- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

LONDON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he will try to help Americans realize that their well-being is tied to the well-being of other nations.

Obama says his top priority is to make Americans’ lives better. He said that in this era of interdependence, however, the United States cannot afford to be concerned only about the health or education of its own citizens.

Speaking at a London news conference following the G-20 Summit, Obama said Thursday that he will try to lead the U.S. in recognizing, as he put it, “that its interests, its fate is tied up with the larger world.”

The president acknowledged that some American individuals or companies can be hurt by trade agreements that benefit the nation as a whole.

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