Vladimir Putin thought he could chide the president of the United States about American exceptionalism, by saying Americans are no more exceptional than any other country's citizens.
Of course the godless leader of a communist country would have no idea.
At the time of our founding, all citizens of all countries enjoyed only the freedoms granted to them by their kings or emperors. They could not own property. They could not travel, nor go to school. They were slaves in every way but name. And, until Mikhail Gorbachev, the USSR was one of the biggest slave holders in the world's history.
We were exceptional because our founders stated in the Declaration of Independence, "We are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ..."
By forming our country this way, no king, president or political leader can take away our rights, neither legally nor morally.
- Blythe Cozza, Crown Point