Weekly addresses look ahead to 2012
December 31st, 2011
09:18 AM ET
11 years ago

Weekly addresses look ahead to 2012

(CNN) - In their weekly addresses Saturday, President Barack Obama and Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson looked back on the landmark legislative battles of 2011 while reminding listeners of the issues on the table in 2012.

Speaking from Honolulu, Obama said it was “good to see” Congress extend the payroll tax cut, and praised Americans for making their voices heard.

“It was only possible because you added your voices to the debate,” Obama said. “Through email and Twitter and over the phone, you let your representatives know what was at stake. Your lives. Your families. Your well-being. You had the courage to believe that your voices could make a difference. And at the end of the day, they made all the difference.”

Obama said that upcoming decisions by Congress and the White House would come to define the direction of the country.

“We’ve got some difficult debates and some tough fights to come,” Obama said. “As I’ve said before, we are at a make-or-break moment for the middle class. And in many ways, the actions we take in the months ahead will help determine what kind of country we want to be, and what kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to grow up in.”

In the weekly Republican address, Isakson identified specific measures he said would be the landmark legislative battles of the new year.

“In 2012, Republicans will continue to fight for much-needed tax reform for all American families and small businesses. It is critical if we want to see the economy grow in this country,” Isakson said.

He also listed tacking the federal debt and reforming regulation as Republican priorities for 2012, ones that couldn’t wait until a new Congress is sworn in following the November general election.

“As we enter into this New Year, many have predicted that Congress will be too consumed with the fall elections to accomplish anything significant,” Isakson said. “Americans cannot wait until after the November election. They need us to do our job and do it right now to create an economic climate that makes it easier to put people back to work. Republicans stand ready to do that.”

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Here's hoping that 2012 will be a better year for the President and for nation as a whole. Vote the teapublikans out of office!

    December 31, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Marty, FL

    American workers and a president standing strong for the middle class–Obama 2012!

    December 31, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As long as its the 99% that pay down the debt, the GOP will be happy. Repubes hate to see billionaires have to pay any more in taxes. Do you realize how difficult it would be for the Kochs to make only $24+ billion in profits instead of their $25 billion?

    December 31, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Yanni

    Happy New Year Mr. President

    December 31, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Obama is definitely NOT looking forward to 2012!

    December 31, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. gt

    i hope he gets his golf game down... but if he dont he will have alot of time to after next november to polish up...retired..

    December 31, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Marcus

    Jason – Stop saying the same stuff, word by word, in any story you post. Say something original if you want to be noticed, just 'Ctrl C' and 'Ctrl V' don't work...

    December 31, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. FIELD1stSGT

    There is no ahead with this sorry scoundrel in office. Wise up America this man wants and desires to take us down as per his orders from George Soros. If you don't believe do your research.

    December 31, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    ►They need us to do our job and do it right now to create an economic climate that makes it easier to put people back to work. Republicans stand ready to do that.”◄

    Well, the Republicans promised to do this after the 2010 election?
    What happened? Well for one, the Republicans moved into another direction
    They decided to campaign against Obama to make him a "one-term president"
    And they’ve been doing that since 2008 and none of it made any sense

    Now that we're rolling into the year when REAL campaigning should begin
    The Republicans now want to CREATE JOBS as if it was always their intention
    It’s so obvious who the corruptionists[sic] are and which side of society they’re from
    And it will be “obvious” now how much – they’ll stick out like SORE THUMBS?!!

    Obama 2012 – Happy New Year!!

    December 31, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. CAW in MD

    The proper economic deal is still on the table - take a vote on Bowles-Simpson. If "Republicans stand ready" to vote for Bowles-Simpson, then we can make some progress. If they are not, then they're grandstanding, as they have done all of 2011.

    December 31, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. george of the jungle

    gt are you a repressed golfer? and 1st sarg you you are a looney so go do some more research. Becaues the stuff you have done all comes from the far right and is know as fox propaganda. Happy new year Mr. President. It is going to get tougher but we will make our voices heard. Sick and tires of this congress. The lastest reports show an up turn in the economy already. I guess the repos will try and take credit. Now they will be kissing our butts to show how much they love the middle class. Vote Obama Biden 2012

    December 31, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |