The ability of Americans to innovate
Could it be that he does not understand that corporations have been methodically controlling expression of innovation, through their otherwise-inexplicable wrongful use of their "Employment Agreements" required for a technical person to get a job? The "employment agreement" cedes all technical ideas an employee spontaneously has while in the employment of the corporation, regardless whether or not the idea was related to the job the person was assigned to do, or even in the field of interest of the corporation; and since the corporations have their pre-existing business agenda they are not willing nor able to make available those ideas to the public in the form of products the public can buy and use. Yet the corporation claims ownership of them and thus blocks anyone else from producing products based on those ideas their employees spontaneously create. Thus over the past decades the corporations have locked up nearly all American innovation, since nearly every technically inclined person has to work for some business, typically a corporation. Even in states which have passed laws forbidding this corporate practice, such as California, the corporations ignore those laws, pointing out the employee will have to fight the corporation in court to prove it... and employees don't want to lose their jobs nor have urge for court battles, thus the ideas are dead.
America is now faced with the legacy of this cunning practice by the businessmen who own and run typical corporations; and employees have long ago learned to not bother submitting such ideas to employers; because of the urge to control, the corporations will merely grab and bury the ideas calling them their business territory, thus killing the products that could have been created somewhere as a result of those ideas.
So how is Obama going to get around this massive long-emplaced intentional sabotage of American ingenuity, the ability to innovate?