Pesident Obama confirmed American unexceptionalism. as well as his own, in his statement on Syria last week—by claiming the opposite. And it’s nothing new—witness this quote from the campaign trail:
“It’s worth noting that I first arrived on the national stage with a speech at the Democratic Convention that was entirely about American exceptionalism and that my entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism,” Obama said at an afternoon Rose Garden press conference.
This, from the brightest and potentially most exceptional president we’ve had in a very long time. The third rail of American politics is no longer Social Security; it is the mere mention of anything that even hints at American culpability or fallibility. Is any wonder the rest of the world (of course, see even Vladimir Putin’s recent NY Times op-ed) sees us as arrogant idiots?