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We've Been a Little Bit Lazy': Obama Sees a Different Kind of American Energy Crisis


"We aren’t out there hungry."

President Obama has been detecting an American energy crisis lately—but this one isn't OPEC's fault.

For the third time in as many months, Obama chided the United States for lack of effort in the competition for business. At the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Honolulu Saturday, the president said the U.S. has been "lazy" about attracting new investments to its shores:

"But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted -- well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America."

In October, the president told donors in San Francisco that Americans "have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam and unleashed all the potential in this country."

Obama noted in September that the U.S. had “gotten a little soft’’ when it comes to competing in international markets.

Following Obama's "lazy" characterization at APEC, Jake Tapper of ABC News asked CEOs in attendance if they would use similar terminology to describe American business efforts internationally.

"I would not," said Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

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