Obama calls for ‘course correction’ on globalization
Pushing back against the forces of isolationism, President Barack Obama stood Wednesday at the birthplace of democracy and declared it’s time for a “course correction” to ensure that the benefits of technology and globalization are more broadly shared.
Reducing inequality, he said, creates societies where people are “less likely to turn on each other, less likely to appeal to some of the darker forces” that tear people apart.
With the U.S. presidential election of Republican Donald Trump laying bare frustrations and dissatisfaction in America, Obama said the impulse to “pull back from a globalized world is understandable.” But his message to leaders and people around the globe was, “We can’t look backward for answers, we have to look forward.”
“We cannot sever the connections that have enabled so much progress,” Obama said as he wrapped up the first leg of his final foreign tour as president and headed for Germany.