Yesterday at the Heritage Foundation, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered a fiery, hyperbolic speech attacking the Obama administration’s national security policies. “America is at risk of slipping into the type of false sense of security which prevailed before that September morning,” he said, claiming that the President is “apolog[izing] on behalf of America” and being “naïve.” Last night on Fox News, Cantor continued his attacks. “We’ve done nothing wrong,” he said, adding that the U.S. doesn’t have to apologize for anything because Americans are “better than” the rest of the world:
CANTOR: What the President said in that speech [in Cairo] was that he hoped to return to the days when we had a partnership with the Muslim world. That America 20, 30 years ago enjoyed some type of good relationship that now has gone awry. I don’t see it that way. I don’t see that somehow we need apologize for anything that America has done. Are we a perfect nation? By no means. Are we better than any[one] else because of the exceptional nature of who we are? Yes.
Discussing his belief in American exceptionalism, President Obama said last year, “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.” But he added, “the fact that I am very proud of my country and I think that we’ve got a whole lot to offer the world does not lessen my interest in recognizing the value and wonderful qualities of other countries, or recognizing that we’re not always going to be right, or that other people may have good ideas, or that in order for us to work collectively, all parties have to compromise and that includes us.”