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In a gesture of goodwill following a fractious election season, President Obama has accepted an invitation to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The president will deliver a speech Feb. 7 to members of the nation's largest business federation to "discuss his commitment to growing the economy and making America more competitive, and the importance of working together to create jobs," White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story.

During the election, the chamber facilitated corporate funding for Republican candidates and its president, Tom Donohue, leveled criticisms at Obama over financial reform legislation and the health care law. For his part, Obama attacked the chamber over reports, still unproven, that it was illegally using foreign money to buy pro-GOP ads.

The New York Times pointed out that "Obama's outreach to the group is part of a strategy for the second half of his term of emphasizing business-friendly policies."

It will be the president's first address to the chamber.

"We look forward to hosting the President next month to discuss jobs and the economy," Tom Collamore, the chamber's senior vice president of communications, said on the group's website. "This remains the top priority of the Chamber and the business community, and we're committed to working together to put Americans back to work."
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dc walker

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce where American corporations go to find out how they can move out of the US and bring back goods to the same market duty free.

January 05 2011 at 10:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

I think it is great Obama is responding to the 2010 elections which sent a very clear message that America is not behind his or the Dem Congress's plans for our nation. And he must continue to do so if he wishes to be reelected in 2012.

January 05 2011 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

Nonsense. The majority of voters said Obama had nothing to do with their vote and the majority of Democrats that did not win reelection were Blue Dog Democrats that voted against such bills as the health care reform. The Democrats that stood with the other Democrats were by and large reelected.

January 06 2011 at 8:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
wolfsonnydiane

the clear merssage is americans want good paying jobs and the Gop has promised them cant wait to see aLL the high payiong jobs the tea party expects the gop to produce if they dont what is the tea party going to do

January 06 2011 at 8:48 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Margaret

If the Chamber really wants to "put Americans back to work," they need to stop supporting outsourcing to China, India, etc. AMERICANS need to work, not the rest of the world. Let China, India, etc. form their own companies to hire THEIR people. WE need work HERE.

January 05 2011 at 9:48 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Dennis Wayne

You are spot on.But I fear that these jobs are gone forever.From 1986 to 1994,I worked on an assembly line building light fixtures,that job went to mexico before the ink on nafta dried,More than a thousand americans out of good paying manufactoring jobs.As Obama stated, this high unemployment rate is now the norm.

January 06 2011 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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