Here’s what POTUS had to say :
On the economy: The good news is, the economy clearly is getting stronger, things are getting better, our engines are revving louder. Unfortunately, there are a series of steps we could be taking to maintain this momentum and perhaps accelerate it…and- so far at least- in Congress we have not seen them willing or able to take those steps.
On working with Congress: I will not stop trying to work with both parties. When Congress returns new month, my hope is that instead of trying to pass partisan message bills…they’re going to come together.
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: It is heartbreaking to see what’s happening there. On one hand, Israel has the right to defend itself. On the other hand, because of the incredibly irresponsible actions of Hamas to house these rocket launches in the middle of civilian neighborhoods, we send up seeing people who have nothing to do with these rockets being hurt.
On resources at the border: We’ve run out of money. And we are going to have to reallocate resources in order to just make sure that some of the basic functions that have to take place down there … that those things get done.
On enhanced interrogation techniques after 9/11: In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values.
On the CIA report that got into hands of Senate staff: My hope is that this report will reminds us once again that the character of our country has to be measured in part not by what we do when things are easy, but what we do when things are hard.
On the crisis in Russia and Ukraine: Short of going to war, there are going to be some constraints in terms of what we can do if President Putin and Russia are ignoring what should be their long-term interests.