Obama to meet with CEOs
December 11th, 2010
05:39 PM ET

Obama to meet with CEOs

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In an effort to "drill down" on the best way to accelerate job creation, the White House says President Obama will meet with business leaders at the Blair House Wednesday as part of a strategy session.

“The biggest challenge we face moving forward is not competition between Democrats and Republicans, but in making sure we are preparing the next generation to compete globally," said White House Deputy Communications Director Jen Psaki.

"The working session is an opportunity for the President to continue building strong partnerships in the business community toward that goal," she said.
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Topics: Economy • President Obama
December 11th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

Obama still soothing post-WikiLeaks relations

From Mary Grace Lucas CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama spent some time Saturday morning on the phone reaffirming relationships with two key allies whose leaders popped up in unflattering U.S. State Department cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website.

In separate phone calls with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama discussed the "deplorable actions by WikiLeaks" and worked for reassurance the revelations wouldn't harm cooperation between nations, according to White House statements.

In a December 2004 cable, the U.S. ambassador in Ankara, Turkey at the time said Erdogan had an "authoritarian style and deep distrust of others" and "Islamic tendencies." Erdogan's aides were described as "sycophantic (but contemptuous)."
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Topics: President Obama
December 11th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

White House week in review

Washington (CNN) - They say only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. One topic dominated the conversation at the White House this week, here's a quick look at what happened.


Topics: The News • week in review • White House