The Economic Outlook
Thank you very much and good morning ladies and gentlemen.
Let me thank the National Chamber Foundation and all the staff who organized this event—and thank you all for coming.
At the outset, I’d like to express, on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, our shock and sadness over the tragic shootings in Arizona.
Under any circumstance, the violence, injury, and loss of life that occurred are an outrage to us all. We are especially offended by the fact that this rampage was directed at our democracy itself—striking down public servants as well as free citizens who had come to engage in a dialogue and express their views.
We are praying for a full recovery for Congresswoman Giffords and the others who were injured. And our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives.
While the New Year has begun on this sad note, I can report that when it comes to the nation’s economy, we begin 2011 in better shape than we found ourselves last year. The state of American business is improving.