America's place in the world could play part in 2012 elections USA Today Summary: Certain Republican's are saying that Obama does not believe the USA is exceptional. While I don't believe that Obama feels this way, I'd have to ask, have we been exceptional in the last 10 years? And are we required to constantly be patting ourselves on the back especially in light of all the (some self imposed) problems we face? There are those who have an issue with this statement?? Have you ever heard of being diplomatic?