In an interview with Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman, President Barack Obama stated, "I think America is poised to take off." The main obstacle, in Obama's mind, however, is political dysfunction.
"We're seeing pretty strong consumer confidence, despite weaknesses in Europe and even in Asia. I think America is poised to take off. And the question is, let's make sure that we don't have a self-inflicted wound, because there are a lot of silly games played up on Capitol Hill," Obama told Goldman.
The interview focused mainly on the economy. Obama pushed for tax hikes.
"So what I'm going to need, what the country needs, what the business community needs, in order to get to where we need to be, is an acknowledgment that folks like me can afford to pay a little bit higher rate. If we combine that with a tax reform process and entitlement reform, then we can get to a $4 trillion deficit reduction package that actually helps our economy grow, rather than weakens our economy, either in the short term or in the long term," said Obama.
Obama also praised the U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, when he was asked whether she'd be the next secretary of state.
"I'm going to make a decision about who's going to be the best secretary of state, given we've got a changing world, and there are great opportunities for the United States to show leadership around the world. There are a lot of challenges and dangers, as well. And I'm going to make sure that we've got a full national security team that can give me the best advice possible and do everything they can to keep the American people safe. And Susan Rice has done a great job as U.N. ambassador, but I haven't made a decision about secretary of state," said Obama.
And just as "America is poised to take off," according to Obama, "America actually is poised to be the world leader for another century, if we can fix some of this political dysfunction."
"The most important thing we can do for national security, though, is to get our economy on track," said the president. "And we are in a very strong position - as I travel around the world, it's fascinating. European leaders, Asian leaders, they all say to me, America actually is poised to be the world leader for another century, if we can fix some of this political dysfunction."