The tone of the questions were downright feisty, pressing the president on the lowness of his polling. "My question is, do you have any personal regrets?" Ed Henry of Fox News said, for example.You know he's had a bad year when he's lost Chris Matthews:
It didn't get brighter from there. "I probably beat myself up even worse than you or Ed Henry does on any given day," Obama said in response to the next question from ABC's Jonathan Karl. But the president won't admit that he's done, as the downward poll numbers might imply to some presidential critics. There are still three more years, and plus, he's eager to point out that much of the trouble in government over the last year stemmed from Congress. "You know, I think that hopefully folks have learned their lesson in terms of brinksmanship," he said.
After a question on what Obama's New Year's resolution is, the press conference began to sound something like an intervention or therapy session. "My New Year's resolution is to be nicer to the White House press corps," he said.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Worst Year Ever
President Obama's final press conference of the year didn't go so well: