President Barack Obama says he compliments Sarah Palin's political skills but hasn't consideration about the likelihood of facing her in the 2012 presidential election.
Obama acknowledges that Palin "has a burly base of hold up in the Republican Party," but says he spends most of his time listening carefully on being "the best possible president."
In a talk taped Wednesday with ABC's Barbara Walters, the president says that if he does a good job "the government will take care of itself."
Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, told Walters last week that she's allowing for a presidential run. When asked if she thought she could defeat Obama, the former Alaska governor replied, "I suppose so."