In a new sit-down interview with Barbara Walters, President Obama suggested that while he respects Sarah Palin’s political skills, he’s a bit too busy to pay her much attention.
Obama said he is not giving much thought to the 2012 election. When asked if he thinks he could beat Sarah Palin in 2012, he replied, “I don’t think much about Sarah Palin.”In an earlier interview with Walters, Palin had indicated that she was considering a presidential run. When asked, “If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?” Palin responded, “I believe so.”
In his own interview, the president went on to say:
Obviously Sarah Palin has a strong base of support in the Republican Party and I respect those skills. But I spend most of my time right now on how I can be the best possible president. And my attitude has always been, from the day I started this job that if I do a good job and if I’m delivering for the American people the politics will take care of itself.
The interview, which also included first lady Michelle Obama, is set to air Friday, November 26.