here's full NYT report on what he said about the two key issues I've been following most closely, Syria intervention and NSA snooping. One tidbit I noted: Rose twice asks Obama if the FISA court has EVER turned down a request--he refused to answer but remarks make clear answer is No.
"The White House hoped to use the interview to calm concerns about the
surveillance programs, and Mr. Obama emphasized that intelligence
agencies were not listening in on Americans’ telephone calls without
court orders. A new CNN/ORC International poll suggested that many
Americans were uncomfortable with his handling of surveillance, and in
the wake of several recent controversies, his approval rating had
slipped to 45 percent from 53 percent."