President Obama still doesn’t grasp the idea of American exceptionalism. Many of us remember his comment in a press conference in Strasbourg in 2009 when reporter Ed Luce from the Financial Times asked the President about it. Obama’s response:
“I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism…”
While not necessarily in response to Obama’s remarks, the inestimable Bill Whittle hit the ball right out of the park with his video on the subject.
Clearly, the President doesn’t follow Mr. Whittle, because more than two years later, he is still unclear on the concept. Last week, while the President was in New Hampshire, he again expressed his amazement that other nations would still be looking to America as their shining example:
“I was just traveling in Asia over the last week, and let me tell you, this is the fastest-growing region in the world. But what was amazing was how everybody still looked to America. They did a poll in Asia. They said, what do you think about America compared to China? Eight out of nine countries in Asia, they said, America is the country that we look to.”
And why do you suppose that is? Is it because of Dear Leader Obama?
Of course not. It’s because the concept of America is still the quintessence of liberty, that shining city on the hill, that beacon of freedom whose radience still illuminates and beckons those who wish to be bathed in its light.
People like Obama will always be amazed by how popular America is, regardless of how often they apologize for her faults. They will never understand — deep down in the gut — just what it is that makes this nation so great.
And when you’re the President of this great land and you don’t understand such a fundamental concept, that’s just sad.
UPDATE: The amazing Star Parker had similar thoughts today.