From the official debate transcript:
And in the '60s, he wrote letter after letter to come to college here in the United States because the notion was that there was no other country on Earth where you could make it if you tried. The ideals and the values of the United States inspired the entire world.This is the attitude that makes me comfortable in my decision to vote for John McCain.
I don't think any of us can say that our standing in the world now, the way children around the world look at the United States, is the same.
I'm sure that such statements play really well in coffee shops in Berkeley. American sucks now, apparently, and only Barack Obama can change things so the U.S. is once again respected. How arrogant. And how wrong.
Sure, when the BBC travels Europe and asks opinions of America, the response they get is poor. Of course, if you travel San Francisco, Massachussets, and NYC, you'd get similar answers. But what answers would you get if you visited Pennsylvania or Ohio or Michigan?
People all around the world are still flocking to this country. If Obama is correct, I guess children in Mexico no longer dream of coming to America and making a life for themselves. All this talk of illegal immigration is apparently a waste of time; in fact, Mexico should be bracing for horde of disillusioned American children heading south in the hopes of making their dreams come true in Mexico.
What is more telling is that this was the final comment by Obama--not some off-the-teleprompter remark during the debate. Which means he and his staff crafted this message and wanted to end with it. Do they really think it will play well in those states in the middle? Are they really so deafened by the echo chamber on the left that they assume everyone is embarrassed to be an American, like they are?
There is no doubt America has issues that need to be addressed. But I am much more comfortable having them be addressed by someone who is actually proud to be an American.