Obama Calls It 'a Cliche' to Say We're 'the Greatest Country on Earth'

May 14, 2013 - 5:33 PM

It's "a cliché" to say that America "is the greatest country on Earth," Pres. Obama told a DNC event in New York City on Monday.

"And more than anything, what I will be striving for over the next three and a half years is to see if that spirit that I saw in Boston and West, Texas, if we can institutionalize that, if we can create a framework where everybody is working together and moving this country forward. 

"Now, the good news is that if we do that, we've got the best cards of any country on Earth -- and that's the truth.  Look, there's no American politician, much less American President, who's not going to say that we're not the greatest country on Earth.  So that's a cliché.  On the other hand, objectively, when you look at where we are right now, we are poised for a 21st century that is as much the American century as the 20th century was."

Earlier in his remarks, Obama said that Americans all have "the same sense" that their country is the greatest:

It doesn't matter whether people are Democrats or Republicans or independents.  If you go into schools, you go to Little League games, you talk to people at the workplace -- everybody has the same sense that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we've gone through some tough times, but we're resilient and we can overcome whatever challenges are thrown at us.  And there's a desire to get outside of the constant squabbling and bickering and positioning and gamesmanship, and get to the business of figuring out how do we make sure that the next generation does better than this generation.

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