Video: Colin Powell endorses Obama

posted at 8:41 am on October 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Is anyone really surprised by Colin Powell’s re-endorsement of Barack Obama? CBS asked the question during This Morning, and Powell almost seems reluctant to spit the words out, but it’s not much of a shocker:

Powell went on to explain his reasoning:

“When he took over the country was in very, very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama Administration and unemployment peaked at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was started to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to come back after four years, it’s starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising.” …

Summarizing the past four years under Obama, Powell said “Generally, we’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude.” He added, “The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing but I see that we’re starting to raise up.”

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.”

Didn’t get us into “any new wars” and protection from terrorism has been “very very solid,” eh?  Maybe Powell missed those several weeks in the spring of last year when the US began bombing another country in an effort to decapitate its regime, and then fall back to support other nations’ efforts to do the same.  That decision to go to war against Moammar Qaddafi — there is no other word for it — created the environment in eastern Libya where terrorist networks operate freely, including al-Qaeda, and have chased all other Western nations and most NGOs out of the area.  The Obama administration was a little too slow to recognize the danger, though, and that’s why four Americans ended up dead in Benghazi in a well-coordinated terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty in 33 years.

I’m not surprised by Powell’s choice, although I’m a little mystified at his reasoning, especially on economic grounds. This is, after all, the worst economic “recovery” since World War II, and it’s getting worse each year rather than better. Powell says he’s still a Republican, but I suspect that he’s rather bitter about what happened in the march to war in Iraq, especially as it relates to him, and still holds a major grudge against Republican leadership.  I’m certainly not going to personally belittle a man who has served this nation almost his entire adult life until his well-deserved retirement over his political preferences in an election.  I just think he’s very, very wrong, and demonstrably so.


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Colon Pal is full of sh!t

rik on October 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Absolutely incredulous given the facts.

Over the last four years the President has overseen a policy that makes our world a more dangerous place. He has substituted wise policy for feel-good measures that appeal to his political fancies.

The Middle East is a more dangerous place. Iran is now four years closer to a nuclear weapon. We have governments who were once allies being shunned and others now run by Al Qaeda sympathizers. We’ve evacuated Iraq and failed to capitalize on all the sacrifices made. Afghanistan is adrift and Mr. Obama has publicly announced a withdrawal date- simply stunning.

His crowning act is the latest disaster in Libya. When he had a chance to act, to lead- Mr. Obama went to sleep. He demurred while four men waited for help and died as the result of his political indifference. This was a despicable act that fully displays how incapable and dangerous his lack of leadership has been.

Yet, Mr. Powell endorse this buffoonery and incompetency as deserving of four more years?

This is nothing more than the lamentations of specious political hack who long ago threw away any reason and honor in favor of politics.

Marcus Traianus on October 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Colin who?

Philo Beddoe on October 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I still blame Colin Powell for making the decision not to go ahead and remove Saddam during the Gulf War back in 1991.

Also, I tend to think he and Obama see eye-to-eye on Israel, so that would help explain part of his support for Obama.

Publius24 on October 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Chicago Politics. Here’s more.

kingsjester on October 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I get the feeling that the Once is beating the bushes for endorsements and for some reason Colin Powell came to mind. This is his Republican endorser, the only one on the planet it seems. Maybe it was to shore up the present SOS. Who knows? All of them are beginning to become irrelevant right before our very eyes. It’s time to undo the damage of the Clintons and Obama and take their sorry @sses off to jail never to be heard from again. They have damaged this great country and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get this done. On to victory and bringing back the USA!

BetseyRoss on October 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Somehow I hadn’t heard or thought of him since the last time he did it.

Akzed on October 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

NY Post endorses Romney

“Four frustratingly long years ago, a war-weary and economically battered America took a flier on a savior.

It didn’t work out….

America needs more than hope. It needs leadership. That is why The Post today endorses the candidacy of Mitt Romney for president of the United States…”

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/mitt_will_get_the_jobs_done_9hpevJPvBnMgJ0GMyGb0GO

workingclass artist on October 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Veteran.
War Hero.
Secretary of State.
Stockholm Syndrome?
Plantation ______?
RACIST!

nimrod on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

mark81150 on October 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Agree completely!

lhuffman34 on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

I served under him at one time.He talked sense then.

docflash on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

For colin color is more important than content of character, it really is sad.

tim c on October 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Just as it is wrong to call everyone who opposes Obama racist, it is wrong to state that every black person who votes for Obama does so solely because of race. Unless he said something to indicate that his vote is based on race, I think we should stop making this claim.

Like I said earlier, Powell always struck me as barely Republican, if he was at all. Just because he was appointed Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs by Bush I and SoS by Bush II, doesn’t mean he was ever really a republican. And, his time as SoS and after leads me to believe that he was always fairly liberal.

He may claim to be a Republican b/c it is useful for him in order to criticize republicans – which is pretty much all he does. So, him endorsing Obama doesn’t have to be just because Obama is black. It is b/c Powell is actually liberal.

