President Obama said Wednesday he’s eager to move quickly to enact his second-term agenda, acknowledging that he has a severely limited time frame before the political world begins thinking about the next election cycle in 2014 and beyond.

Obama told a San Francisco television station that he wants to “get as much stuff done as quickly as possible.”

“Once we get through this year, then people start looking at the mid-terms and after that start thinking about the presidential election,” Obama said during a brief interview with KGO, an ABC affiliate. “The American people don’t want us thinking about elections, they want us to do some work. America is poised to grow in 2013 and add a lot of jobs as long as Washington doesn’t get in the way.”