Obama To G-20: Strong US Economy Key To Global Recovery
The Associated Press reports: "President Barack Obama said a strong, job-creating economy in the United States would be the country's most important contribution to a global recovery as he pleaded with world leaders to work together despite sharp differences. Arriving in South Korea on Wednesday for the G-20 summit, Obama is expected to find himself on the defensive because of plans by the Federal Reserve to buy $600 billion in long-term government bonds to try to drive down interest rates, spur lending and boost the U.S. economy. Some other nations complain that the move will give American goods an unfair advantage."
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Obama: 'Indonesia Is A Part Of Me'
The AFP report: "Obama said Indonesia's transformation had been mirrored in his own life, in the 40 years since he left the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, as a scruffy youth destined to become the president of the United States. 'Indonesia is a part of me,' Obama said, recalling how his late mother had married an Indonesian man and brought her son to then sleepy Jakarta, where he would fly kites, run in rice paddies and catch dragonflies. Obama said he had been encouraged by Indonesia's more recent rejection of Suharto-era authoritarianism and embrace of democracy, and said, with its new skyscrapers in now teeming Jakarta, it was now a key force in Asia."