A couple headlines have come out of former Vice President Dick Cheney's interview with Fox's Sean Hannity that aired last night: one is that Cheney thinks Obama is "more radical" than he first appeared; the other is that Obama, in Cheney's words, "doesn't fully understand or share that view of American exceptionalism that I think most of us believe in."
Here's the video and the full quote:
I think most of us believe, and most presidents believe and talk about, the truly exceptional nature of America--our history, where we come from, our belief in our constitutional values and principles, our advocacy for freedom and democracy, the fact that we've provided it for millions of people all over the globe and done so unselfishly. There's never been a nation like the United States of America in world history. And yet, when you have a president who goes around and bows to his host and then proceeds to apologize profusely for the United States, I find that deeply disturbing. That says to me this is a guy who doesn't fully understand or share that view of American exceptionalism that I think most of us believe in.
This is a line of criticism that conservatives have leveled at Obama--one that hasn't always been led by Cheney, but by conservative bloggers and other commentators as well--since early in his administration, and even before: that his "World Apology Tour," as it was dubbed in the spring, amounted to a soft, lefty prostration before the world, one that demeaned America's standing and sought to engage other countries in a kind of socialist, EU, everyone's-equal-here mode.