Obama took to the podium for his end-of-the-year news conference on Friday (Dec. 20). During his speech, the 44th president fielded questions from reporters and addressed his low polls, the economy, Obamacare, the nation’s “broken immigration system,” and the NSA surveillance program. The questions were tough for a president, some say, who just faced the toughest — or worst — year of his presidency.
Obama attempted to start things on the up. “In 2013 our businesses created another 2 million jobs, adding up to more than 8 million in just over the past 45 months,” he said, noting it was the “strongest pace in nearly two years.” Obama also said that the unemployment rate is at “its lowest point in five years,” and that deficits are less than half of what they were when he first took office. He ended by adding, “And I firmly believe that 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America.”
But then came the questions…
“Health care rollout obviously had huge problems, and your ratings from the public are near historic lows for you. When you take this all together, has this been the worst year of your presidency?” asked Julie Pace of AP.
Read his answer over at Vibe!
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