PBS "NewsHour," with video (18:58):
MR. LEHRER: Mr. President, welcome.Howie P.S.: Using these remarks today, Al Giordano defends Obama from the charge by Chris Bowers, Matt Stoller and Christina Siun O'Connell during the campaign that he would leave troops in Iraq indefinitely.
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you so much for having me, Jim.
JIM LEHRER: You have just been with 2,000 U.S. Marines. Some have been in harm's way, some are about to go in harm's way, Iraq or Afghanistan, under orders from you as the commander in chief. Was this difficult for you this morning?
JIM LEHRER: And in a word, you feel like you're clicking now?
BARACK OBAMA: Well, I - I feel like our team is making very good decisions based on the best possible information we have and the - and the best options available to us. And that's all I can ask of myself or of them is that we're making the best decisions based on what is good for the American people. And this is a human enterprise, it's not going to be flawless, but - but I think that - I think it's fair to say that you haven't seen an administration who's had to come in and juggle this much stuff of such large import this quickly and we're getting a lot of stuff done under that kind of pressure and, and I'm very proud of the team and what we've done so far.
JIM LEHRER: Mr. President, thank you very much.
BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. Great to talk to you, Jim.