December 20th, 2013
08:19 PM ET

Obama's biggest mistake of 2013: "We screwed up" the health care rollout

President Obama, along with his family, left Washington Friday for the holidays, leaving behind a tough year of all-time low approval ratings, a botched healthcare rollout and a government snooping scandal.

But before the president left town, he held his last press conference of 2013.

Obama says 2013 wasn't worst of presidency

His first question out of the gate.

JULIE PACE, AP: "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?"

BARACK OBAMA: [laughs] I have to tell you Julie, that is not how I think about it. I have now been in office close to five years. I was running for president for two years before that, and for those of you who covered me during that time we have had ups and we have had downs. I think this room has probably recorded at least 15 near-death experiences and what I’ve been focused on each and every day is are we moving the ball in helping the American people, families, have more opportunity and have a little more security, to feel as if, if they work hard can they get ahead.

OutFront: Sean Spicer, Communications Director for the Republican National Committee, Ben Lablt, Press Secretary for Obama's 2013 campaign, and A.B. Stoddard, the Associate Editor of "The Hill."

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