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Obama convening export panel at White House

Thursday - 9/19/2013, 10:54pm  ET

President Barack Obama, center, gets a reaction from his comments as he speaks to members of his Export Council during their meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Washington. Seated with Obama are from left are, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, Jim McNerney, CEO of Boeing and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says rising U.S. exports have been "one of the biggest bright spots" of the U.S. economy.

Obama in 2010 set a goal of doubling exports by 2015, but the country is not on track to meet that goal. However, Obama pointed out the United States now sells more goods overseas than ever before, and those sales have boosted the U.S. economy. Obama says "made in America" means something around the world.

Obama was addressing his export council, an advisory committee on trade with members from a variety of U.S. industries. Thursday's meeting at the White House included seven new members, among them the chief executives from IBM, Marriott, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer and Merck.

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