Friday, December 18, 2015

Obama's Year-End Press Conference

President Barack Obama closed his next-to-last year in office with rare praise for congressional Republican leaders who helped orchestrate the bipartisan budget deal today, then vowed to work hard to beat the GOP and get a fellow Democrat elected to succeed him in the White House. Much of the press conference as well as Obama's final year in office is likely to focus on the campaign against the Islamic State group, which has destabilized Iraq and Syria while increasingly setting its sights on Western targets. Obama has faced withering criticism from Republicans, as well as some Democrats, for taking his approach to fighting the extremists--an approach he defended again today.
Pacifica's Emma Riley reports.