International Coverage of President at Knox College

International media reported on the visit to Knox College by President Barack Obama. Coverage has included:

From: China Daily (Beijing, China)

The United States and China – the world’s two largest economies – are both facing a tough fight on their own home fronts: ever widening income gaps between the haves and the have-nots. In his speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, President Barack Obama said incomes of the top 1 percent of the wealthiest Americans nearly quadrupled from 1979-2007, but the typical family’s income barely budged. Obama recalled his speech at the college in 2005 as a young senator from Illinois, when he talked about the trend of a winner-take-all economy, where a few do better and better and better, while everybody else just treads water… Read more at China Daily…

From: Business Standard (New Delhi, India)

In an interview with New York Times, [President] Obama commented on one of his most anticipated decisions – to find a replacement to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke when his term expires on January 31… On Tuesday, Obama had said the US has fought its way back after suffering one of the worst economic recessions in years and asserted that fixing economy would be the “highest priority” of his second term. “Five years after the start of that Great Recession, America has fought its way back. We fought our way back,” he said in a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where he had delivered his first major economic speech on the national stage in 2005… Read more at Business Standard…

From: The Korea Herald (Seoul, Korea)

President Barack Obama is imploring Americans to join him in breaking free from what he sees as the partisan shackles holding back a robust economic recovery… In three campaign-style appearances in two days last week, with more promised in the weeks ahead, the president blamed political opponents for trapping the American middle class in a perpetual downward spiral. In his economic speech [July 24] at Knox College in Illinois, Obama spoke about “growing inequality” and promised to outline proposals later this summer aimed at adapting the US economy to an increasingly competitive and interconnected world… Read more at The Korea Herald…

From: BBC (London, UK)

Reversing US economic inequality should be Washington’s top priority, President Barack Obama has said, as an autumn budget battle with Congress looms… On [July 24], Mr Obama returned to Knox College, where in 2005 he gave one of his first addresses as a newly elected US senator, discussing the economic forces that had depressed the US middle class… Read more at BBC…