December 20th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama says 2013 wasn't worst of presidency

Updated 2:50 p.m. ET, 12/20/2013

Washington (CNN) - Citing economic progress and other achievements, President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the contention that 2013 was the worst year of his presidency.

Polls show Obama's approval rating at record lows for the five years of his presidency, but he told reporters at a year-end news conference that his concern is whether things are getting better for the American people.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Obamacare website down – and back up"

    It's a wonder you guys aren't embarrassed for yourselves that we have to ridicule you into doing the right thing.

    December 20, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, dear. GOPerville's doom and gloom negativity is quite strong on the ticker today.

    December 20, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Rusty Krus

    Obama says 2013 wasn't worst of presidency
    This guy simply cannot stop telling LIES!!!

    Donna, I once had an uncle like you. People would never invite him to parties and they would cringe when he showed up at holidays unannounced.

    December 20, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The President said "his concern is whether things are getting better for the American people".

    I believe him, and that's why I will continue to support him. He has been maligned, called reprehensible names,
    and from Day 1, the Republicans have done nothing but distort, disrupt, and destroy everything that has
    been suggested.
    They don't care if "things are getting better" fact, they hope they don't.

    So, Merry Christmas to President Obama and his family, and......
    the same to all of you in Tickerland.

    December 20, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. freedom

    Always thinking of himself only. It was a very bad year for America! That's who you're serving. So, that means it is a very bad year for your presidency. period.

    December 20, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Donna – did you read that Boehner won the Aaron Burr award for 2013?

    December 20, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Face The Facts

    2013 has been a good year. President Obama was sworn in for a second term. Unemployment is down, the price of gas is down, the stock market is up, and millions of Americans now have health insurance.

    December 20, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. CryBabies

    The website being "up" is not the problem..When its down is unaaceptable. So why would CNN or any other media report on a non-problem?

    December 20, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, I don't know, CNN. On a happy scale of 1-10, I suspect Republicans register a -10.
    And, yeah. I can totally understand why you would want to moderate such comments made by me.

    December 20, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Me


    Wishing a Merry Christmas to all ...
    Thank you, and same to you Lynda!

    December 20, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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