Rebuilding the battered economy is the next battle, Obama says

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a speech from the Oval Office that his drawdown of forces in Iraq will provide resources to jump-start the economy and improve the lives of ordinary Americans, who he said have been shortchanged. "We must unleash the innovation that allows new products to roll off our assembly lines and nurture the ideas that spring from our entrepreneurs," he said. "This will be difficult. But in the days to come, it must be our central mission as a people and my central responsibility as president."

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