WATCH: Obama's New Year's Resolution: Fix the Economy

President Obama posted his weekly address today, laying out his major goal for 2011: fixing the economy.

Said the president:

At the start of 2011, we’re still just emerging from a once-in-a-lifetime recession that’s taken a terrible toll on millions of families.  We all have friends and neighbors trying to get their lives back on track. 

We are, however, riding a few months of economic news that suggests our recovery is gaining traction.  And our most important task now is to keep that recovery going. As President, that’s my commitment to you: to do everything I can to make sure our economy is growing, creating jobs, and strengthening our middle class. That’s my resolution for the coming year.

With the GOP having just won the House majority, largely on a platform of fiscal responsibility, Obama knows the economy will be a critical issue in the 2012 elections. Obama vowed to work with Republicans to achieve that goal (for whatever that's worth).

In a few days, a new Congress will form, with one house controlled by Democrats, and one house controlled by Republicans – who now have a shared responsibility to move this country forward. And here’s what I want you to know: I’m willing to work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea and the commitment to see it through. And we should all expect you to hold us accountable for our progress or our failure to deliver.

Watch the president's remarks here:

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 1, 2011, 8:45am

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