U.S. President Barack Obama tells the White House Summit on Global Development that it's important to remember that despite the ''terrible things taking place at any given moment across the globe,'' we live in the ''most prosperous, most progressive era in human history.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Obama spoke to leaders in development, the public and private sector, civil society and diplomats at the White House Summit on Global Development on Wednesday, where he focused on the progress that has been made, and not the tragic news stories around the world. "It is worth reminding ourselves of how lucky we are to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history," Obama said. "That's hard to absorb if we're watching the newscasts every night, because there's heartbreak and terrible things taking place at any given moment across the globe." The White House called the summit a time of "reflection" for the administration, and regarded the summit as a reflection of progress made, and focused effort on making sure it carries on.