I took the job of President to deliver for American people: Barack Obama

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US President Barack Obama gestures during his year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington. (Reuters) US President Barack Obama gestures during his year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington. (Reuters)
SummaryUS President plays down the latest polls putting him at a low approval rating

Playing down the latest polls putting him at a low approval rating, US President Barack Obama said that he took "this job to deliver for the American people".

"I guess what I'm saying is if you're measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot through the course of my career. I mean, if I was interested in polling, I wouldn't have run for President," Obama said yesterday.

"I was polling at 70 per cent when I was in the US Senate. I took this job to deliver for the American people. I knew and will continue to know that there are going to be ups and downs on it," he said in response to a question.

Referring to the changes his administration brought, Obama said: "As long as I've got an opportunity every single day to make sure that in ways large and small I'm creating greater opportunity for people -- more kids are able to go to school, get the education they need; more families are able to stabilise their finances; the housing market is continuing to improve; people feel like their wages maybe are inching up a little bit -- if those things are happening, I'll take it."

"I've said before, I've run my last political race. So at this point, my goal every single day is just to make sure that I can look back and say we're delivering something – not everything, because this is a long haul," Obama said.

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