Biden and his wife Jill wish Americans a Happy New Year and call for unity

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden conveyed a New Year’s address on Sunday December 31st at night, highlighting the strides made in job creation in 2023 as President Biden looks toward his potential reelection bid in 2024. During an exclusive interview with Ryan Seacrest, President Biden shared his aspirations for the upcoming year, expressing his desire for everyone to enjoy a New Year that is not only joyful but also marked by good health and safety.

Reflecting on the achievements of the past year, President Biden underscored the significance of job creation, emphasizing a sentiment passed down by his father. “One of the big highlights that stands out for me is my dad used to have an expression. He’d say, ‘Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity, it’s about respect,'” President Biden conveyed during the pre-recorded interview, broadcast on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

Beyond the economic aspects, President Biden conveyed his optimism about the United States’ global leadership, asserting, “And beyond that, I hope that they understand that we’re in a better position than any country in the world to lead the world. And we’re coming back, and it’s about time.”

When asked about his standout memories from 2023, President Biden celebrated the substantial job creation, stating, “People are in a position to be able to make a living now, and they’ve created a lot of jobs for over 14 million.” He expressed satisfaction that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Americans are resilient and on the path to recovery.

The pre-recorded interview, conducted by Ryan Seacrest, was featured on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” just hours before the East Coast welcomed the arrival of 2024. Notably, Seacrest has interviewed the Bidens for the New Year’s special for the past four years.

First Lady Jill Biden echoed the positive sentiments in her portion of the interview, advising viewers to “be positive, be optimistic, and be kind to one another,” drawing from her experiences as an educator.

Speaking from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where the Biden family was celebrating New Year’s, the first couple’s optimistic message encapsulated their belief in the resilience and strength of the American people. The interview, recorded on Saturday, provided a glimpse into the Bidens’ reflections on the past year and their hopes for the future, as shared by the White House.

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