Speaking before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday morning, President Obama subtly pushed back on Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s New York Times editorial by declaring that “America is exceptional.”
The danger for the world is that the United States, after a decade of war, is rightly concerned about issues back home,” the president said before the gathering in New York City. “Aware of the hostilities that our engagement in the region has engendered throughout the Muslim world, they disengage, creating a vacuum of leadership that no other nation is ready to fill. I believe such disengagement would be a mistake.”
And then, addressing Putin’s Sept. 11 op-ed that bluntly declared it “extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional,” the president asserted:
Some may disagree, but I believe America is exceptional. In part because we have shown a willingness through the sacrifice of blood and treasure to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interests, but for the interests of all. I must be honest though, we’re far more likely to invest our energy in those countries that want to work with us, that invest in their people instead of a corrupt few, that embrace a vision of society where everyone can contribute, men and women, Shia or Sunni Muslim, Christian or Jew.
Watch the clip below, via Fox:
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