"He walked in that door and he's president. Yeah, that historic thing is there. But he's our president," she said. "He's facing the same problems that Hillary [Clinton] would have faced if she walked into the door or the same thing that George W. Bush or the other white guys for 200 years have faced."
"When I see him doing things as president," she said, "I don't see him as a black president."
Whether Obama would be able to please both the white and black communities has been continuous fodder for his opponents from the moment he emerged as a viable presidential candidate. At one point during the Democratic primaries,some wondered whether Obama was "black enough."
"I think that's an insulting and absurd question," Jackson said. ""No one ever asks the question -- white enough."
Though color of Obama's skin will always be perhaps his most distinguishing physical characteristic, black leaders say hope conservatives will eventually concede the seemingly unending need to call attention to the divide between blacks and whites.
His efforts to turn the country around in the midst of two wars and the biggest economic crisis in generations are for the benefit of everyone.
"Ultimately it's more about direction than complexion," Jackson said. "The success of his presidency is intertwined with the destiny of the nation."