President Barack Obama is greeted by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama is in New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ordinary citizens will often have a more lasting impact on their community than their presidents and prime ministers, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he promoted civil society at the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
Obama said when people are free to speak their mind and hold leaders accountable, their governments work better and are more responsive. He praised groups that work to promote the rights of women, minorities, laborers, gays and lesbians.