Leave it to the oft-maligned thorn in the United States' side to eloquently pin down one of our country's greatest flaws. In his now infamous New York Times op-ed, Vladimir Putin closed out the Syria-focused piece by calling Americans out on our arguably engorged self-pride:
"It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."
Say what you will about the rest of the Russian President's article, but this closing sentiment truly hits home.
It was obvious that Putin's op-ed hit a target when a torrent of fiery political indignation hit the internet. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) told CNN that he, upon reading Putin's words, "almost wanted to vomit," while Senator John McCain (R-AZ) alleged that the "op-ed is an insult to the intelligence of every American." Forbes even made an embarrassingly weak attempt at rebutting Putin, claiming in an article the following day that America is exceptional because we are the number one destination for potential migrants worldwide. I guess I'm the first to learn that this is the barometer for being exceptional (read: sarcasm).