Putin’s NYT op-ed: ‘It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptiona​l’

Not only that, but he used the New York Times to do so, not that he probably had to twist any arms:

Boy are they ever!

Here’s a direct quote:

An expanded version:

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And 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.” 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. 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.

There’s a certain amount of global “you didn’t build that” bravado in that paragraph by Putin.

Dana Perino would like to meet the person who penned Putin’s op-ed:

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to read Putin’s entire article, here is the “quick read” version:

Let the good times troll:

Here’s our closing thought:

  • Jake Wilde

    All their plan right?

    • Elaine

      I think every single move Obama makes is calculated and planned. Remember the “whisper” conversation? It’s all about the control of global power and money. Our Constitutional Republic is being attacked from all sides.

      • Jake Wilde


  • Morneau_for_4

    Who encourages us to be exceptional? Certainly not the Obama administration. Putin and Obama both adhere to the collective principle in which everyone is equally miserable and unexceptional.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Except them.

      • beebop1952

        And therein is our problem.
        A fat, unloved kid flies into Hawaii to be cosseted and encouraged first by delusional grand parents (lets not even GO to how g’ma was rewarded) and then by “educators” to the point where he actually believes the world is FASCINATED by his thinking outloud. We have as much proof that 0bama is the “smartest” evah as we have proof that Assad ordered the gas …. which is to say: NONE.

        • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

          I’m with you, Beebop; there’s **nothing** ❝smartest evah❞ about Obummer, despite what the fawning press tries to spin.

          This ‘toon shows how well he’s pushing back on Putin 😉

    • objectivefactsmatter

      0’Bama refers to it to deceive. Putin refers to it to denigrate us. Then again, Putin is doing his job and people like 0’Bama harm us when they make us look at Putin as the reasonable one of the bunch. Both are attacking American exceptionalism.

  • Steve_J

    It is not dangerous for people to see themselves as exceptional. It is dangerous for people to see themselves as superior. Right, Obama?

    • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

      Fully agree with you, Steve. This pic of Obummer shows he does have some “issues”:

  • Joe W.

    Hate to say it, folks, but Vlad has just cemented himself in firm position as the leader of the world…a position once held by the President of the United States of America, but abdicated by the Muslim from Kenya…Barack Hussein Obama. Thanks a helluva lot, liberal asswipes. Wish I would live long enough to see how y’all explain this to your kids ten years down the road.

    • DixieAngel_76

      In the minds of the sheeple, perhaps. Not in the minds of those who can still think for themselves.

      • Joe W.

        Thinking for myself will not alter the fact that the world no longer embraces the notion of American Exceptionalism. We may and SHOULD continue to be who we are, however, Obama has given the leadership roll in the world to Vladamir Putin. And you, me, nor 2 million bikers can do anything about that.

        • DixieAngel_76

          I’m sorry, I would have to respectfully disagree. I choose to see the glass as half full rather than half empty. No matter what pessimists may think, I’m not ready to jump ship just yet.

          • Joe W.

            Please read my post above. You will likely change your mind. Downvoting my posts won’t save you either, friend.


          • DixieAngel_76

            Not likely, Joe. You can believe what you want, that’s why this is still America, and God bless you.

          • Joe W.

            Like a liberal, you refuse to even study your own faith in order to learn more about it. I feel sorry for you, Son, and I will pray for you.

          • DixieAngel_76

            First of all, I’m not a liberal, I’m a staunch conservative, always have been. Second, I’ve been studying my Bible for well over 50 years, so I think I know pretty well what’s in it, and if I didn’t believe it, I wouldn’t be calling myself a Christian. Lastly, don’t call me ‘Son’ ever again. I happen to be a WOMAN. I’m a mother, grandmother, sister and daughter. You can ‘pray’ for me all you want, but if you’re laboring under the delusion that I’m going to change my world views and descend into hopeless pessimism like you have, please don’t hold your breath. Incidently, you’re the one who’s acting more like a liberal than I am. It is liberals who are always quick to condemn America, and they are always certain that our demise is right around the corner. Have you forgotten, or did you never learn how dire the situation was at the time of the American revolution? King George was ‘calling the shots’ then as well, but that didn’t last. As for me, I’ve heard all kinds of theories about what happens to America in the end times. I haven’t yet made up my mind which one, if any of them I believe, but know this; the Bible is VERY clear that no man knows when the end will be. Only God himself knows that. It may be tomorrow, it may be in the next century. Even if you WERE right, and the jig is up for America, what good does going around depressed and trying to pull everyone else down with you do? You can live that way if you want, but as far as I’m concerned I think it stinks.

