Nightly News   |  December 20, 2013

Obama looks to 2014 after a particularly difficult year

During his last press conference of the year, President Obama tried to sell the idea that 2014 will be a better year for him, the country and the economy . NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>> you can include president obama in the millions of americans getting away tonight for their holiday vacation . the first family is heading for hawaii. before he left the president held his last news conference of the year. a long one to close the book on a tough year. political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd was there. he joins us tonight from the white house . hey, chuck.

>> reporter: hey, lester. from the first words he uttered it was clear the president wasn't just looking forward to the hawaii vacation but getting this entire year in the rear-view mirror. he was peppered with questions about low poll numbers and was asked if he believed this was the worst year of his presidency. there were questions he deflected. instead he tried to sell the idea that 2014 will be a better year for him, the country, and the economy in particular. he did hint he was going to reform how the nsa gathers phone and internet data but he didn't announce anything official. his most substantive answers were on health care . he called the website roll out his biggest mistake of the year but defended the changes his administration continues to make arguing they do not under mine the credibility of the law. bottom line, and we can all relate to this, the president had that "it's my last day before vacation, and i can't wait to leave" demean nor about him.