(CNN) - In his last news conference of 2013, President Barack Obama answered questions on the Affordable Care Act, including the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov as well as his health care promise that won Politifact's "Lie of the Year."
The President also talked about the NSA's controversial surveillance program, a congressional push for additional sanctions on Iran, and his New Year's resolution.
Obama says 2013 wasn't worst of presidency
A CNN panel, hosted by Wolf Blitzer, anchor of "The Situation Room," weighed in on Obama's end-of-the-year remarks.
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King said the President is "0 for 2013 in terms of what he wanted to accomplish from a policy standpoint."
"And yet, when many Democrats would look at the glass as half empty or three quarters empty. The President there, Wolf, at least tried to end the year by saying I think it's at least half full.
"He hopes the economy in 2014 makes for better political circumstances. He hopes people view the healthcare law a lot better six months from now than they do today."
"One last footnote, if Edward Snowden was expecting a hint that he might get amnesty as a Christmas present from the President... no."
Crossfire co-host Van Jones, a Democrat and a former green jobs official in the Obama administration, said the President at this news conference was like "Muhammad Ali doing the rope-a-dope."
"He was tired. He was laying on the ropes. His main goal, I think, today was to get through that press conference and get on that airplane and not cause himself any problems. He did that."
"But there is good news in what he said. I think we've been really focused on some of these down sides. Listen, the economy is growing. They had to revise the numbers up four percent - he pointed that out."
"Unemployment: good. Fuel prices: low. We're focusing on the bad stuff. In the background, good stuff is accumulating. I think the President pointed that [out]. Took some blows and got out of there."
Crossfire co-host Newt Gingrich, 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former speaker of the House, said "it was sort of an Eisenhower-quality press conference..."
"...which he managed to obfuscate and obscure whatever he needed to avoid getting in trouble on. And I think I would've been proud of him."
During the press conference, Obama said he would not negotiate on the debt ceiling.
Gingrich said the President's "learned nothing" from previous debt ceiling negotiations.
"I mean, this is really embarrassing...The idea that you end the year the way you started the year by saying, I'm an imperial president. I expect you to do what I want you to do. We're not going to negotiate. It's just dumb."