Cabot Phillips: Obama 'played a role' in students thinking America is not the greatest

  • Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips says the lack of students being taught American exeptionalism has played a role in students not believing the U.S. is the greatest.
  • However, Phillips also suggested that former President Barack Obama also "played a role" in that.

A recent Pew Research poll showed that a record number of young Americans do not believe that the U.S. is the greatest country in the world. On the heels of that poll, Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Cabot Phillips went out to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and asked students if they think America is the greatest. 

The majority of students who spoke with Phillips said they do not believe America is the greatest, with many citing socialist countries in Europe as ones they would potentially say are better than the U.S. Seeking to find out what exactly is driving these students to think this way, Phillips asked them if they were familiar with the phrase, "American exceptionalism," and whether they've been taught about it in the classroom. 

"They had a president for eight years during their coming into adulthood, President Obama, that said 'American exceptionalism is not really a thing..."   

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Most said they had never been taught the ideal of American exceptionalism. While Phillips suggested this lack of educating students on "American exceptionalism" plays a role in how they see American greatness, he offered one more theory as to why today's students don't think America is the greatest. 

"They had a president for eight years during their coming into adulthood, President Obama, that said 'American exceptionalism is not really a thing. Every country thinks they're exceptional. We're no really better than any other country the way they think they are,'" Phillips pointed out.

"And so I think that had to play a role as well," Phillips said. 

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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