President Obama ignored questions Thursday relating to Vladimir Putin’s NYT op-ed. However, the Russian president’s article, which he addressed “to the American people and their political leaders” did not slide by without a response.

Jim DeMint, former South Carolina Senator and current Heritage Foundation President, took it upon himself to pen a letter back to Putin Friday, explaining “the commander in chief of the world’s only superpower” has been “very busy.” He gave his own take on American Exceptionalism: