Monday, February 07, 2011

Obama to CEOs: "ask yourselves what you can do for America," not just for company bottom lines

WASHINGTON - Echoing John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama prodded business leaders Monday to "ask yourselves what you can do for America," not just for company bottom lines, even as he sought to smooth his uneasy relations with the nation's corporate executives. Speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the president urged the business community to help accelerate the slow economic recovery by increasing hiring and unleashing some of the $2 trillion piling up on their balance sheets. "I want to encourage you to get in the game," Obama said. - JIM KUHNHENN

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