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May 28, 2009 in Campaign 2008, Campaign 2010, Campaign 2012, Capitalism, Economy, Family values, Politics, socialism, Terrorism, Uncategorized | Tags: Barack Obama, G20 Summit, New York City, Obama birth certificate, Pittburgh | 5 comments
By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI – 1 hour ago
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is known for steel. For sports. For smoke and smog. For a spectacular downfall. But not often for recovery.
For years, political leaders, community activists and ordinary residents tried to convince the world beyond its three rivers that this former industrial powerhouse was on the rise with an economy built on higher education, medicine and new technology.
From Sept. 24 to 25, it will get a chance to prove its point to the world leaders representing 85 percent of the world’s economy. On Thursday, the White House announced that President Barack Obama decided to host the next Group of 20 economic summit in Pittsburgh as a way of illustrating what success can look like.
“This is Pittsburgh’s chance to show visitors the world over a first-class time in our first-class city,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said in a statement.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama recommended Pittsburgh at the end of the group’s April meeting in London, because the city “has seen its share of economic woes in the past, but because of foresight and investment is now renewed, giving birth to renewed industries that are creating the jobs of the future.”
Once the American frontier, Pittsburgh emerged from the battles of the French and Indian War 2 1/2 centuries ago.