Powell with some praise for President Obama
Link from The Hill. While reserved and still expressing that he expects more from our president in many areas, Colin Powell had some praise for President Obama and he called out Republicans for refusing to get specific on spending cuts ("Cutting funding for NPR will not cut the deficit.") In short, I got the sense he does not regret his vote for President Obama in 2008 and I think it would take a pretty amazing GOP candidate to make him alter his support for President Obama in 2012.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that President Obama, who received the Republican's endorsement in 2008, has lived up to his promise but still has "got a way to go."
"He hasn't achieved all of his purposes," Powell said on CNN's "State of the Union," while crediting Obama with stabilizing the economy, dealing with unemployment, reaching out to countries across the globe and taking on healthcare reform, "whether you agree with him or not."
"I hope we can fix whatever may be at fault with the bill that was passed," Powell said.
predicted that in Tuesday's State of the Union address, Americans will
want to hear how Obama is going to bring down the unemployment rate and
fix the economy "even more than he's fixed it already."
Powell said Obama had increased favorability ratings for the
U.S. around the world and that the president's "more youthful approach"
to international relations had proven "useful."
"It puts us in a better place to ask things of people and to listen to them," he said."America still has a dominant position in the world and I think President Obama understands that," Powell added.