          • Joe W.

            Suit yourself, Lady. You really should look into that anger issue you have, though. Toodle-ooo….

          • MizDi

            Well said, DixieAngel. I couldn’t agree more. It’s very easy to get caught up in the pessimists’ version of we’re all sunk now. Then I remember Matthew 6 to get my head in the right place. No matter what happens, though, God is still in control until the end. I just don’t want to be there at the end asking “why is it so hot in here and why am I in this basket?” All we can do is stand, speak up, tell others and pray – 2 Chronicles 7:14.

    • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

      You have it right, Joe, as usual. This candid pic of Vlad reinforces your theory:

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      • objectivefactsmatter

        Good one.

        • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

          Thanks very much :-)

    • Vennoye

      Whatever the world may think or not think; Americans are who we are. We are not and will not be defined by lack of political leadership. Perhaps it is time for the “world” to find out how they “love” the new leader….after all; they hated GW Bush, fawned and chanted over The Won….now he is more hated than the 43rd president.
      The lemmings who elected the 44th are paying the heaviest price for his policies. Sometimes learning curves are hard!! We just may need dentures from grinding our teeth.

  • Maxx

    There’s a bit of truth to that sentiment. The reality is, most people AREN’T exceptional. They’re average, in both intelligence and accomplishment. Nothing wrong with that but let’s be honest. Finishing last isn’t exceptional and in most cases, neither is completing a task when one is expected to complete it.

    Putin’s remarks are a nice counter to those from screaming liberals who claim “you’re ALL winners!”

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Actually, that’s how I read it at first, too. At a personal level, it IS an accurate and damning condemnation of our modern trend to treat us all as exceptional and unique little snowflakes, all getting the same trophy (or Peace Prize) just for being who we are.

      However, he is applying this to the broader point of so-called “American exceptionalism,” a quite different topic which he may not be as familiar with, and which Dear Leader too has made the point of backing away from in the past. I think to really analyze this, we need to understand and define first exactly what is meant by what we call our “American exceptionalism.”

      • DixieAngel_76

        I agree. I wonder if Mr Putin might be rethinking his remarks today after what was pulled off by the 2 Million Bikers To DC movement, which from what I hear was put together in a little less than a month by a fairly small group of people, included people of every race, age and gender, and from all walks of life, and brought together people from all over the country? It went off without a hitch (in spite of a few minor vehicular accidents) and had the attention of the entire world. The movement managed to avoid being hijacked by any political group (though I’m sure there were attempts to do so) and everyone seemed to get along great. Try that one in Russia, Put-put.

      • Joe W.

        Putin knows full well the concept of “American Exceptionalism”, and that is why he made his statement. The fact that Barack Obama will let it all go unchallenged is proof that our “leader: as abandoned that notion. The American people will continue to embrace that notion, however, the world no longer sees us that way. THAT, my friends, is the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama.

        • Paul

          it was totally a thumb in the eye of barry soetero for the comment he made on Apology Tour 2009

  • Den-Cat

    Our world standing right now is just like a boxing match, when it’s apparent the towel should be thrown in to save the boxer, in this case Obama, and it’s not being done. This isn’t a Rocky film & Obama is no Rocky. On the world stage ‘We The Exceptional’ need new leadership, before there is near to irreversible Obama trauma, and Putin needs a nice bitch slap reality check.

    • DixieAngel_76

      Well said, Dennis. Especially that last part.

      • Joe W.

        With half the country on the government dole, and the media in the tank, there will be no new leadership. The America we knew and loved is gone, my friend. That is why we in Texas are moving towards secession. As for dealing with Putin?? Who is gonnas do that?? Hillary?? Not hardly.

        • DixieAngel_76

          I’m not sure what your beliefs are, but I choose to believe that God is still in control, ultimately what unfolds in the world will be up to him. Yes things are dim for America right now, but there are (excuse me for using an old cliche) little points of light here and there. Look at the 2 million biker protest in DC, and the recall of the two liberal gun grabbers in Colorado (which I am planning to move to soon). We’re not ready to roll over just yet. A lot of us patriots are doing what we can, and a lot of godly people are in prayer for this nation. We’ll see what happens when the time comes.

