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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Colin Powell Not Endorsing Obama Again Unless Economy Improves; White House Responds

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‎"The Price Of Greatness Is Responsibility."
Winston Churchill

"You Cannot Escape The Responsibility Of Tomorrow By Evading It Today."
Abraham Lincoln

"The Definition Of Insanity Is Doing The Same Thing Over & Over Again, But Expecting Different Results."
Albert Einstein

‎4-Star General Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State & the most Powerful, BLACK Republican in America, Endorsed then Senator Barack Obama back in 2008.
Fast forward to 2012.

General Powell has Declined to Endorse pres. Obama again due to the long term troubled Economy.

The American People aren't Stupid!

We know that initially Pres. Obama Inherited a Bad Economy from George W. Bush, however that Excuse is NO longer Viable!

Its been 3 ½ Years & General Powell is Right.

Its time for people be Honest!

From January 2009 to January 2011 Pres. Obama & Congressional Democrats were in Full Control.

They could have easily passed Legislation to start all kinds of Jobs Programs just as Bill Clinton did when he was President.
However this did NOT happen.

Instead they pushed Health Care.

Pres. Obama & Congressional Democrats did NOT Focus enough on Stabilizing the entire U.S. Economy or to help Middle Class & Low Income People.
Only Wall Street & Rich People!

For the record Gen. Powell was NOT bashing Pres. Obama on TV.

He was merely offering Constructive Criticism just as Mayor Cory Booker was attempting to do last Sunday on "Meet The Press."

"“He stabilized the financial system, he brought about stability in the economy, (and) he fixed the auto industry. I think he took us out – not completely out – he took us out of the most difficult problem we were facing at that time, which was an economy that was collapsing. It’s improving, but not fast enough. His number one goal for the rest of this year, as it should’ve been for the whole four years, is to get the economy running again.”
Gen. Colin Powell, May 22, 2012

Colin Powell pauses on endorsing Obama

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that he’s not ready to endorse President Barack Obama’s reelection, as he’s also considering Mitt Romney, a “good man” he’s known for years.

“I don’t want to throw my weight behind somebody,” Powell, who endorsed Obama in 2008, said on NBC’s “Today Show.” “I feel as I private citizen I ought to listen to what the president says and what the president’s been doing.

But I also have to listen to what the other fellow says. I’ve known Mitt Romney for many years, good man.”

Powell said he “owe[s]” the Republican Party some consideration.

The former Bush administration official said that Obama had some substantial accomplishments, but that he wished the president had closed Guantanamo as promised.

“I think he has been [transformational]. Not completely. There are some things that he has done I wish he had not done, for example, leave Guantanamo open. I would have closed that rapidly. He tried, he was stopped by Congress,” said Powell. “He stabilized the financial system he brought about stability in the economy.

He fixed the auto industry.”

Despite these achievements, however, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff still declined to endorse the president.

“It’s not just a matter of whether you support Obama or Romney, it’s who they have coming in with them,” Powell said.

As for Afghanistan, Powell said upon reflection that “it was worth the sacrifice to give the Afghan people a chance at free government” but that “we have to draw the line at some point,” pointing towards the full withdrawal of American and NATO forces in 2014.

The retired four-star general was on NBC promoting his new book, “It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership.”

White House: Obama’s Record Should Impress Colin Powell

White House spokesman Jay Carney said he hopes that retired Gen. Colin Powell will endorse Mr. Obama again, particularly because of his work on national security — in remarks that came after Mr. Powell demurred when asked on NBC’s “Today” show if he was ready to back a candidate. Mr. Powell, a Republican, backed Mr. Obama in 2008, calling him a “transformational” candidate.

Mr. Carney said the president appreciated Gen. Powell’s support four years earlier. He said, “It’s up to him and every American to decide whom they will support going forward,” adding: “In the national security realm, which has, I think, particular resonance with General Powell, the president’s record has been judged to be exemplary by outside observers and commentators.”

Earlier, Mr. Powell praised Mr. Obama’s work in stabilizing the economy, but said it wasn’t improving quickly enough. He declined to say who he would endorse:

“[Mr. Obama] knows that I always keep my powder dry, as they say in the military. I feel as a private citizen I will listen to what the president says and what the president has been doing, but I also have to listen to what the other fella says. I’ve known Mitt Romney for many years – good man. It’s not just a matter of whether you support Obama or Romney, it’s who they have coming with them.’’

He added:

I’m still listening to what the Republicans are saying they’re going to do to fix the fiscal problems. We have to get the economy moving, and I think I owe that to the Republican party.

Sources: MSNBC, NBC, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Youtube

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