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American Exceptionalism from an Exceptional President

On his victory lap through europe trip to the G20 Obama seemed to impress, well, everyone. While he didn’t seem to get much for Afghanistan (c’mon guys – 3K troops?) the G20 came up with more than nothing. At least the great powers are taking steps to cooperate more than they did in the runup to the Great Depression.

The bit that impressed me most, though, was Obama’s response to questions at a public town hall.

Er, stop. Yes, that’s right. An American president went abroad, had a press conference, and took questions. Yep, it happened.

Anyway, one question was posed on American Exceptionalism. Dangerous ground, since it’s easy enough to sound messianic or just plain jingoistic about it.

And yet, on the fly, Obama provided this answer:

Obama on American Exceptionalism

If I was a trained speechwriter I couldn’t have put it better. We do have a lot to be proud of in this country, dammit, and the last eight years are not enough to have destroyed the extraordinary accomplishments and potential of the US.

This Obama guy might have a future in public speaking. I’m gonna have to keep an eye on him.

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