President defends Obamacare, says 2013 wasn't bad year Staff
Posted: Dec 20, 2013 3:50 PM
President Obama on Friday dismissed criticisms that the botched rollout of Obamacare and other mishaps produced a lost year for the White House, brushing aside increasingly negative views of his presidency while insisting his administration could tackle big issues in his second term. In a sign of just how brutal 2013 has been for Obama politically, the president in his last news conference of the year was forced to assess whether the past 12 months was his worst stretch since taking office. "That's not how I think about it," Obama insisted, choosing to focus on a recent surge in Obamacare enrollments and a policy wish list stalled by gridlock on Capitol Hill. "If you're measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot," Obama added.