- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Americans are judging him by the job he’s doing, not the color of his skin.

Questioned about race at a prime-time news conference Tuesday, Obama said the American people are assessing his ability as chief executive based on his skills and work. He said that’s the way he should be judged.

He said there was justifiable pride in January when he was inaugurated as the first black president. He said that step beyond the nation’s searing legacy of racial discrimination lasted about a day.

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