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Obama Explains Why There's 'Nowhere To Go But Up' After Early Obamacare Troubles

11/30/2013 11:50 am ET

Two months removed from the rocky launch of his signature health care legislation, President Barack Obama explained Friday why there's "nowhere to go but up."

In an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters aired hours ahead of his administration's self-imposed deadline to fix HealthCare.gov, Obama exuded confidence and optimism that despite the early struggles, the health care law's value will eventually come to fruition.

"I continue to believe and [I'm] absolutely convinced that at the end of the day, people are going to look back at the work we've done to make sure that in this country, you don't go bankrupt when you get sick, that families have that security," Obama said. "That is going be a legacy I am extraordinarily proud of."

That Obama thought comes amid poll numbers showing that Americans find him to be neither honest nor trustworthy. A CNN/ORC survey released Monday found 53 percent falling in that category, marking the first time that a majority of Americans questioned Obama on that front.

With those doubts circulating through the public, Walters asked Obama Friday if he was worried he could not get things done because of that lack of support.

"Well, Barbara, if you remember I've gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said. "But the good thing about when you're down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up."

HuffPost Pollster's latest compilation of 87 surveys on Obama's job approval rating shows 52.9 percent of Americans are not pleased with his performance. That marks a five percent spike since May 2013, when there was an even mark between those approving (47 percent) and disapproving (47 percent) of his job.

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