same for not working and Aristotle?

Get over yourselves, yanks.

Sophie November 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM  

This is the actual quote by Obama:

" I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don't think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.

And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.

Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we've got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we're not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.

And so I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can't solve these problems alone."

Anonymous,  November 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

the full obama quote shows the silliness of this piece -

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. I'm enormously proud of my country and its role and history in the world. If you think about the site of this summit and what it means, I don't think America should be embarrassed to see evidence of the sacrifices of our troops, the enormous amount of resources that were put into Europe postwar, and our leadership in crafting an Alliance that ultimately led to the unification of Europe. We should take great pride in that.

And if you think of our current situation, the United States remains the largest economy in the world. We have unmatched military capability. And I think that we have a core set of values that are enshrined in our Constitution, in our body of law, in our democratic practices, in our belief in free speech and equality, that, though imperfect, are exceptional.

Now, the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we've got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we're not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.

And so I see no contradiction between believing that America has a continued extraordinary role in leading the world towards peace and prosperity and recognizing that that leadership is incumbent, depends on, our ability to create partnerships because we create partnerships because we can't solve these problems alone.

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