Obama says he doesn't think about race vs. Palin

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."

Full story