President Bush acknowledged that Americans are concerned about job security, health care and retirement but maintained that the U.S. economy remains strong.
"There's a variety of reasons why people are uncertain," Bush said in a taped interview with CNBC's Maria Bartimoro. "But when they take a hard look at the statistics--and the reality--I hope it brings them some comfort to know this economy is strong and is setting all kinds of records."
The president also said:
-- He was "glad" that the UAW and General Motors were able to reach a new contract agreement "in an expeditious way."
--He continues to worry about trade protectionism, though he said he "understands" that people are worried about losing their job. But he reiterated that free trade is good for the economy and the consumer.