In Rudy Giuliani’s infamous disparagement of Barack Obama’s patriotism last week, he said the president only infrequently and almost begrudgingly praises America in his public remarks.


That’s utter nonsense, of course, but it appeals to Obamaphobes because of their political myopia. Those folks simply can’t see or hear anything that runs counter to the notions they garner from the right-wing noise machine. To them, Obama is a foreign-born Muslim who hates America and is bent on bringing our country to ruin.


In reality, Obama generally is as fulsome as any of his predecessors in expressing affection for America.


Just last month, in his State of the Union address, the president said:


I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.


I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard…


So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who every day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.


In THIS BLOG POST, you’ll find links to numerous other examples of Obama’s pro-America oratory and quotations from previous presidents citing ways in which America can become better (remarks that a cynic might characterize as insufficiently patriotic)>

In Rudy Giuliani’s infamous disparagement of Barack Obama’s patriotism last week, he said the president only infrequently and almost begrudgingly praises America in his public remarks.

That’s utter nonsense, of course, but it appeals to Obamaphobes because of their political myopia. Those folks simply can’t see or hear anything that runs counter to the notions they garner from the right-wing noise machine. To them, Obama is a foreign-born Muslim who hates America and is bent on bringing our country to ruin.

In reality, Obama generally is as fulsome as any of his predecessors in expressing affection for America.

Just last month, in his State of the Union address, the president said:

I still think the cynics are wrong. I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California, and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown, in Boston, in West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains, from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard…

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who every day live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

In THIS BLOG POST, you’ll find links to numerous other examples of Obama’s pro-America oratory and quotations from previous presidents citing ways in which America can become better (remarks that a cynic might characterize as insufficiently patriotic)>