- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 29, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thomas Jefferson once described the presidency as “unceasing drudgery” and said the job caused him to lose friends daily.

Barack Obama doesn’t think he’s lost any friends since moving into the White House. But he does say he’s sure that he has strained some friendships.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Obama calls it “an invigorating job.” He says he feels fortunate to be leading the country at a time when _ in his words _ “the presidency really matters.”

Obama says “this is not a caretaker presidency right now.” He says every decision that his team is making counts _ and they know it.

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