Obama: US movies, TV help shape world's culture

Posted at 5:06 PM, Nov 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-26 17:06:00-05

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says thanks to television and movies, the rest of the world has had a front-row seat for America's march toward progress.

Obama is trumpeting the entertainment industry at DreamWorks Studios near Los Angeles. He says entertainment is part of diplomacy and what makes the U.S. a world power.

Obama says millions may never set foot in the U.S., but through entertainment they've experienced a part of what makes the U.S. successful. He says, quote, "We have shaped a world culture through you."

Obama is crediting television shows like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," ''Will and Grace" and "Modern Family" for transmitting values like tolerance, diversity and overcoming adversity.

Obama's visit to the movie studio wraps up a three-day West Coast tour that focused on fundraising for Democrats.