Obama puts a rosy spin on a difficult presidential year, sees better coming in 2014

  • Article by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 20, 2013 - 7:02 PM

WASHINGTON — Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating "ups and downs" on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress for his troubled health care overhaul. He predicted 2014 would be "a breakthrough year for America."

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avejoeconDec. 20, 1310:11 AM

Lets see, he will again demean anyone that dares to disagree with ANYTHING he decrees. And then he will take his 4 Million dollar vacation, while telling us there is absolutely NO cuts in spending that he can come up with.

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firefight41Dec. 20, 1311:19 AM

Note to self, leave tv off on Friday afternoon.

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tupelohoneyDec. 20, 13 2:11 PM

More Hope and Change! I believe! I believe!

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EleanoreDec. 20, 13 2:13 PM

Every year can be a breakthrough year for america as soon as we break through the strangle hold the two major political parties have on our authority. I look forward to realizing that potential, if not in 2014, then hopefully in 2016. I'm with the president on this, at least based on this headline.

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maxwellbayDec. 20, 13 2:17 PM

If Obama resigned, I may agree with the community activist in chief. Why don't you keep quiet while you are in Hawaii. Our gift would be a few days without hearing from you.

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dewarfDec. 20, 13 2:26 PM

If it were ONLY the failed Obamacare implementation and no action on gun-control and immigration reform. What about the Arab Spring disaster, the Iran compromise, the 'red line' in Syria, and Putin jumping into the leadership breach to become the most powerful man in the world? Or domestically, the increasing debt, slow employment growth and low GDP output? So 2013 hasn't been too bad for a community organizer masquerading as an executive? Seriously, anyone other than this amateur would have been fired long ago. Only 1126 more days!

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bgronniDec. 20, 13 2:34 PM

Only if the Republicans take the Senate and hold the house. that will be a start. Would it be too much to ask for a veto proof Congress?

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theblueoxDec. 20, 13 2:44 PM

Talking amnesty for criminal foreigners, wrecking the healthcare system, picking another war or just breaking the budget?

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EleanoreDec. 20, 13 2:45 PM

Even libs seems displeased with the current state of affairs. Brighten up little stars, there's a pony around here somewhere.

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brotherkennyDec. 20, 13 2:52 PM

Every year can be a breakthrough year for america as soon as we break through the strangle hold the two major political parties have on our authority (no sense in changing the words). They are disingenuous in their efforts to carry out the will of the people. They obfuscate and manipulate for those that help them financially to hold on to the reigns of power. I am less optimistic about them correcting their focus in 2014 and 2016. I suspect it will, as it always is, be up to the people to do what they can and know how to do. It is a war of attrition we fight against the takers as we work to sustain the world. Look inside rather than to Washington and do what has to be done. While I say that it must be the people that fix things, I don't believe the majority will vote in a way as to accomplish that via political change. But then, it's not the blatant ideologues with vested interest of their own that I speak of with regard to those that will accomplish improvements. It will be those that think for themselves.

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