An Explanation of American Exceptionalism for Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama

Putin mocks Drudge headline

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September 13th UPDATE — also recommended reading is this from Guy Benson at “This Has Been one of the Most Humiliating Episodes in Presidential History.”

It’s something I’ve never seen and didn’t expect to see…unless someone like Barack Obama got elected president of the United States: the leader of Russia effectively mocking our country in a letter to the New York Times. The title above and the excerpt below is from Rush Limbaugh today. Also worth reading are posts from Erick Erickson and Victor Davis Hanson. Here’s Rush:

[Putin: “]I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is ‘what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.'” And, folks, it doesn’t. Not in and of itself. Out of context, our policies are not what make us exceptional. It is, in the past anyway, it is the foundation and the basis for those policies where you’ll find the exceptionalism. And I’ll explain this in a minute.

Putin writes, “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor,” those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy,” written as only a good communist can. “Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

My God, we have the communist leader of Russia more proudly quoting the Declaration of Independence than our own president does! We got Vladimir Putin asserting a “moral superiority” to the president of the United States. Vladimir Putin! Do you people in the White House not know what’s happened here? Vladimir Putin has positioned himself as a mature adult who stopped your immature child from messing around in somebody else’s sandbox that he had no right being in and didn’t know what he was doing.

Vladimir Putin is the guy who’s gonna stop the killing, it is not Barack Obama. Vladimir Putin is the guy who’s gonna get rid of these evil chemical weapons — except, he’s not. He’s gonna make sure they’re in a safe place for his buddy Assad, and they’ll be in the hands of other anti-American forces somewhere in the Middle East. And Obama happily washes his hands of it. We’ve got the leader of the Russian Federation, a former KGB agent!

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