“There’s nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America, especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world.”
— Barack Obama, 2015
“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”
— Michelle Obama, 2008
Oh and hey, while we’re at it, let’s not forget the world apology tour.
So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we’ve allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there’s something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
— Barack Obama, April 3, 2009
My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.
— Barack Obama, January 27, 2009
While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms. . . . The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made.
— Barack Obama, April 17, 2009
Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.
— Barack Obama, April 16, 2009