In the past 2 days, President Barack Obama has hosted a White House dinner with 17 top CEOs and addressed key members of the Business Roundtable. The chief topics of discussion were the state of the economy, the White House's view of the role of government in stimulating and stabilizing the economy, and progress on the recovery. BusinessWeek/Bloomberg: "President Barack Obama said bailouts of financial and auto companies and billions in stimulus spending arent the start of long-term 'government intervention' in the economy. "Speaking to almost 100 members of the Business Roundtable in Washington yesterday, Obama defended his policies and said those actions are temporary measures needed to revive an economy still struggling to emerge from a recession. 'The steps we took last year were about saving the economy from collapse, not about expanding governments reach into the economy,' Obama said. 'Government has a vital, if limited, role to play in fostering sustained economic growth.' ******* -- Accenture PLC CEO William Green said afterward that the speech showed Obama understands the challenges and issues of business. -- MasterCard Inc. CEO Robert Selander said Obama made a positive impression -- Greg Brown, co-CEO of Motorola Inc., said he welcomed Obamas attempt to engage the business community. The president has had probably more of a proactive business outreach than any other president that I can remember, Brown said ******* In each of these instances, government hasnt stepped in to supplant private enterprise, but to catalyze it, Obama said. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics or some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market. From the comments of business leaders, they agree and have more confidence in this president. Is it really so important for some people here at LPSG to see our president fail? Is the success of his policies/philosophy a personal affront? Successful business leaders don't seem to think so.