          • Joe W.

            If you believe, as I do, that God really IS in control, you may wish to read this book, or at least view and digest the author’s web site about the book. It is my basis for believing that the end of America is occurring as we speak. Being a “patriot” will do you no good in the face of God’s plan, my friend. Again, please check out the book if you really do have a belief in God, Scripture, Prophecy and the Bible.


          • DixieAngel_76

            Go back and read what I said again. I am not saying that being a patriot can save this nation. I SAID that a lot of godly people who love this country are praying for God to save us. THAT is what I put my trust in. The reason I am inspired by the recent showings of patriotism is because to me it shows that there are many people who haven’t simply given up, as you appear to have. No need to question my beliefs in ‘God, scripture, and the Bible’.

          • Joe W.

            First of all, son, no one is questioning your faith. I am simply challenging you to explore it more. You say you want God to “save” us. He will NOT, my friend. The reasons He won’t are due to the very breakdown of our moral fabric, our ongoing societal rejection of Him and our coming failure to come to the defense of Israel, His chosen people. This is all explained in the book and web site that I referred you to. You, of course, chose not to explore any of it, which is your right. But failing to heed the warnings as they come, and sticking your head in the ground like a frightened ostrich won’t help you either. I wish you well, my friend. I’ll pray that you gain the courage to further your knowledge of Biblical Prophecy as it relates to the current events of the day.

          • DixieAngel_76

            I’m not your ‘friend’, and STOP CALLING ME SON! For the last time, I AM A WOMAN.

          • Joe W.

            Titch titch…all little touchy are we??

        • Paul

          she is trying in vain to squueze into monica’s blue dress

    • MizDi

      Maybe he’s bored with Obama and wants a truly “worthy opponent”, hence the bait?

  • http://punditfromanotherplanet.com PunditFaP

    Maybe Putin could get Elizabeth O’Bagy’s old job at WSJ?

  • FreedomFighter

    This is so embarrassing as a nation.

    • beebop1952

      Don’t take it personally. See it as the first step in 0bama’s “international” group intervention. Had to come from the outside since his supporters are so “all in” on their delusions that they would rather prop up the empty suit than see him for who he is.

  • ee1774

    ……….spoken like a true commie…..

  • Scorpion

    He left out the words “for Socialists”.

  • MarcusFenix

    I just read that, and I honestly can’t disagree with anything he says.

    In context, he’s saying that no one should be “exceptional”, with regards to how we view other people. I believe the point he was trying to make was that we as Americans are not better than everyone else. The very end of the article points out how we are all created as equals under God.

    It’s really bad when Putin is making more sense than the clown we have in office.

    Really bad.

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      And how he does not shy away from invoking Godly principles.

      • MarcusFenix

        You know…I noticed that. It wasn’t something I expected from Putin. Not entire sure if it’s a genuine statement of his faith on some level, or a calculated statement for American consumption. It is interesting, in either case.

        • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

          One thing is true, that Christianity in Russia is on the uptick. Whether Putin himself is simply on board for the ride or not is a debatable question, but right now, I think Russia is more of a Christian nation than the US. (Full disclosure — I’m Eastern Orthodox myself, though not of the Russian variety.) But it is certainly significant that Putin does not shy away from appearing to be a man of faith.

          • MarcusFenix

            I agree, to a large extent. I must admit, I have to defer to you on the bit about Russia being more Christian….but I certainly can also admit that there are definitely times where it seems everyone else is surpassing us in those respects.

            I’m not a huge fan of Putin…but I also can’t deny when someone says something correct. It just saddens me it has to come from an ex-KGB agent who is considered a tyrant, when our own president pees in his mom pants when it comes to making any difficult decision.

          • NRPax

            Your last sentence pretty much sums up the embarrassment I’m feeling with regards to my country right now.

      • Markward

        I honestly didn’t expect that. And for him to invoke a religious principle, I kinda wonder while it was clearly a slam against Obama, and he did it in such an elegant way. I have to wonder was he trying to endear himself to the American people as we have a Christian background as far as its creators goes.

