WASHINGTON D.C.--Despite a series of setbacks, President Barack Obama says he's not brooding about 2013. At an end-of-the-year news conference today, Obama said that as long as the economy is improving and he's helping families, he's OK. His approval rating has been at record lows recently. Obama acknowledged that his health care law hasn't worked the way it should have, and that he's frustrated that he didn't get the legislative reforms he wanted on issues including gun control and immigration.
He's still defending the government's surveillance programs, but President Barack Obama is suggesting he may be ready to make some changes in the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, to ease the public's privacy concerns. Obama said he has not yet made any decisions about the National Security Agency's collection programs. But on the collection of phone records, he said there may be "another way of skinning the cat." One reform could be to stop the practice of government storing phone records for five years and shift that storage to phone companies.