President Barack Obama said Sony "made a mistake" when it pulled its release of "The Interview" — a comedic film depicting a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — after the company was hacked and received cyber threats. “We can't have a situation where some dictator influences speech in the United States," Obama said Friday during a year-end press conference. Addressing his recent decision to work towards restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, Obama said he shares "the concerns of dissidents" because "this is still a regime that represses its people," but he said "through engagement, we have a better chance of bringing about change." Of race relations in America, the president said there has been a "healthy conversation" in the wake of the Ferguson and Staten Island grand jury decision. And in his opening remarks, Obama touted America's economic gains, saying 2014 was "the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s."