Meet the Press   |  December 22, 2013

End-of-year-press conference in review

A Meet the Press roundtable discusses the president's end-of-year press conference and whether 2013 was the worst year of Obama's presidency.

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>> explore. obamacare and the crisis over the government's spine program, but i'm going to start with my roundtable this morning and get some thoughts on a question that was asked the president at the end of the year news conference. was this the worst year of his presidency, 2013 ? e.j.?

>> no, i think 2007 was the worst year. they had to back off the shutdown. the change in the republican party is the biggest thing this year, and that's why 2014 could be a year of action.

>> a breakthrough year, the president says, ana.

>> if you're a friend, supporter, secretary, you better hope this is the best year, because if it gets any worse, he'll have to celebrate the new year next year with a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a box of kleenex in the other.

>> health care rollout and the government shutdown , the president looked the worst this year.

>> this is a test of the government solving a big societal problem. that's what he took on. that is the big project of his presidency.

>> no doubt about it. it does beat out 2011 . but -- well, and especially given where he started, the fact that the first year was better than the second, the second more productive. he might do that press conference with whiskey celebrating the fact that the economic boom has really come.

>> we'll talk about the economy, we'll talk more about obamacare.