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Mayors meet with 'makers' at White House

Posted June 18, 2014

— Mayors of 90 cities, including Conover, N.C., were invited Wednesday to visit with President Barack Obama at the first White House Maker Faire. 

More than 100 entrepreneurs, students and inventors from 25 states joined the president for a celebration of entrepreneurship. The event is part of the president's effort to focus attention on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) and on boosting U.S. manufacturing.

Obama was in Pittsburgh on Tuesday pledging to make expanding manufacturing a priority for his remaining years in office.

The White House says 13 federal agencies are teaming up with companies like Etsy and Kickstarter to help Americans access startup capital and tools to develop new products.

During the White House Maker Faire, Obama will check out exhibits including the results of a 3D scan of his body that will be printed into a bust that will be delivered for display at the Smithsonian. Teen inventors will show off a biodiesel car made in Philadelphia and 128-square-foot home designed and built by a 12-year-old from Georgia.


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  • Alan Baker Jun 18, 2014
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    Of course, but neither was the President saying you didn't evolve and work hard. His point was that everyone, even those mythical "I did it my way" successes did it with help and shouldn't pretend they don't owe a debt to society for that success.

    The President is by no means perfect, but he's also not a stupid man; he doesn't speak in bumper stickers. The drive to misinterpret every word a politician says in the most insulting way possible dumbs down politics and creates ignorant voters, irrelevant of party. Think a little and consider the full context of the speech before you decide it was your achievement that was being diminished.

  • Marley Higgins Jun 18, 2014
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    "Misquote, of course, but still mostly true."

    not sure i agree. at some point fish developed the capability to breath oxygen and became amphibious. that doesn't mean that i didn't build my business just because i have lungs. society moves forward by 'standing on the shoulders of giants', and in no way does that mean that people don't create things.

  • Marley Higgins Jun 18, 2014
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    "The White House says 13 federal agencies are teaming up with companies like Etsy and Kickstarter to help Americans access startup capital and tools to develop new products."

    if that's true, say goodbye to any sort of effectiveness out of those companies once the gov't gets involved...

  • Alan Baker Jun 18, 2014
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    Misquote, of course, but still mostly true. You didn't build that yourself. You used the schools and the mails and the roads and a whole host of state and federal benefits you probably haven't even considered.

    The President has shown a tremendous amount of interest in the Maker Movement (that is, people actually using modern technology to innovate, not people squatting at their desks complaining about everyone else on their employer's dime.) He's shown a lot of interest in using that tech to bring manufacturing and innovation back to the US. As a garage maker myself, I would have loved to be invited to something like this.

  • itsnotatumah Jun 18, 2014

    Of the 90, how many showed up?

  • Monkey_Joe Jun 18, 2014

    The full quote is an even better example of the fundamental mediocrity that is replacing our historic drive for excellence. Some of these makers are showing technology like 3d printers that will make unskilled labor obsolete. That's called irony!

  • pappy1 Jun 18, 2014

    Hmmm. Can they "make" him go away?

  • Brandy Lee Jun 18, 2014
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    Wow Mike, way to follow the herd. Anything out of context sounds different. Here is what he actually said, and it TRUE
    "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet ...