HONOLULU – Looking back on eventful year 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama, turning his weekly radio address in New Year message, expressed confidence in improving the economic situation, also election year in the United States in 2012.
Americans “have the courage to believe that their voices could weigh and make a difference”, he was welcomed, noting that it was through their mobilization that Congress finally agreed to extend by two months the tax deductions.
Reflecting on the year, Obama recalled the many challenges and advances that have marked, the U.S. disengagement from Iraq, the death of Osama bin Laden and signs of economic recovery.
“2012 will certainly lead to even more changes,” he said. “As we move into the new year, I am confident we have what it takes to deal with this change, and emerge even stronger, our economy to growth, more jobs are created and the middle class is strengthened. ”
On the eve of an election year, Barack Obama said that the coming months will help determine “what kind of country we want to be and what kind of world we want for our children and grandchildren.”