        • DixieAngel_76

          I don’t think he really has any love at all for America, or us citizens. I think it’s just another poke in our eye, and probably a jab at our Contstitution as well.

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      Oh I so agree. It’s bad when I wish we had someone with more intestinal fortitude in leadership (like Putin) than what we have (Oblamer)

      It’s so embarrassing!

    • beebop1952

      And communists believe in God just how much?

      • MarcusFenix

        Political affiliation and religious affiliations are not mutually exclusive, whereby a communist cannot believe in God, any more than someone who believes in a democratic republic believes or doesn’t believe. The two are separate issues entirely.

        • DixieAngel_76

          That may be true to an extent, but throughout history communist regimes, and especially Russia’s have heavily opposed the Church and discouraged any religious belief.

          • MarcusFenix

            Russia is clearly not some huge bastion of freedom, we can agree. I just don’t presume to know what goes on in the their hearts and minds. That’s for someone else to judge. :)

    • DixieAngel_76

      Yes, I’ll give him credit for acknowleging God, but that’s about it.

    • Paul

      that is a bunch of marxist claptrap bs…..and it’s the EXACT same drivel barry soetero spewed on his first Apology Tour

  • peteee363

    too bad nobody explained American exceptionalism to putin, it is the idea, not our people that makes us who we are. the ideas that make us free, such as our founding documents are where our unmatched abilities came from, not any one person or our government.

    • KhadijahMuhammad

      Keep in mind that he’s not lecturing America as much as he’s lecturing Obama.

      • peteee363

        well, yes, americans don’t read the new your times, and Obama does not understand American exceptionalism.

        • KhadijahMuhammad

          I actually understand Putin’s point. There is a distinction that can be made between our *exceptional* history and rule of law (which is rather unique in the world and has been a cause of our success) and the error (religiously, morally) of starting to think that we (as humans) are better than everyone else.
          Make sense? American exceptionalism is based on our history, not our birth, I guess would be the easier way to say it.

    • MarcusFenix

      Maybe it was just my interpretation, but I felt like he was trying to push across the idea that just because we’re American, that we’re not “better” than everyone else, and that all people should be equal. Granted, I’m not 100% convinced he honestly believes that statement applies in Russia….but I just took it to mean something different than most others. Just my interpretation.

      • peteee363

        then you do not understand what American exceptionalism is, if this is what you think of what he said. perhaps you need to spend some time reading our founding documents, and possibly take that class by Hillsdale college next time around. our country was founded on ideas, not a king or dictator. when George Washington handed over power peacefully to john adams, that had never been done in the history of the world. we changed leaders with no bloodshed, and not to a related family member.

        • MarcusFenix

          I absolutely understand what it means. You clearly didn’t catch my specific meaning, however. It’s only slightly insulting that you believe I’m ignorant on our founding documents, our cultural and political heritage, and on what principles our country was founded upon. Save that kind of comment for the liberal idiots who come through here on a regular basis, who very likely don’t know those things at all.

          What I also understand is that, at times, that very proud sense of exceptionalism comes off as elitism to other countries, which is not seen as positive. Take a minute to really get a sense of how America is seen by other countries, even our allies and friends. Look at how our reputation around the world has diminished and lessened over time, and look at the reasons why. We’re seen as bullies. We’re seen as overbearing. We’re seen as putting our noses into affairs in which they don’t belong…like Syria. We’re seen as “cowboys” at times, and sometimes even worse.

          It is in relation to -that- idea that I am making my assessment of his statements. I believe that is part of the point he was making. It’s just one of the interpretations that can be taken away from his op-ed piece. I could also glean several other meanings from it, but that’s the one that I chose to run with this time. Putin would gain nothing from belittling the American people in the NYT, when he is appealing otherwise. It doesn’t help his case to insult the very people he’s trying to talk to.

          • peteee363

            you don’t get it. our problem is not making other countries understand it, it is to make other countries want to have their own exceptionalism as well. our current crop of “statesman” do not know how to explain it, and don’t even understand it. but at the same time, we cannot worry about how others perceive us, we should just go on being the leaders in everything, and not look back. Obama does not believe in this, and that is what makes him so dangerous. so, you do not get it, and may never get it.

          • Joe W.

