Obama's year-end message to Americans: I'm not a lame duck

U.S. President Barack Obama departs at the conclusion of his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday. Before boarding Air Force One for a vacation in Hawaii, the president gave a year-end news conference with a spring in his step, buoyed by a surge in U.S. economic growth and newly confident after having stymied his Republican critics with unilateral actions on immigration and Cuba. …

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