President Obama reflected on the growth of America in 2014 stating that the increase in 11 million more jobs, affordability of better healthcare, the lowering of oil and gas in light of increased oil/gas production he said of his hopes for an increasing economy:
‘The steps that we took early on to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. All told, over a 57-month streak, our businesses have created nearly 11 million new jobs. Almost all the job growth that we’ve seen have been in full-time positions. Much of the recent pickup in job growth has been in higher-paying industries. And in a hopeful sign for middle-class families, wages are on the rise again.’
Speaking on manufacturing and the increased oil and gas production rate the President said :
‘American manufacturing have helped fuel its best stretch of job growth also since the 1990s. America is now the number-one producer of oil, the number-one producer of natural gas. We’re saving drivers about 70 cents a gallon at the pump over last Christmas. And effectively today, our rescue of the auto industry is officially over. We’ve now repaid taxpayers every dime and more of what my administration committed, and the American auto industry is on track for its strongest year since 2005.’
Leaders within the G8 Summit, meeting in France this week have agreed that it is time for Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi must now step down as leader. The latest voice for this was Russia who have previously criticised NATO’s involvement in the campaign to oust the leader and protect the rebel disenting forces loyal to Gadafi – Russia has said that Col. Gadafi has lost all legitimacy as a leader of his country where many want him to give up power.
The G8 leaders have also expressed concern over Syria’s treatment of protesters against it’s own Government. \A communication has now been issued to the press following the 2 day event that expresses concern over both countries future. The wording in the communication is strong it says:”Gaddafi and the Libyan government have failed to fulfil their responsibility to protect the Libyan population and have lost all legitimacy. He has no future in a free, democratic Libya. He must go.”
President Barack Obama made it clear during rthe summit that the allied military forces already deployed in Libya will remain to “finish the job”.
President Obama visited Ireland today and gave an address to the people of Dublin.
Earlier he also visited the small irish town of Moneygall where his Great Grandfather lived before emigrating to America in 1850, and sampled a pint of Guinness in the local public house in the town. During his visit to the capital he met with the Irish President Mary MacAlees and also met with the Irish premier (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny to discuss among other things Northern Ireland and the Republics progress in the peace process.
He is now the seventh president since the 1960s to visit Ireland. His address in Dublin was delivered to over a thousand people outside Trinity College where President Clinton gave a address in 1995, he said remarking on how he descended from Ireland
“Hello Dublin! Hello Ireland! My name is Barack Obama of the Moneygall Obamas, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way” he also made a comment to the peace process and how it was a model for other current situations in the world that “You, the Irish people, persevered and you cast your votes and you made your voices heard for that peace and you responded heroically when it was challenged”