            Petee, you are barking up the wrong tree. Marcus “gets it” perfectly well. YOU fail to “get” Marcus, so you mock and insult him. Try reading a bit slower, son, and don’t be so self righteous and unwilling to accept another conservatives understanding of Putin’s letter. By the way, American Exceptionalism is NOT for the world to try to attain. The concept is based upon divine providence as cited by our founding fathers. Perhaps YOU ought to do a bit of studying prior to lecturing the rest of us.

          • MarcusFenix

            I do get it…you just already have your mind set in a specific direction. You’re not interested in hearing anything other than “We’re the best, and we should just do w/e we want, when we want.”

            I believe it was Ghandi who said “You can’t shake a man’s hand with a closed fist.”

            The way we are perceived is vital in some instances. Leaders and countries that might otherwise side with us shy away from what is perceived as a cavalier attitude.

            My ability to grasp our current lack of statesmen and their totality of bungling pretty much everything they’ve done isn’t in question. I just happen to see this issue from more than one side.

  • Corey Dennison

    Dear Vlad: Thank you for exposing our President as the dangerous neophyte wuss that he is.

    That being said, I don’t think any of us need to be lectured to about the rule of law, or our historically-proven exceptionalism by an over-compensating little closet-case douche-bag tyrant like you.

    Kindly go fornicate yourself with Stihl Chainsaw.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil #FreePaulieWalnuts

    I heard Congressman Peter King (R-NY) on Sean Hannity today. Sean asked him why he was trusting Obama. King replied that when it came to trusting Obama or trusting Russia or Germany, he’d stick with the American.

    A few years ago I would have agreed right away. But after hearing him I thought, “Putin or Merkel have never recorded my phone calls and emails, or sent their taxing agencies to harass the groups I might be involved with or illegally sent guns to a foreign country in an attempt to outlaw mine.

    • DixieAngel_76

      Besides that 0b0z0’s no American.

      • Joe W.

        On this point, we can agree.

        • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

          Hey Joe, I’d bet many in the Lone Star state will appreciate the quote & pic seen here! 😉

          • Joe W.

            Love it!! Is that you, Andy??

          • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

            Thanks, Joe :-)
            Sorry, I’m not sure who Andy is. I’m just a gender-neutral flag, a newbie on Twitchy and Twitter.

            Seems like lots of fun and smart patriots here, so you’ll see more from me, I’m sure!
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          • Joe W.

            Welcome, my friend! You post like a friend of mine named Andy…..

          • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

            Thank you, Joe, I appreciate your kind words!

            Not sure who this Andy is; I’d like to meet him. I’ve been posting on Disqus for about a year now, and on NewsBusters prior to that.

            Twitchy seems like an awesome forum so far :-)

    • nc

      At this point, what difference does it make?

    • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

      Nicely put, Phil; you may enjoy this ‘toon contrasting the 2 styles:

  • Cole Slagh

    Maybe he sees an America that busies itself with important things like legalizing gay marriage , allowing illegals to stay despite our laws, legalizing marijuana and other slop like that as one that has become distracted by the trivial and meaningless. And he would be correct.

  • descolada9

    Remember when Obama told Medvedev that he would be able to get away with more crap after the 2012 elections? Yeah, wonder if this is part of it all. Could the two be collaborating? Or is Obama just being used as a prison b***h?

    • Kimihiro Watanuki

      I vote he’s being a big old prison B. He’s too clueless to do anything else.

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    Damn, Jon Favreau lost a lot of weight… lol

  • LegalizeShemp

    Yeah don’t view yourselves as exceptional, unless of course, you’re a self-appointed exceptional government stooge who likes to push people around. Yes Vlad, freedom is not exceptional to totalitarianism. No wonder Commies are viewed as universal douchebags throughout the universe.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Why is it that Putin’s op-ed reads almost like a typical Democrat campaign speech?

  • AZWarrior

    Not exceptional? When your people are hungry, who do you call? When your people suffer massive floods, who comes to your aid? When disease ravages your children, who sends medicine and doctors? When an earthquake destroys villages and cities across your land, who send rescue teams, rescue dogs, heavy machinery, and tents? When you are attacked by a militarily superior country without cause, who comes to bleed beside you in combat? Yes, Vladimir, you bet your ass we are exceptional – what’s it to you?

  • Jeremy

    I am not big fan of McCain but,running a op-ed by Putin is ok and a McCain op-ed is bad. They sure do love their commies at the New York Slimes.

