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Fox News Trots Out Pat Caddell To Exploit GOP Talking Point Obama Doesn’t Believe U.S. Is Exceptional

Reported by Ellen - December 27, 2010 -

Gallup came out with a poll last week showing that 80% of Americans believe America has “a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world.” But about 37% don’t believe that President Obama thinks so. Gallup noted that the majority of skeptics are Republicans and further suggested that it could help the GOP to keep pushing that meme. But Gallup also noted that majorities of Democrats (83%) and independents (57%) believe that Obama does think the U.S. is the greatest country and “It is not clear… how consequential these views may be to Americans’ 2012 vote.” But leave it to Fox News to skip over the latter details and bring on “Democrat” Pat Caddell to help exploit the Obama-doesn’t-believe-America-is-the-greatest-country talking point.

On Thursday’s (12/23/10) America Live, substitute co-host Arthel Neville introduced the discussion by saying, “A new poll is raising new questions about President Obama’s bid for re-election in 2012. According to Gallup, more than a third of Americans don’t think the president shares their belief that the U.S. has a unique character that makes it the greatest country in the world. In fact, 37% says that he does. (Actually, the 37% say he does not believe that, an error not corrected by “Democrat” Caddell.) And if you break it down even further… 38% of independents, a key group of voters, by the way, feel that way as well. So will this be a factor two years, when voters head to the polls again?”

The choice of Caddell as a guest spoke volumes on its own. As we have repeatedly posted, Caddell’s comments are reliably anti-Democratic. As Media Matters noted in 2004, "Caddell's harsh criticism of Democrats and questionable allegiance to the Democratic Party have been evident for more than a decade."

Caddell wasted no time making anti-Democratic hay. He said the poll’s implications “could be very serious… The president has made it clear that he may be the first American president ever not to be in the traditional line of an American exceptionalist… He’s gone out of his way to push this idea that we’re just one of many… The importance of these poll results cannot be underestimated… It goes to the question of… a lot of people have of exactly what his priorities are."

Neville offered a mild challenge by asking, “Why he (Obama) would even run for office, then?”

Short answer: for the power to work his radical (read un-American) ways. Caddell said, “He’s running for office ‘cause he’s a very powerful man and he believes in what he believes. The problem is, he is the president and a lot of Democrats as well as independents and Republicans worry about this problem that the administration is too far out on its views and the way it approaches issues…” Caddell later said with deliberate ominousness, “This doubt is the kind of serious thing that we (pollsters)… I’m telling you, it’s the kind of attitude that would worry you.”

Neville asked what it would take to change the public’s views.

Instead of offering any positive suggestions, Caddell highlighted more negatives in Obama’s record. “It would help if he did not give speeches, as he did twice last month, twice before the election, in which he gives (a) speech… misquoting the Declaration of Independence, and leaving out questions about… whether or not our rights granted by… endowed by our Creator… He does things that raise questions about whether he believes in fundamental American attitudes… He needs to address that. He needs to speak to that.”