Number one is -- my most important priority is obviously keeping the American people safe. And I never lose sight of that. My second most important priority is making sure that we are rebuilding our economy, because we can't be strong abroad if we're not strong at home. And so I'm still spending a lot of time thinking about how do we fix our energy situation so that we don't go through this cycle of shock at $4 a gallon gas, and then suddenly trance when the prices go back down. But instead, have a steady, sustained energy policy that we're retraining our people to make sure that they're prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. You know, so I'm staying very focused on that. But in the meantime, what is true is, is that you know, my job is to is to manage problems and manage crises. And we've had more than our fair share. So I'm assuming that in future years things level out a little bit. But in the meantime, you know this is why I have to I have to do something about the bags under my eyes.
DIANE SAWYER: Someone pulled the Lincoln quote again, thinking of the immeasurable stresses awaited every day. About being on his knees sometimes, because he was in search of wisdom that -- his own wisdom was insufficient for the day.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I do a lot of praying. Absolutely. Every night, right before I go to bed. You know, and I am praying that -- I'm making the best possible decisions, and that I've got the strength to serve the American people well. And frankly as President of the United States, you know, your responsibilities extend beyond beyond our borders. And these decisions are difficult. Look, I think it's important to understand when -- when people look at a situation like Libya tend to recognize that there are no easy alternatives there. There are no, you know, smooth, painless options.
DIANE SAWYER: Going to be a rough ride ahead for --
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yeah. I mean, when that plane malfunctioned over Libya, thank goodness, we had pilots who had trained for that, we had a rescue. And search and rescue operation that we had already thought through before we went in and they're back home safe. But, you know, something could've gone wrong.
So in each of these instances, you make the best possible decisions based on an assessment of what's in the interest of the American people. I think on Libya, we've gotten it right. That doesn't make it easy. It just means that we've made the right decision for that moment. It means that on situations like Egypt -- you know, we've got to continually follow through and not take our eye off the ball there if -- if we can get the largest Arab country, Egypt, stable, a democracy, the economy's doing well, all those young people who were in Tehrir Square, suddenly see hope for the future and opportunity, that makes a huge difference for us. That could set a tone -- for how this Arab Spring plays itself. So none of this is going to be easy. But I remain confident that we're going to ultimately come out on the other side of this with a better world.
DIANE SAWYER: Just a final question. How much do you think Kentucky will win by?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: (LAUGHS) Diane, I --
DIANE SAWYER: I mean, at this point, we're really just looking at --
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I mean I will make this point. You know, a lot of folks focused on the fact that I filled out my bracket. Obviously, I hadn't been spending that much time studying it since I don't have anybody in the Final Four. (LAUGHS) Congratulations to Kentucky.
DIANE SAWYER: Thank you.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You're welcome.
DIANE SAWYER: Thank you, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: You bet.