Barack Obama is Pitch Perfect on American Exceptionalism

Below is one of the reasons why I voted for Barack Obama. Name another politician who can think this clearly on his feet, and with equal measures of clarity and nuance. And notice how he keeps America’s best historical qualities in view (its role in post-WWII Europe, its Constitution, and its Enlightenment traditions of free speech and democracy) without lapsing into nationalist narcissism. Also notice how he affirms what is best in our allies as well, and the need to listen to one another. This is why people all over the world love this man (as I do):

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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