Cabot Phillips: Obama 'played a role' in students thinking America is not the greatest
However, Phillips also suggested that former President Barack Obama also "played a role" in that.
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.
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.
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.