Obama says his presidency has had 'at least 15 near-death experiences'

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President Obama has gone through "ups and downs" in 2013, but he won't go so far as to call it the worst year of his presidency.

"We have had ups and we have had downs. I think this room has recorded at least 15 near-death experiences," Obama said at a White House news conference, referring to how reporters have characterized his year. "There are areas where there have obviously been some frustrations, where I wish Congress had moved more aggressively."

For instance, Obama lamented the failure to pass gun control legislation after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, but said he takes comfort in the fact that "because of the debate that has occurred, all of the work that has been done at state levels."

He also said that he has some hope that the House of Representatives will pass immigration reform legislation in 2014, after the Senate passed a bill in 2013.

"The fact that it didn't hit the timeline that I prefer is frustrating," Obama said.

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