President Barack Obama pauses as he thinks about a question that he was asked during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. At the end of his fifth year in office, Obama's job approval and personal favorability ratings have fallen to around the lowest point of his presidency. Obama will depart later for his home state of Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation trip. It's the first time in his presidency that his departure plans have not been delayed by legislative action in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Obama looks ahead to ‘a year of action’
Economy » The president puts a rosy spin on rough time in his second term.
By JACKIE CALMES
| The New York Times
First Published Dec 20 2013 06:15 pm • Last Updated Dec 20 2013 07:04 pm
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