From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
In a press availability today, President Bush was asked about Jimmy Carter's recent criticisim of his presidency. Here's his response: "I get criticized alot from different quarters that's just part of what happens when you're president. I will continue to make decisions that I think are necessary to protect the American people from harm. I will continue to make decisions based upon certain principles one of which is my strong belief in the universality of freedom. We're at war with an enemy that's relentless and determined. its essential that the decisions I make protect the American people as best as we can."
"Look I understand some people may not agree with the decisions I make but the American people need to know I'm making 'em based on what's best for this country."
Bush was also asked about Alberto Gonzales. "He has got my confidence. He has done nothing wrong. There's be an enormous amount of attention on him. There's been no wrongdoing on his part. He has testified in front of Congress and I frankly view what's taking place in Washington today as pure political theater."