WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — President Barack Obama’s former press secretary doesn’t believe his old boss had a 2013 to remember.
“No doubt about it, I would say this is the worst year of his presidency,” Robert Gibbs said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “It does beat out 2011.”
During Friday’s end-of-the-year press conference, Obama was asked by Associated Press reporter if 2013 had been the worst year of his presidency.
“That’s not how I think about it,” Obama first stated, later adding that his actions shouldn’t be measured in polls.
“[I]f you’re measuring this by polls, my polls have gone up and down a lot through the course of my career. I mean, if I was interested in polling, I wouldn’t have run for president,” Obama said. “I was polling at 70 percent was — 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 on it.
Republican strategist Ana Navarro joked that Obama will need to do his 2014 end-of-year press conference with a bottle of whisky to drown his sorrows away if next year was worse.
“If you’re an Obama supporter, friend, press secretary – you better hope this is the worst year of his presidency because if it gets any worse, next year’s press conference at the end of the year he’s going to have to do it holding a bottle of whisky on one hand and a box of Kleenex in the other,” Navarro said on “Meet the Press.”
Gibbs believes 2014 will be a better year for Obama, especially if the economy continues to grow.
“I will say this, if the economy continues to grow as we saw it grow in the third quarter at 4.1 percent, he might do that press conference with whisky celebrating the fact that the economic boom has really come back,” Gibbs said.