What does make an American proud?

What seems to make an American proud is a president going on foreign TV and bagging his country. Obama did it while running for president, for example in his speech in Berlin:

I know my country has not perfected itself.

As president he continues the trend. His first official TV interview is on an Arabic TV network, and what does he have to tell about his country?

all too often the United States starts by dictating.

Imagine Jan Peter Balkenende, the Dutch prime minister, or John Key, the New Zealand prime minister going abroad and saying: our country has done some pretty stupid things.

Let me end with quoting Obama's wife, who only became proud of her country when Obama became the nominee:

for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.