At the heart of the Giuliani-led critique of the president’s patriotism is the suggestion that Barack Obama has never expressed love for the United States.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, has even challenged the media to find examples of Mr. Obama expressing such affection.
Has the president done so?
Yes, he has.
A review of his public remarks provides multiple examples.
In 2008, when he was still a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama uttered the magic words in Berlin, during a speech to thousands.
“I also know how much I love America,” he said at the time.
He did it again that same year during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, observing that “I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.”
Mr. Obama used a similar construction, as president, in 2011, during a town hall meeting in Illinois, when he recalled “why I love this country so much.”
Mr. Giuliani told Fox News that “I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are.”
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin joined the debate over the weekend, saying he did not know whether Mr. Obama loves the United States.
But over hundreds of speeches, Mr. Obama has paid tribute to the United States as “the greatest democratic, economic, and military force for freedom and human dignity the world has ever known,” vowed that “we will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense,” and declared that “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”
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