Monday Morning Politics: The Year in Obama

Monday, December 30, 2013

US President Barack Obama answers a question during a town hall meeting at Binghamton University, on August 23, 2013 in Binghamton, New York. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty)

At his final press conference of 2013, the first question asked of President Obama was "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, assesses whether it's possible to judge that question, looks back at the year in Obama, what to expect from 2014.


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Comments [4]

"Conservative talk radio"?

Don't you mean, "/Republican/ talk radio"?

"Today, many politicians and pundits who call themselves conservatives seem to stand for something else: war, every man for himself, and endless deficits and debt." -

Dec. 31 2013 07:05 AM

dizzy5 is right.

Dec. 30 2013 01:16 PM

The worst 2 hours on WNYC. UNLISTENABLE. Sounds like over-caffeinated twerps at Sbux jabbering about "Glee" on their mobile. Neither Smith, Bergin or the host can speak grown-up radio-ready, LISTENABLE English. ", so, y'know, in terms of, yeah-no-I mean, sorta, kinda, I guess kinda, in terms of... > CLICK<...Hellooo, 'FAN.

Dec. 30 2013 12:05 PM

This concept of year to year 'grade' is a ruse to pump up GOP chances for the coming election. The GOP hope is to plant a feeling of weltschmerz among the voters and take the spotlight off of their own extra-constitutional power grab. It's cynical and I am not going to fall for it.

Neither the blown website roll-out or the President's overstatement about being able to 'keep your doctor'/'like your plan' will matter in the long run. We need to pass through Obamacare 1.0 so that more citizens will push for Medicare for All. Once we get that, the private insurance companies can cover the bulge between what is medically necessary and prudent and what the market actually wants to have covered.

This will maximize national health and happiness with the coverage available. Can costs go down with someone else watching the spending? Probably not.

Dec. 30 2013 10:20 AM

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