Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that we should give President Obama credit for wading cautiously into the the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.

"The George Zimmerman trial was destined to be divisive and it still is. It does not look like it will generate the discussion on race that this nation sorely needs. In fact, quite the contrary as passions are heated on both sides. The first African American president will surely stay out of this.

"In the Senate -- thanks to Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain -- the path was cleared to confirm several Obama's appointments. That good sign was offset by GOP plans to delay and ultimately block implementation of Obamacare. The same with immigration reform.

"Not a great week to be president but I am adding a whole letter grade to his rating over last week's 'C-minus' because Congress is supposed to deliberate, debate, and legislate, not obstruct. So a president gets a victory because he is 'allowed' to exercise his constitutional duty to appoint judges and other federal positions?"

Grade -- B-


I am not inclined to change the grade this week because I believe President Obama's comments on the Zimmerman trial were tasteful and appropriate. His call for a national discussion on race, his interjection of his own personal experiences and arguments that 'protect and defend' must be reconsidered were modulated and sensitive. He has earned his B- for the week.

Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author of the forthcoming (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.