December 20th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
4 months ago

How'd he do? CNN panel weighs in on Obama's year-end news conference

(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."


Filed under: John King • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Van Jones
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    LOL...and CNN is still avoiding reporting on the fact that he confirmed over 500,000 people have enrolled via the federal exchange website in the first 3 weeks of December (i.e., start counting the states' too, especially CA which is doing 15K+ per day and you get a really big number). Keep that website nontroversy alive CNN.

    December 20, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Google this: "Jim Crow 2.0? Why States Consider and Adopt Restrictive Voter Access Policies", read the scientific study in the Cambridge Journals that uses empirical data to show beyond any doubt that what the GOP/Teatrolls have been doing to our electoral and voting systems is, in fact, "basically all racial."

    December 20, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Smitty

    All our pres did was the old spin. Didn't answer questions blamed others. Jones said he just wanted out of there, well I Agree, I think most of America wants him out and yes its OBAMACARE.

    December 20, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Absolutely nothing wrong with Obama, wrong lies with uneducated junk and GOP thugs in USA. He is the best and smart president. Stock market is proof. ACA is a Law. Period, put up or shut up.

    December 20, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. ladies first

    To justify the facts There are many transparent oversights that have taken place since his presidental years he's held office. Enjoy the ride it will be ending soon!

    December 20, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Jason Seneker

    He is the worst President the country has ever had. He clearly was not fit to lead having never built, managed or led. Today he pardoned 9 Crack Felons before he left to Hawaii for 17 days. He is a disgrace to our country and a laughing stock to other country's. Everything the man has done has been detrimental to out country! I could care less the color of his skin, I am judging him on his successes and I can't find ONE!

    December 20, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. neutral observer

    Wait until 2014 comes to pass. He lied about "keeping your doctor", wait until the shoe drops on lies about there being no death panels, or heath rationing, or long waits for previously trivial tests. And remember everyone, the biggest issue prior to the election was whether sleep around sally could get free bc. Well she can now do the basketball team yet you will have to wait a year to get a life saving catscan Sure hope it was worth it..

    December 20, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. Evergreen

    Newt thinks the President should negotiate so just some of the nation's bills get paid. The President wants to pay all of the nation's bills. So, what will get paid? Who will be the winners and who will be the losers?

    December 20, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Kanageloa

    Heck, Jimmy Carter is looking pretty good right now. At least JC had integrity. Probably comes with some experience in leading.

    December 20, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. notfooled

    Liar of the year, we would be better off if he stayed on vacation for the net 3 years.

    December 20, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. joe

    grading his remarks? F

    December 20, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Bud

    Leave it to Jones comparing Obama to Ali. Both fakes yet worshiped for their mastery. Sonny Liston took a dive and lived the rest of his life on the championship-ending bribe from Don King. It wasn't Ali's fault, just as it's not Obama's fault he was elected. It was out of both their hands and bigger than both of them.

    December 20, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. i'malib

    All I know is i am still waiting for my free health care and 2500 dollar rebate. And another free phone. obama rocks.

    December 21, 2013 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  14. just saying

    nothing new... just the same old lies we've been hearing for 5 years now. yyyaaaaawwwnnnnn.....
    i guess he thinks if he repeats them often enough, the american people will start to believe me.
    the polls say that is not happening. yet he continues his lies.

    December 21, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  15. bassman

    It only took five years before or media finally asked Pres. Obama some tough questions. How did he do? Danced around them, of course.

    December 21, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  16. bassman

    President Obama says he isn't interested in polling. Proves it by citing poll from 6 years ago that had him at high approval.

    December 21, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  17. Anonymous

    It is always amusing to watch the credibility of the person being discussed (Obama) by a panel of those whose own credibility is polling lower than that of the person being discussed (media).

    December 21, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |