"This picture was taken right as the helicopter was having some problems … that's what it feels like because I remember Hillary [Clinton] putting her hand over her mouth at that point," Obama said in an interview on "Rock Center With Brian Williams" set to air Wednesday night. "There's silence at this point inside the room."
Secretary of State Clinton told Williams that "that's the way I usually look when my husband drags me to an action movie."
Obama sat down with Williams in the White House Situation Room to mark the one-year anniversary of bin Laden's death. The setting for the interview, along with an Obama campaign ad that suggested Republican Mitt Romney wouldn't have made the decision to target bin Laden, has led to some GOP criticism of Obama's use of the anniversary.
“The killing of Osama bin Laden was a momentous day for all Americans and the world, and Gov. Romney congratulated the military, our intelligence agencies and the president,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “It’s sad to see the Obama campaign seek to use an event that unified our country to once again divide us, in order to try and distract voters’ attention from the failures of his administration."