Gonzales received a standing ovation and someone in the crowd shouted out 'welcome home.'
"For many of us getting to where we are today sometimes involved traveling bumpy roads, I'm traveling a bumpy road these days. But we all know what's really important and that is the privilege to serve."
Gonzales is under pressure to resign over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. He did not take any questions from the media while in town. In addition to his public speaking engagements, Gonzales had dinner with his mother in his childhood home. He says he's recalling encouraging words his father shared with him as a child when working on difficult projects. He's using those words today.
"In the past few weeks I've gotten hundreds of letters and emails and telephone calls from family and friends saying that they were praying for me and they were supporting me. I can't tell you how much that has meant to me and my family. And invariably in those calls they would ask, how is this going to work out, is this going to work out, and I would say to them, it has to work out."
Gonzales says moving forward he's going to remain focused on his job. Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.