by Chris Bodenner

David Cross' take on "white fright":

A reader writes:

Thank you for posting the video where participants were asked why they were attending the Beck event. I was struck how every participant referenced American exceptionalism in their answer. Even when criticizing Obama (much milder than I expected, btw), they mostly cited how he doesn't appreciate America's unique and exceptional standing in human history. Considering the economy, Katrina, the inability to dispatch, not one but two wars, their fear is understandable. Attributing it all to Obama and his election makes perfect sense, because he too is different and represents anything but the past. Call it ironic or a contradiction, but one of the exceptional parts of America (not the same thing as exceptionalism) is that considering our history, we elected an Obama so soon.

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