- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LONDON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling people worried about the economy not to “shortchange the future because of fear of the present.”

Obama said Wednesday he feels the best advice he could give to people everywhere would be to say that “despite the current hardships, we are going to get through this.” He said people should plan “sensibly” for the future, no matter how difficult times are presently.

The president told a London news conference that “fear is not the way to go.” He also took issue with comparisons of the current economic turmoil with the Great Depression in the United States in the 1930s, saying “this is not what happened to our grandparents generation.”

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