WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down.
Obama told reporters on Friday during his annual end-of-the year news conference, "That's not how I think about it."
Obama didn't spend any time brooding about tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout of his signature health care law or the pile of unfinished domestic priorities. Instead, he looked ahead to the promise of 2014 and predicted, in his words, "a breakthrough year for America."
The president joined his family on Air Force One Friday night for a Christmas vacation in his home state of Hawaii.