U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday there are "good things happening in our economy," but "a reckless few" are undermining further recovery.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president said Americans are "rightly" more frustrated than ever with Washington, after the troubled launch of the Affordable Care Act and the federal government shutdown in October got most of the headlines in recent months.
"But if you look beyond those headlines, there are some good things happening in our economy," he said.
The president cited 7.8 million new jobs in the past 44 months, including 200,000 in October and 350,000 overall in the auto industry. He said the United States has become less dependent on foreign oil and "we've cut our deficits by more than half" during his administration.
Obama conceded the rollout of the ACA marketplace "has been rough," but said about 500,000 people are set to have health coverage beginning Jan. 1.
"Imagine how much farther along we could be if both parties were working together," he said. "Think about what we could do if a reckless few didn't hold the economy hostage every few months, or waste time on dozens of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act rather than try to help us fix it."
The president said he "look for any willing partners who want to help" promote economic growth.
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Original headline: Obama slams 'reckless few' on economic recovery
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