Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Obama on American Exceptionalism

Recently, President Obama was asked by a foreigner about America's exceptionalism.  President Obama's response has been cut short and often criticized.  It's worth reading President Obama's whole response to the question.  It's eloquent, humble, strong, and very well thought out.   This whole debate acts as a great exercise in seeing how opponents remove words from their context and then use those words to justify their own ends.  It's quite disingenuous really, and suggests the need for all readers to be on their guard to what is left out of news reports and arguments for and against. The spaces between the notes often say more than the notes themselves.

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. 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.

4 comments:

ninest123 said...

ninest123 16.02
longchamp, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, prada handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike air max, prada outlet, christian louboutin outlet, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton outlet, tiffany and co, ugg boots, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, nike outlet, oakley sunglasses, jordan shoes, polo ralph lauren outlet, louboutin outlet, louis vuitton, louboutin shoes, gucci outlet, chanel handbags, louboutin, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, replica watches, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors, louis vuitton, burberry, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, nike air max, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, replica watches, tory burch outlet, nike free, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, uggs on sale, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton

ninest123 said...

nike free run uk, air force, new balance pas cher, longchamp, michael kors, michael kors, air max, nike free, hollister, sac longchamp, abercrombie and fitch, ralph lauren pas cher, nike roshe run, longchamp pas cher, vans pas cher, timberland, lacoste pas cher, converse pas cher, burberry, nike trainers, oakley pas cher, sac guess, louboutin pas cher, north face, hermes, michael kors, true religion jeans, nike air max, nike roshe, mulberry, air jordan pas cher, tn pas cher, lululemon, hogan, true religion jeans, true religion jeans, ray ban pas cher, nike blazer, michael kors, coach purses, coach outlet, nike air max, vanessa bruno, hollister pas cher, nike huarache, north face, ralph lauren uk, ray ban uk, nike air max, true religion outlet, replica handbags

ninest123 said...

reebok shoes, p90x workout, iphone cases, giuseppe zanotti, vans, valentino shoes, chi flat iron, celine handbags, nfl jerseys, gucci, soccer shoes, hollister, mac cosmetics, timberland boots, north face outlet, ferragamo shoes, converse, instyler, iphone 6s plus cases, iphone 5s cases, mont blanc, soccer jerseys, oakley, iphone 6s cases, ipad cases, lululemon, nike roshe, mcm handbags, new balance, vans shoes, louboutin, nike air max, nike air max, ghd, babyliss, north face outlet, insanity workout, bottega veneta, ray ban, abercrombie and fitch, herve leger, s5 cases, asics running shoes, hollister, ralph lauren, iphone 6 plus cases, wedding dresses, jimmy choo shoes, birkin bag, baseball bats, beats by dre, iphone 6 cases

ninest123 said...

pandora charms, moncler, canada goose, louis vuitton, converse outlet, barbour jackets, supra shoes, pandora jewelry, swarovski, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, barbour, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, wedding dresses, lancel, canada goose, pandora jewelry, moncler, moncler outlet, montre pas cher, doke gabbana outlet, pandora charms, swarovski crystal, bottes ugg, canada goose outlet, coach outlet, thomas sabo, replica watches, doudoune canada goose, moncler, sac louis vuitton pas cher, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, ugg boots uk, canada goose, canada goose uk, toms shoes, ugg pas cher, moncler, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, links of london, moncler, canada goose, moncler, moncler, marc jacobs, hollister, karen millen, juicy couture outlet
ninest123 16.02