Monkeytoe on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

There is no way anyone who calls (or called) himself a Republican can support the most leftist socialist President we have ever had, twice. Powell makes it official. He is not and never was a Republican. He was/is the very definition of a RINO.

farsighted on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

What a feckless, miserable creature Powell has revealed himself to be. And thank God. Someone might have made HIM President one day.

We’ve been saved.

tree hugging sister on October 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

And to think, I once admired this person. That was before what he did to Scooter Libby. Snake.

petefrt on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

LMAO what a racist!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on October 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

…I call him Colon!… and yes…black bigotry is acceptable now days.

KOOLAID2 on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

RACIST !

stenwin77 on October 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Who cares who he endorses. Powell is and always has been a phony and he needs to take off that phony “Republican” tag. It’s strictly skin color with him.
rplat on October 25, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The sad part is that Powell’s race played a part in how Powell became the especially well-regarded star he did during the Bush years. Had he been white, it is doubtful he would have gotten the same kind of admiring coverage. Sort of reminds you of Obama.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Powell did not give reasons, he gave rationalizations. Yes, it’s all about skin color.

Old Country Boy on October 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Folks, it really is time to ignore the poll trolls. They cannot debate what they post and the thread runs away with comments directed at them. We’re all prone to want to point out what BS they push. But let them drop their one comment and ignore them. They have nothing else and will go away.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

So, now Powell shows us once again who he really is.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

What racist POS. always has been a liberal – whether he was a Repug or Dem, I don’t think anyone knows for sure.

No character, no ethics, no class.

Sporty1946 on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

When he took over the country was in very, very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression.

Barack Obama has been in elected office in Washington D.C. since January 3, 2005. Nearly eight years.

And for nearly six years, his party has party has held majority control of Washington, D.C. (holding a majority, 2+ out of 3, of the House, Senate, and Presidency).

It is a BIG LIE to claim that Obama and the Democrats inherited a recession.

What the Democrats inherited on January 3, 2007 was a RECOVERY (which was largely the result of the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts), and the Democrats turned that recovery into a recession.

What the Democrats (inlcuding then-Senators Obama, Biden, and Clinton) inherited on January 3, 2007 was:

1) A FY 2007 deficit of less than $161 Billion.

2) Total National Debt under $8.7 Trillion.

3) Unemployment 4.4%

… to be continued …

ITguy on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Bad news from PPP.

Obama expanding lead in Virginia

bucsox79 on October 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

What lead? Obama pulled his people.

Marcus on October 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Back in the mid 90′s when a lot of Republicans were swooning over Powell and pushing him to run for president, my local radio personality, Mark Davis, asked

“Would you feel the same way about him if he were white? What does he believe? How conservative is he? I need to know before I jump on this bandwagon.”

I see now just how smart Mark was. Powell’s loyalty is not to conservative ideas or the Republican party, but to skin color.

parteagirl on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Meh. You can make the argument that Powell’s just doing what David Brooks is doing — they’d both rather endorse Obama again in 2012 than take the hit to their egos it would require to admit they got. Aught up in the hype and were wrong about Obama in 2008. But a high-profile person endorsing Obama a second time and (supposedly) jumping parties means far less than the first time it happens, especially after its obvious they’ve broken with their party on almost every issue (see Charlie Crist for an example of a first-time Obsma endorser who has virtually no clout because the public sees through his motives).

jon1979 on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Colin Powell is no longer relevant.

pilamaye on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222204/Romney-Stemberg-papers-Romney-testified-divorce-ex-Staples-CEO-companys-stock-overvalued–wife-missed-windfall.html?ICO=most_read_module

Ask Colin Powell if he agrees with this “gutter politics”?

The Allred bomb.

But now…….OBAMA

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-romneys-bulls_657708.html

President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone that Mitt Romney is a “bullshitter.” Mike Allen reports:

FIRST LOOK – Rolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president.

… [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”

PappyD61 on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

In totally unrelated news this morning, Barack Obama is still black,

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

What’s sad is not so much that he endorsed Obama, but that he did it in a way that sounds like talking points. I would have thought him capable of an original thought.

SAZMD on October 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

As dumb as they come.

steebo77 on October 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

… continued …

What did Speaker Pelosi, Senators Reid, Obama, Biden, Clinton, and other Democrats inherit from the Republicans on January 3, 2007?

4) “Discouraged Workers” (not counted in the unemployment number): 274,000.

5) Employment-population ratio (% employment for civilian noninstitutional population age 16 years and over): 63.4%

6) Zillow U.S. Home Value Index: over $190,000.

Now, every single one of those six measures is significantly worse than what the Democrats inherited in January 2007.

Incomes are down, too, but I don’t have the link for that statistic.

ITguy on October 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Dissapointed.

bobsacramento on October 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Powell is, and always has been, a complete fraud.

Fazman on October 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Nice of you to remove the mask, General.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on October 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Given that he photographed sitting, all friendly-like, next to Farrakhan… no.

His political advice to Bush 41 concerning the fore-shortening of operations against Iraq, and totally dicking-over of Schwarzkopf (the true hero of Desert Storm)… gave me second thoughts about him.

I’d watch this man very closely; he is/was way too political as a general for my tastes.

