Wednesday, February 25, 2015

10 Times President Obama Declared His Love For His Country And American Exceptionalism

Question: "Do You Think Barack Obama Loves America" broken down by party
For the past week we have seen Rudy Giuliani take to the airwaves a multitude of times to attack President Obama because he did "not believe that the president loves America". In addition to the former Mayor we have seen a whole host of like minded Republicans and conservatives hop on the hate train and publicly denounce POTUS' lack of love for America as well.

In these attacks what always seems to stick out is their criticism that President Obama doesn't ever say the words "I love America", or that he never speaks about "American exceptionalism". They claim that he just doesn't speak about the country the way a "Harry Truman and John Kennedy" used to or that his rhetoric lacks the "wonderful words" about what a great country we are like we used to hear from "Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, or Bill Clinton".

They repeat this meme until they are blue in the face... but it does not make it true.

Here are just a few examples from some of President Obama's speeches about his love of America and his belief in American exceptionalism...

President Barack Obama –  July 27, 2004

I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.  Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy; our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ That is the true genius of America.”

President Barack Obama –  March 18, 2008
These people are a part of me. And they are part of America, this country that I love.”

President Barack Obama – August 28, 2008

The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.”

President Barack Obama – June 4, 2009

The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known.”

President Barack Obama – Jan. 24, 2012

Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those 50 stars and those 13 stripes.  No one built this country on their own.  This nation is great because we built it together.  This nation is great because we worked as a team.  This nation is great because we get each other’s backs.  And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard.”

President Barack Obama – Sept. 6, 2012

We keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth.”

President Barack Obama – Nov. 7, 2012

I just spoke to Governor Romney and I congratulated him and Congressman Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. We may have battled fiercely, but it is only because we love this country deeply and we care so much about its future….What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth, the belief that our destiny is shared, that this country only works when we except certain obligations to one another and the future generations so that the freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights, and among those are love, and charity, and duty, and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.”

President Barack Obama – Dec. 4, 2013

If we refocus our energies on building an economy that grows for everybody, and gives every child in this country a fair chance at success, then I remain confident that the future still looks brighter than the past, and that the best days for this country we love are still ahead.”

President Barack Obama – May 28, 2014

I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.  But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it is our willingness to affirm them through our actions.”

And contrary to Giuliani’s assertion that Obama said Greece is an exceptional country, what Obama actually said, in response to a question in 2009, was that this is what he suspected Greeks believe:

President Barack Obama - April 4, 2009

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 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.”

Okay? Can we stop this ridiculous embarrassing charade now?

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