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December 19th, 2014
06:52 PM ET

Panel: Upbeat Obama holds final press conference of the year

(CNN) - Like most of the American people, President Obama today seemed all set to put his office in the rear view mirror and get out of town for some vacation.

In the first family's case, in a few hours that will mean a stroll across the White House South Lawn onto Marine One then to Air Force One and off to Hawaii.

But whereas you and I have to go through grumbling TSA agents submitting our bags and shoes to inspection, presidents subject themselves to full-on probes from the White House press corps.

Today, he began by bullet pointing his achievements, but in between laying out the playbook for what he called his "fourth quarter" in office.

The president was asked about North Korea, Cuba, race relations and more.

CNN political commentators Stephanie Cutter and Ana Navarro, and the Washington's Post associate editor David Maraniss, join "The Lead" to discuss it all.

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