- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

STRASBOURG, FRANCE (AP) - President Barack Obama says he’s willing to listen and compromise with European partners and other countries.

But he says that does not diminish his belief in what he calls … “American exceptionalism.”

The president was asked at a news conference Saturday in France after NATO’s summit how he reconciles U.S. world leadership with his effort to consider European concerns.

Obama said he is proud of his country and its role and history.

He said the U.S. has a set of values enshrined in the Constitution, and the U.S. has a strong body of laws and democratic practices.

Obama also spoke of the need for all countries, including the U.S., to compromise.


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