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Obama at CGI

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"How do you find LaGuardia compared to the Beijing Airport?"

President Obama used this phrase today at CGI to highlight the eroding infrastructure in the US, particularly compared with the fast ramp-up in China.

"Unemployment....lingers for a lifetime"

Obama noted that unemployed young people will be affected for a lifetime by their extended period of unemployment in this economy.

The President highlighted the partisan environment in DC:

"I envy President Clinton....when you are out of Washington, it turns out you are dealing with reasonable people"

On reducing long-term US debt while growing the economy:

"Don't tell Bill Clinton it can't be done....he did not cut his way to growth...."

"We are not a retreating nation... we must continue to be a rising nation"