WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he and business leaders share a mission of building a stronger economy, and he is seeking their ideas to "seize the promise of this moment."
The president spoke just ahead of his meeting with more than 20 CEOs at Blair House, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. The session is part of renewed outreach by the president to the corporate community, with whom he has had a difficult relationship.
Obama said he wants to prod businesses to invest their cash and review ways to reform the U.S. tax system, among other topics.
The president also took the opportunity to plug for a tax deal pending in Congress. He said he was convinced it would create jobs, even as it will again to the U.S. budget deficit.