From Sunlen Miller:
President Obama’s New Year’s resolution is to grow the economy and create jobs, he declares in his weekly address, the first of the new year.
“Our most important task now is to keep that recovery going. As president, that’s my commitment to you: To do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs, and strengthening our middle class. That’s my resolution for the coming year.”
As the president winds down his vacation, he previews the year that lies ahead, facing a different political reality than when he rang in the new year last year.
“In a few days, a new Congress will form, with one house controlled by Democrats, and one house controlled by Republicans — who now have a shared responsibility to move this country forward. And here’s what I want you to know: I’m willing to work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea and the commitment to see it through.”
The president says he expects Americans to hold both parties accountable for “our progress or our failure” to deliver on those commitments.
“We have come through a difficult decade, one of new threats and new trials we didn’t expect when it began. But a new year and a new decade stretch out before us. And if we just remember what America is capable of, and live up to that legacy, then I’m confident that we are poised for a period of progress.”
The president will return to Washington on Monday, after a two-week vacation in Hawaii.