Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

Shelby Steele

The above is the title of a new article in the Wall Street Journal by Shelby Steele. The sub-title is, “Post-’60s liberals, with the president as their standard bearer, seek to make a virtue of decline.”

Here is the opening – follow the link to read the entire article.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times: President Obama is destroying the country. Some say this destructiveness is intended; most say it is inadvertent, an outgrowth of inexperience, ideological wrong-headedness and an oddly undefined character. Indeed, on the matter of Mr. Obama’s character, today’s left now sounds like the right of three years ago. They have begun to see through the man and are surprised at how little is there.

Yet there is something more than inexperience or lack of character that defines this presidency: Mr. Obama came of age in a bubble of post-’60s liberalism that conditioned him to be an adversary of American exceptionalism.

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