[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/31/art.obamanymessage.wh.jpg caption="A New Year's message from President Obama was posted on the White House blog Thursday afternoon."]Washington (CNN) - In a video posted to the White House blog Thursday afternoon, President Obama wished Americans a happy New Year.
"This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another," Obama said. "And while 2009 was difficult for many Americans, we must also look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us – that although our challenges are great, each of us has the courage and determination to rise up and meet them."
The video was recorded in Washington on December 22, before the first family left to vacation in Hawaii.