"I think 2014 needs to be a year of action. We've got work to do to create more good jobs, to help more Americans earn the skills and education they need to do those jobs and to make sure that those jobs offer the wages and benefits that let families build a little bit of financial security," Obama said at a crowded year end news conference.

Emphasizing the need to overhaul America's immigration system, Obama said, "We still have the task of finishing the fix on our broken immigration system."
    
US is going to focus on continue with progress made on the economic front and offer the middle class and those aspiring to join its ranks better opportunity, US President said.
    
Obama maintained that US is strengthening its position at home and defending its interests abroad.
    
"This year, we've demonstrated that with clear-eyed, principled diplomacy, we can pursue new paths to a world that's more secure - a future where Iran does not build a nuclear weapon, a future where Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles are destroyed," he said.
    
The President insisted that US will wind up Afghan war by the end of next year and would continue to bring its troops home.
    
"As always, we will remain vigilant to protect our homeland and our personnel overseas from terrorist attacks," he said.

Obama said he firmly believe that 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America. "We all know there's a lot more that we're going to have to do to restore opportunity and broad-based growth for every American. And that’s going to require some action," he said.
    
In 2013, American businesses created another two million jobs, adding up to more than 8 million in just over the past 45 months.
    
"Over the summer, our economy grew at its strongest pace in nearly two years.  The unemployment rate has steadily fallen to its lowest point in five years.  Our tax code is fairer, and our fiscal situation is firmer, with deficits that are now less than half of what they were when I took office," he argued.
    
"For the first time in nearly two decades, we now produce more oil here at home than we buy from the rest of the world, and our all-of-the-above strategy for new American energy means lower energy costs."
    
He said that the Affordable Care Act has helped keep health care costs growing at their slowest rate in 50 years. "Combined, that means bigger paychecks for middle-class families and bigger savings for businesses looking to invest and hire here in America," Obama said.

‘My New Year resolution is to be nicer to Press’

Obama said that his New Year resolution is to be nicer with the White House Press Corps.
    
"My New Year's resolution is to be nicer to the White House Press Corps," Obama said amidst laughter at his year ender news conference.
    
"You know?  Absolutely," said US President, who of late has been accused by the White House Press Corps of being less transparent and giving less access to the media.
 
Last week, a delegation of various press organisations met the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney other officials to discuss the issue of media access to the President.
    
The group stressed the need for consistent, meaningful access to the President for photographers and the full White House press corps. The delegation comprised of White House Correspondents Association, the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Media Editors, White House News Photographers Association, and National Press Photographers Association.

(Agencies)

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