His remarks regarding American exceptionalism only come at the very end of what is almost exclusively an appeal to strengthening the credibility of the United Nations Security Council.
Unfortunately, the remarks he made about his own understanding of "exceptionalism," marked as it is by Russia's latent fear of Nazi Germany, is what the demented press in the United States sets as the headline.
Putin compares "exceptionalism" to Obama's statements about the U.S. going it alone, unilateralism, and not from any appreciation for the U.S. and its role in founding and maintaining the modern West.
In short, Putin (like Obama) has no sense of American exceptionalism as expressed, for example, by Governor Palin. Nor should anyone expect him to understand what Americans believe about themselves and our historic role.
A U.S. president should, at the very least, understand (and rightly should share) Sarah Palin's understanding of that phrase. But, this administration has a greater misunderstanding and fear of its meaning than Putin.
Ironic, isn't it? An American president with genuine hatred for American exceptionalism lectured on the topic by a Russian leader who has mistaken it for unilateralism.
Reality is much stranger than any fiction.
I find it positive that Putin references Rule of Law and Christian principles.