White House Outreach to Business Leaders

President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 14, 2010. The President was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors to make new investments in the clean energy industry. - Official White House photo by Pete Souza via Flickr

President Barack Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, July 14, 2010. The President was meeting with business leaders to discuss new ways to create jobs and strengthen the partnership between the public and private sectors to make new investments in the clean energy industry.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza via Flickr

White House Outreach to Business Leaders

President Obama reaches out to American business and industry leaders for support for his economic agenda, including spending on infrastructure. Prospects for finding common ground and creating new jobs.

President Obama has appealed to the nation's business leaders for help in revitalizing the U.S. economy. In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce yesterday, he drew from John F. Kennedy's famous call to action. President Obama said, "Ask yourselves what you can do to hire American workers, to support the American economy and to invest in this nation." The president pledged to simplify the tax code and invest in infrastructure and technology. Some critics say the president was too conciliatory to business. Others argue that overly burdensome regulations must be lifted first. The White House and the U.S. business community.

Guests

Jared Bernstein

chief economist and economic policy adviser for Vice President Biden and executive director of the vice president's Middle Class Task Force.

Bill George

professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former CEO of Medtronic Inc.

Dean Baker

co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and author of "Plunder & Blunder the Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy."

Elizabeth Williamson

reporter, The Wall Street Journal.

James Gattuso

senior research fellow in regulatory policy at the Heritage Foundation.

Bruce Josten

executive vice president for government affairs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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