Even though President Barack Obama was the butt of the insensitive and inflammatory emails between Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, during his year-end news conference on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, he didn’t throw them under the bus. And he would have pulled out all stops if they would have contacted the White House before pulling the plug on The Interview.
In short he said, We can’t have a society where foreign dictators can impose censorship in the United States, when he spoke with reporters for 50 minutes following a round of 8 questions.
He even referenced the trending hashtags #SonyWeak and #BostonStrong, which is an example that Boston continued with their popular Marathon despite the 2013 terrorist attack.
“When we work together we can’t be stopped,” the President said as he summed up a conference that touched on subjects ranging from Congress and taxes to North Korea and China and even the state of Black America, a question raised by American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.
The President looked hopeful as he declared “I am energized,” in light of the fact that he’s spent the last seven weeks with a majority Republican Senate and House. And, he wasn’t short on patting his administration on the back citing the Treasury sold the last Wall Street and auto bailouts investment.
President Barack Obama claims an array of wins for the U.S. in 2014, including lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and the historic diplomatic opening with Cuba.
Obama and his family will depart for their annual holiday in Hawaii. He’s due back in Washington in early January.
He closed with this Hawaiian greeting, “Mele kalikimaka,” i.e. Merry Christmas.