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Obama: 2014 can be breakthrough year for America’


December 21. 2013 12:41AM
By JULIE PACE Associated Press White House Correspondent



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long era of recession and slow recovery.


Praising Congress for a recent, relatively modest budget compromise, the president said, “It’s probably too early to declare an outbreak of bipartisanship. But it’s also fair to say we’re not condemned to endless gridlock.”


Obama spoke from the White House briefing room podium as he concluded his fifth year in office. He and his family were departing later in the day for their holiday vacation in Hawaii.


Asked if this year had been the worst of his presidency so far, he laughed and said, “That’s not how I think about it.”


Obama’s polls are at or near the low point of his tenure in the White House. The rollout of the Obamacare website bombed, and high-visibility parts of his agenda have yet to make it through Congress, including a call for gun safety legislation in the wake of the shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school a year ago and a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws.


“If you’re measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot over the course of my career,” he said, and then repeated that the economy was finally showing significant progress.


 


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