Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama's approval rating is stuck in the mid-to-high 40s, still higher than George W. Bush at this stage of his presidency. But pressure is growing for the first African- American president to finally weigh in heavily on racial tension.

"President Obama's approval numbers hold steady at about a 46 percent average. But again there was mixed news for the president.

"Numbers of jobless applications are at their lowest level in 15 years, there are fewer Americans being laid off, and the unemployment rate is at a human scale 5.5 percent. Yet, GDP growth for the first quarter was unexpectedly sluggish. Still, new polling shows Americans feeling a tad more confident about the economy than not.

"The specter of America's race problem hangs over the nation as we watch very sad events unfold in Baltimore and spread to cities like Philadelphia. On one hand, progress and rising expectations, on the other a palpable rage and a state of denial. Many Americans look to the first African-American president to address this problem. That is real pressure.

"Meanwhile, Iran stops an American ship in international waters. Nothing comes easy."

Grade — C

Same as last week's C