Around 2p.m., President Obama held his final news conference of the year. He touted the longest streak of private sector job growth since the recession, with 13.7 million new jobs created. The unemployment rate has been cut in half, and the steady implementation of Obamacare has driven the uninsured rate down. The president mentioned that 17 million Americans have gained coverage, 6 million since January 1 of this year alone. He mentioned a clean energy industry boom, and was happy that marriage equality became a reality in all 50 states.
The president noted that he’s “very optimistic” about the year ahead, and plans to leave it all out on the field.
Concerning national security, President Obama declared that the U.S. will continue to lead a global coalition against ISIS, that we will defeat the terrorist organization, and that they’ve lost 40 percent of their territory in Iraq. Our air campaign will continue, taking out leaders, commanders, and their forces.