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.
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."