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December 20th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

Roundtable: Obama's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

(CNN) - President Barack Obama would probably like nothing more than to take a knee and run out the clock on what's been – to put it kindly – a challenging year.

To put it less kindly, you could call it – in a nod to Judith Viorst's famous children's book – "Barack Obama and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year."

But before the President could say Aloha to Washington, and Aloha to Hawaii – where the first family will be vacationing for the next 16 days – he took part in the unofficial tradition of a year-end presidential news conference.

This year, Obama watched as his administration fumbled the roll out of HealthCare.gov, the public learned of the massive extent of the NSA's reach thanks to damaging leaks, the IRS controversy unfolded, the administration's handling of the ongoing crisis in Syria was criticized, the list goes on.

So Obama may have been expecting the first question he got today from the Associated Press: "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?"

"That's not how I think about it," Obama replied, with a laugh. "I look at this past year, there are areas where they have obviously been frustrations, where I wish Congress would've moved more aggressively. ... If you're measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot, through the course of my career."

The latest CNN/ORC poll, showing his approval rating at 41%, which matches the all-time low for him in CNN/ORC polling.

CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, USA Today's Washington bureau chief Susan Page, and CNN "Crossfire" host Van Jones discuss.

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