President Obama in his weekly address reflected on the significant progress the country has made over the past eight years since he took office.
He noted that the economy was at the brink of collapse with nearly 800,000 Americans losing their jobs monthly, 180,000 troops serving in Iraq, and Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden still at large while health care and climate changes presented major challenges.
He said eight years later, there is now a different story as the country has moved from recession into recovery; businesses have created 15.6 million new jobs since early 2010, a resurgent auto industry, reduction in poverty, and increasing incomes among average householders.
“Twenty million more Americans know the financial security of health insurance. Our kids’ high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. We’ve brought 165,000 troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and took out Osama bin Laden. Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, and brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids. Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago. And marriage equality is finally a reality from coast to coast,” the President added.
He further argued that this impressive result did not come easily, “It was the result of tough choices we made, and the result of your hard work and resilience. And to keep America moving forward is a task that falls to all of us. Sustaining and building on all we’ve achieved – from helping more young people afford a higher education to ending discrimination based on preexisting conditions, to tightening rules on Wall Street, to protecting this planet for our kids – that’s going to take all of us working together.”
The President underscored the point that although there were obstacles it was the ordinary people that nailed it through hard work, commitment, and dedication.
“It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. And as I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams. And from the Obama family to yours – have a happy and blessed 2017,” he concluded.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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