Obama: ‘I took this job to deliver for the American people’


Dec. 25, 2013

(CNN) – President Barack Obama rejects the contention that 2013 was the worst year of his presidency.

While polls show Obama’s approval rating at record lows for the five years of his presidency, he says his concern is whether things are getting better for the American people.

“I guess what I’m saying is, if you’re measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot through the course of my career,” the president said. “I mean, if I was interested in polling, I wouldn’t have run for president. I was polling at 70 percent when I was in the U.S. Senate. I took this job to deliver for the American people. And I knew, and will continue to know, that there are going to be ups and downs in it.”

Amid a failure to pass new gun control measures, a public rebuke to his proposal to strike Syria, leaks about the surveillance community, and the government shutdown, the President’s poll numbers took a beating, hitting his lowest point yet.

Even healthcare.gov went down just hours before the press conference, a grim reminder of the botched Obamacare rollout this fall.

“When you try to do something this big, and affecting this many people, it’s going to be hard,” the president said.

That, he said, was the biggest mistake he’s made this year. But he pointed out repeatedly that thousands of Americans are signing up successfully every day.

The president says, moving forward, 2014 needs to be a year of action.

“We’ve got work to do to create more good jobs, to help Americans earn the skills and education they need to do those jobs, and to make sure that those jobs offer the wage and benefits that let families build a little bit of financial security,” he said.

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  • amfil
    26 December 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply

    He is the greatest liar of 2013, everything he does is a failure…all bs