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Finally, Obama sounds impressed by his country:

Remember — for all the hits we’ve taken these last few years, for all the naysayers predicting our decline, America still has the largest, most prosperous economy in the world. No workers are more productive than ours. No country has more successful companies, or grants more patents to inventors and entrepreneurs. We are home to the world’s best colleges and universities, where more students come to study than any other place on Earth.

This is a welcome shift from the two-plus years of hearing about how we’re okay but nothing to brag about. Doubtless, he’s realized that the national confidence-suppression workshop gave us a complex we can now ill afford if we hope to excel.

And then this declaration of American exceptionalism:

What’s more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea — the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That is why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here.

It’s been a long time coming.

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