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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says the optimistic, dynamic and forward-thinking attitudes in Silicon Valley are what can help drive the American economy and get people back to work.

Obama made his remarks Monday during a town-hall-style meeting hosted by social networking site LinkedIn.

About 300 people were in the audience, mostly LinkedIn employees and members, and the president answered questions on education, veterans, job-training, taxes and business regulations.

He had the opportunity to trumpet his jobs plan while encouraging jobless attendees about the future. He said the problem is not them, it's the global economy.

Obama said the big question is how to continue to spark the innovation that's going to ensure economic success in the 21st century while also preparing workers to plug into the new economy.

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