Obama speaks with business leaders in weekend follow-up  to earlier meeting
President Barack Obama arrived in Thailand this weekend.
November 18th, 2012
07:05 PM ET
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Obama speaks with business leaders in weekend follow-up to earlier meeting

(CNN) - President Barack Obama continued his outreach with business leaders over the weekend to discuss the so-called fiscal cliff and economic growth, a White House official said Sunday.

The official said Obama spoke with the CEOs of four Fortune 500 companies over the weekend after gathering a dozen CEOs of other major American companies at the White House on Wednesday.

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Obama's conversations were part of his "outreach on the need to find a balanced deficit-reduction solution that protects the middle class and continues to move our economy forward," the official said.

The CEOs he contacted were Tim Cook of Apple, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Jim McNerney of Boeing, and Craig Jelinek of Costco, according to the official.

Also during the weekend, Obama flew to Asia for meetings and a summit of regional leaders.

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. i'malib

    To make it fair, we need more welfare and fewer jobs.

    November 18, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Hopefully they wil either keep or move jobs back to the US. It would be nice if Apple moved the manufacturin of their products back to the US.

    November 18, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. maf

    Multi-tasking!!! Way to go Mr. President!!
    You have earned some more grey hair and probably a golf game or two!!

    November 18, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Nameale

    Okay now he's meeting with the people he's demonized in his campaign. What a hype.

    November 18, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. just askin

    so what was he offering to give them or threatening to do to them? gotta be one or the other. or maybe he was finally trying to get some idea about how our economy and businesses work after 4 years? or more likely he was trying to tell them that they needed to hire more people just to make him look good without regard to the needs or their business.

    November 18, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Obama speaks with business leaders in weekend follow-up to earlier meeting...

    Ahh.. Oh... Umm... Wait a min... TAX THE RICH !!!

    November 19, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. Steve, New York City

    How is it that some people think a person earning 250K a year is somehow in the same category as Warren Buffet, Mike Bloomberg or Bill Gates? Is that just a bad joke?
    Someone who earns 250K and lives in Fargo ND, Jackson Miss, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Grand Junction Col, or another place with low local tax/cost of living might at least be affluent. Someone earning 250K but living in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, etc. is unlikely to be rich. Washington – please use your brains for a change!!!

    November 19, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. jpmichigan

    Small business will not increase hiring until Obama shows them , that he can be trusted. So far, he hasn't even met with them, only BIG business.

    November 19, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Denny

    A flat tax would be a good way to compensate for the cost of living discrepancy in each region of the country. If everybody pays the same (fairly low) percentage of their income, the government and we the people would benefit. There must be a selfish reason our politicians won't consider this but I can't figure it out.

    November 19, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Larry in Houston

    @ Steve, New York City – – hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but if you took a survey of anywhere in this country, you will find out that anybody, ( and I mean most people) will tell you the same thing – They would practically give their right arm , to have an income of 250K ( less than that, truth be known) Most people would tell you that IF they had an income of 200K ( let alone 250 ) that they would be willing to Pay More In Taxes –

    November 19, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |