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Obama Gets Applause from European Press

April 3, 2009

President Barack Obama manages to tie the idea of expanding markets for American products with concern for the world’s children…and gets the normally cynical press to stand and applaud him for saying so. I don’t think it’s too much exaggeration to say that Mr. Obama could sell ice to the Inuit. Story from the New York Times,

Mr. Obama said that if America neglected or abandoned poor countries, “not only are we depriving ourselves of potential opportunities for markets and economic growth, but ultimately that despair may turn to violence that turns on us.”

“Unless we are concerned about the education of all children and not just our children, not only may we be depriving ourselves of the next great scientist who’s going to find the next new energy source that saves the planet, but we also may make people around the world much more vulnerable to anti-American propaganda.”

In a rare show of emotion from the international press, many in the room stood up and cheered after Mr. Obama was done.”

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