American Exceptionalism – Part 2


The Times’ David Leonhardt’s take on American Exceptionalism

I wanted to follow up on yesterday’s Around the Block, “American Exceptionalism in action!” ( by sharing today’s “The Morning” column from David Leonhardt of the New York Times. The column is headlined, “American Exceptionalism.”

In the piece, Mr. Leonhardt highlights the American handling of the pandemic, the Mississippi flag controversy and Russian bounties on U.S. troops. He also reports on Obama getting back into the fray (thank God): “People close to Obama told The Times that he has been wary of overshadowing Biden. But one Biden associate joked: “’By all means, overshadow us.’” as well as the mounting corporate boycott of Facebook (finally).

I’m honored to see that Mr. Leonhardt and I are on the same page, figuratively, at least. Full disclosure: the Times has not offered me any column inches.

Here’s the PDF link to Leonhardt’s column:

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

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