Obama: I'll do whatever it takes to help improve the economy

President Obama vowed to bypass partisan roadblocks and do whatever it takes to implement his economic agenda during his weekly radio address.

"We’re starting 2012 with manufacturing on the rise and the American auto industry on the mend," Obama said, pointing to the addition of 200,000 jobs in December. "We’re heading in the right direction. And we’re not going to let up."

With the economy showing positive signs just as the Republican presidential primary contest begins in earnest, Obama emphasized the urgent need for continued federal action.

"Because this is a make or break moment for the middle class and all those working to get there," Obama said. "We’ve got to keep at it. We’ve got to keep creating jobs."

The president once again cited his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as evidence he was done tolerating the GOP's obstructionism.

"I nominated Richard for this job last summer. And yet, Republicans in the Senate kept blocking his confirmation – not because they objected to him, but because they wanted to weaken his agency," Obama said. "That made no sense."