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Politicians talking about American exceptionalism makes John Kerry uptight

By Doug Powers  •  July 15, 2014 11:10 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Ronald Reagan: “We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.”

John Kerry: “I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are.”

John Kerry, the always inspiring U.S. secretary of state, was in Vienna, Austria talking about what annoys him (transcript via Jeryl Bier at The Weekly Standard):

…I was privileged to speak to the graduating class of Yale this year, and it was particularly a pleasure because it happened to turn out to be, literally, I hate to say it, 48 years to the day that I was privileged to speak as a graduating senior to my own class. And I talked to them about sort of the world we’re in right now, but at the end I tried to remind them all, which I remind you of, we are – I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are – not because we’re not exceptional, but because it’s kind of in-your-face and a lot of other people are exceptional, a lot of other places do exceptional things.

Translation: “Lots of other countries accept Teresa’s American Express Centurion Card!”

**Written by Doug Powers

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