President Barack Obama pauses during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Washington. Obama is telling Americans who voted for change: "I hear you." The president said the Republican victories Tuesday in the midterm elections are a sign they want Washington "to get the job done." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama declares ’14 a breakthrough year

President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been “a breakthrough year for America,” putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 mo…