    They might as well use this symbol for their paper


    • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

      Well said, Jeremy. We recently saw Obummer’s fans paste his face onto Old Glory.

      It wasn’t quite right, so this pic fixed it 😉

  • teamfrazzled

    The left always manages to mis-state what is meant by “American Exceptionalism” and I suspect this is deliberate since it is never taught in schools anymore either. American Exceptionalism is not some kind of macho bragging “we are superior to you” point kind of thing but refers to the fact the way Americans live is the exception to the norm. Especially true at our founding but still true to this day, the majority of people on earth and throughout man’s history have not been and are not free, do not exist under a government that is only ALLOWED to govern by their consent. Instead they are subjects and considered the property of their government, exist to serve the will and needs of government. Americans are the exception to that and exist as a people who claimed their rights, who ordered their government to keep its hand off those rights and set up the rules by which they consent to be governed -but specifically reserving the right to withdraw that consent, tear down their government and start over if government fails to abide by those rules as set up by We the People. Everything that makes this a great nation and one where people still risk their lives to get here all flows from that. Now why would the left want Americans to believe there is no such thing as American Exceptionalism? They do because American Exceptionalism is incompatible with the system of government they seek to impose on us all, one in which they also need people to believe government is the source of our rights because that means government can alter, restrict or rescind them as well. Progressivism (in reality Regressivism) is incompatible with the founding principles of this country and they know it.

    • Paulm456

      Well said my friend.

    • https://twitter.com/1776_Freedom_Fi 1776 Freedom Fighter

      Amen, TeamFrazzled, thank you for an eloquent summary of American Exceptionalism!

      When you noted the Founders and We the People, it was clear this pic had to be sent in your honor.

      Yes, we have a new candid photo from the G20 Summit. Once again Obummer has put in a shameful appearance:

  • Sky MKinley

    I have always known I wouldn’t want to run into Putin in a dark alley at 3 a.m. after having insulted him the previous day. You just get that feeling nothing good would come of it for you …

  • African Child

    How did Obama win the Nobel Peace Price when he doesnt seem to be promoting peace anywhere?
    Putin makes Obama and Cameron look like College bullies.

  • African Child

    American leaders and Islamic fundamentalist behave alike.
    One kills and beheads if you dont follow their version of Sharia ideology while the other kills and bombs if you dont follow their version of democratic ideology.

  • therealguyfaux

    American exceptionalism as practiced by Obama in recent days has shown signs of Dunning Kruger Syndrome– you know, the condition where you overestimate your brainpower, because you’re SO stupid, you’re TOO stupid to realize how stupid you are.

  • bluemount

    Don’t worry, Vlad. Obama was just kidding with his “exceptional” remark. Remember when first elected he said America was no more exceptional than other countries think they are exceptional.

  • Still Determined

    The average person thinks they are above average.

    • therealguyfaux

      Lake Wobegon kids ARE all above average.

  • TheseusBeck

    Nevertheless. USA is exceptional in it’s founding, constitution, and liberty. BO is fighting that by acting like royalty. And $1 bet sez Putin didn’t author that.

  • CombatDiver

    ‘It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptiona​l’

    sounds like something Obama or Her Royal Highness Michelle would say.

  • loheotbu

    TheseusBeck, I agree. It is our constitution which is exceptional.

  • Judy Taylor

    Putin throws our dear leader a lifeline and now he thinks he owns us. Guess that makes sense to the no-longer-exceptional NYT; doesn’t make sense to the majority of Americans.

  • Joe W.

    From CNN just now:

    On the eve of an all-important pow-wow in Geneva, where Secretary of
    State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart will talk over a plan for
    stripping Syria of chemical weapons, The New York Times published a
    stern, and at times standoffish op-ed from their brand new contributor: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “Putin is now fully invested in Syria’s CW (chemical weapons)
    disarmament,” a senior White House official told CNN’s Jake Tapper, when
    asked to respond to Putin’s op-ed.

    In that opinion piece, Putin speaks directly to the American people
    and says, among many things, that there is “every reason to believe” it
    was the rebels, not regime forces, who used poison gas.

    And in his final paragraph, Putin references President Barack Obama’s
    speech on Syria Tuesday night, and slams the president’s assertion of
    American exceptionalism.

    “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.” It is extremely
    dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever
    the motivation,” Putin wrote.

