In the traditional pre-Super Bowl interview, President Barack Obama discussed the Chicago Bears, beer, snacks and politics from the White House kitchen with “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie.
Obama touted his economic policy vision set forth in his State of the Union address last week, dismissed the notion they were irrelevant because the Republican Congress wouldn’t not pass them and emphasized why they were important for the middle class.
“What I’d like to see is that not only that the economy continues to grow, but that everybody’s benefiting,” Obama said. “When you travel around the country you see incredibly hard-working folks. They’re doing the right thing, they’re looking after their families, but they haven’t seen as much wage and income growth as they should have, given high the stock market’s gone, how well corporate profits are doing. If we can make sure growth is coming from the middle class up, everybody’s benefitting from the hard work they’re putting in.”
“We’ve made progress coming off the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes,” he continued. “We’re now back in a really strong position. I just want to make sure that, in two years when we look back, we’ll say not only have we recovered from that crisis, but actually we’ve built the kind of foundation that ensures America does well for generations to come.”
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