"What's the most fun you've had since you've been here, besides talking to me?" Couric quipped.
"Well, seeing those astronauts was pretty cool because I remember those guys when I was a kid and sitting on my grandfather's shoulders in Hawaii and watching the astronauts come in and then to see them and shake their hands and listen to their stories. It was remarkable," President Obama said. The Apollo 11 astronauts were honored at a White House ceremony on Monday marking the 40th anniversary of the moon mission.
Mr. Obama then reflected on some of the personal stories that people have told him as he's traveled the country pushing his policies.
"The thing I probably enjoy most, though, is every time I have an opportunity to do a town hall meeting and I go out and I'm shaking hands and somebody tells me you know what, I kept health insurance that I had lost from my job because of the Recovery Act package that you passed or my clean energy company got started because you have emphasized that," he said. "Then you get a sense of ok, every once in a while what you're doing is actually making a difference and that is really encouraging."