03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Met With Journalists Before West Point Speech: 'Americans Are Right To Be Concerned'

Obama, speaking with a group of columnists and reporters at a White House lunch today, conceded that Americans "are right to be concerned" about the additional expense of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. "But that's not how I make decisions. If I were basing my decisions on polls, then the banking system might have collapsed and you probably wouldn't have GM or Chrysler, and it's not clear that the economy would be growing again."

...The hour-long discussion was on the record, but we attendees agreed to embargo the content...

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