Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that there was "no doubt" that 2013 had been the worst year of President Obama's presidency.
The former Obama spokesman and aide said that the president's stumbles were particularly magnified because they came following his reelection.
"Especially given sort of where he started, the fact that the first year of his second term was historically the most productive of the second term," Gibbs said.
Still, Gibbs expressed optimism that promising economic indicators could give the president a boost in the remaining three years of his presidency.
"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 whiskey, celebrating the fact that the economic boom has really come back," he said.
During the president's year-end press conference on Friday, his first question was on whether 2013 had been the worst year of his presidency.
Obama respond by saying he didn't evaluate his success that way.