    “That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official said in response.
    “He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good.
    That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW
    disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike – which
    would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical
    weapons. He now owns this. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he
    needs to deliver.”

    So the White House has washed their hands of the whole thing and given it to Putin. Just as I have been saying all along. Obama has abdicated the role of the Leader of the Free World and given it to Putin, along with abandoning the entire notion of “American Exceptionalism” by saying “that’s all irrelevant” I rest my case.

  • Right Wired

    He may have a point : Stalin, Mao, Lenin all thought they were exceptional and 100 million died because of it.

  • LisaDiane

    The problem with Jon Favreau’s comment at the end is that Obama would NEVER care enough about diplomacy to spend any time writing an article for any newspaper! He “WON”…..remember???

  • JustLikeAnimals

    PUTIN 2016: Finally!! Leadership America Can Count On!!!

  • sallyedelstein

    Is the cold war being taken out of the deep freeze?

    Having caught a cold war chill I never could quite shake, the current frosty
    relations between Obama and Putin send a shiver down my spine, as
    childhood memories of the cold war are quickly defrosted.

    Uncle Sam was certain that the Soviets were not only concealing the truth but
    waging a campaign of hatred against us and our peaceful motives,
    embarking on his own campaign to dispel the lies and promote the
    American way of life. The deepening
    mistrust and accusations of lying between the US and Russia feels like
    deja vu all over again.

    A visual look at truth, lies and the cold war http://wp.me/p2qifI-1Et

  • John LaRosa

    This “butt fumble” of an Administration deserves to be mocked. This great nation and her people do not. #AmericanExceptionalism

    • LisaDiane

      LOLOL!!!!! WHERE did you get this awesome GEM of a picture??? I can’t stop laughing over here!! AAHahahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!

      • John LaRosa

        “Borrowed” from a friend’s Facebook post. I was torn between that photo and this one:

        • LisaDiane

          Hahaha!!! PERFECT!! You have a gift with finding these great pics! Thanks for the laugh, I really needed it!!! 😀

          • John LaRosa

            My pleasure. :)

  • chetnapier

    Then can we assume that there will be no russian team at the Olympics?

  • Dave Turson

    Putin: “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

    Oh-oh, time for a national anthem lyrics redo in Russia. These lines must be extracted, pronto:

    Russia – our sacred homeland,
    Russia– our beloved country.
    A mighty will, great glory –
    You are unique in the world, one of a kind –
    This native land protected by God!

  • Paul

    barry soetero just got buttraped in front of the whole world

    what an embarrassment…he liked it!!!

  • Cat Schrödinger

    While the world watches the international military and political brinksmanship unfolding regarding Syria, the run-up to where it stands today was certainly interesting to watch.

    Over the last few years, the world’s most prominent semi-boneless trouser trout — Barack Obama, has been bolstering his image as a leader by engaging in endless rounds of golf and preening his manliness by staging photo ops of himself eating ice cream, riding a girly bike wearing mom jeans and bobbing his head to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Conversely, president Putin was snapped shirtless riding horses, hunting for bear and finding relics on the ocean floor while scuba diving – also staged photo ops.

    With the images of the respective leaders seared into the minds of the public, the Grandmaster’s Tournament of geopolitical chess began. Putin sits at the table with his pieces neatly arranged awaiting the arrival of the best that the United States has to offer. When Obama finally arrives after Kerry-Heinz bungled the invitation, he saunters into the room and plops his checkers on the chess board believing that Putin is at a disadvantage.

    Following the first few moves, Putin is playing a deep game thinking 16 moves ahead while Obama is maneuvering his checkers hoping to get kinged. As each trade public barbs trying to psych the other, Putin, who is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands via his own civil war, suddenly appears to be the peace maker as the only Nobel Peace Prize winner at the table cries for war.

    Neither should be trusted, but rather loathed for their deceptive tactics in both internal and international politics and policy. Where the U.S. once relied on the United Nations as the arbiter of what military action is sanctioned, the administration now disregards that establishment’s consensus. Russia, which loved to flaunt their contempt for the U.N., now fully embraces it.

    The players have changed positions, but the game remains the same

  • http://www.showrealhist.com/ EDJH

    “Exceptionalism” will be showing this to the people.
    The Public Be Suckered