CPT. Charles on October 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222204/Romney-Stemberg-papers-Romney-testified-divorce-ex-Staples-CEO-companys-stock-overvalued–wife-missed-windfall.html?ICO=most_read_module

Ask Colin Powell if he agrees with this “gutter politics”?

The Allred bomb.

But now…….OBAMA

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-romneys-bulls_657708.html

President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone that Mitt Romney is a “bullshitter.” Mike Allen reports:

FIRST LOOK – Rolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president.

… [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”

PappyD61 on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Here’s the kicker though. Obama wanted the Des Moines Register interview off the record, but he’s ok with Rolling Stone printing that?

Doughboy on October 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

BTW, Colon, you personally are in large part responsible for the second Iraq war in more ways than one. First, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs you advocated unilaterally ending the first one before the job of destroying the Republican Guard was done. Second, as Secretary of State you went before the UN, and the American people, to make the case for the second war.

You have a lot of nerve to support Obama for supposedly getting us out of a war you started (he did not end it, the war was all but over when he assumed office), a war that was only started because you botched the first war. And that is how you will go down in history. Enjoy your legacy.

farsighted on October 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

There goes Powell’s last shred of dignity. I can’t look.

ElectricPhase on October 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

And to think, he once praised president Reagan..

He now makes excuses for a man who not only threw the Pole’s under the bus, but humiliated them in a deliberate snub to suck up to Putin.

I cannot believe we ever bought into his act..

He was hardly the genius behind the first gulf war anyway, that was Stormin Norman… All Colon did was do the Pentagon brief and make statements for the President… He was not the operational planner. He “advised” Bush.. as did dozens of others.

The media made him the hero of Gulf War I…

mark81150 on October 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

So sad. I stood in line for an hour to get his signature on that book. Glad I lost it. Cannot believe it is all about skin color.
Similar skin color or not. I am do not think BO has earned a second term.

southernms on October 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I’m not surprised by Powell’s choice, although I’m a little mystified at his reasoning, especially on economic grounds. This is, after all, the worst economic “recovery” since World War II, and it’s getting worse each year rather than better

Come on Ed, it’s not getting worse. The economy is improving, the housing market has bottomed, and consumer sentiment is at a 4 month high. Even with conditions deteriorating abroad.

And your point of comparison is somewhat misleading, this isn’t just another post WWII recession.

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-bailout-success-2012-9

bayam on October 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Must See.

ITguy on October 25, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Rasmussen: Arizona Senate: Flake (R) 50%, Carmona (D) 44%

Resist We Much on October 25, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The dude is still pissed that GWB didn’t reup him at State. Honestly man, you gotta get over it.

dczombie on October 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Anyone who doubts that our own military would shoot American Citizens need only look at this treasonous ex joint chief of staff.

When the joint chief of staff endorses someone who has fundementally ignored the constitution, lied consistently to us, added trillions of debt that can never be repaid and now is honing in on the homestretch of giving iranians the bomb and the “religion of peace” control of whole swaths of africa, you know that he’d have little trouble in ordering troops to shoot to kill in the flyover country.

acyl72 on October 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone that Mitt Romney is a “bullshitter.” Mike Allen reports:

FIRST LOOK – Rolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president.
… [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”’”
PappyD61 on October 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Mitt is 10 times the man Obama is.

I want this quote of Obama’s to get publicized everywhere. I want Obama to go out on a sour note like this, and I want everyone to know what a bitter jackass he is.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I’m certainly not going to personally belittle a man who has served this nation almost his entire adult life ….

But I will.

Sherman1864 on October 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Sounds like all he did was read an ad script for Obama, no depth whatsoever to his comments.

hillsoftx on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Come on Ed, it’s not getting worse. The economy is improving, the housing market has bottomed, and consumer sentiment is at a 4 month high. Even with conditions deteriorating abroad.

And your point of comparison is somewhat misleading, this isn’t just another post WWII recession.

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-bailout-success-2012-9

bayam on October 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

The housing market has bottomed….and has remained there. The economy is improving? Based on what? GDP? The Workforce Participation Rate? New jobs created? Gas and food prices? The cost of health care premiums? Aside from the unemployment rate which we all know is a joke at this point, there are no positive economic indicators. At best we’re stagnant.

Doughboy on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Looks like Powell just got a dose of Preparation O.

Lincoln Cadillac on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Colin, now that you are finished riding Norman Schwarzkopf’s coat-tails, can you please STFU.

phreshone on October 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

My apologies for having to post that. That’s a word that we would tell the yung ‘uns that they need to apologize for.

I should have changed it “b***s*****r”.

PappyD61 on October 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

First of all, let’s look back for the reason Powell endorsed Obama in 2008:

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president on Sunday, criticizing his own Republican Party for what he called its narrow focus on irrelevant personal attacks over a serious approach to challenges he called unprecedented.

For the past two months and beyond, the Obama Campaign HAS ENGAGED IN NOTHING BUT PERSONAL ATTACKS AGAINST MITT ROMNEY. Where’s your credibility now Mr. Powell?

“I truly believe that at this point in America’s history we need a president who will not just continue … basically the policies we have followed in recent years,” he said. “We need a president with transformational qualities.”
For that reason, he said, “I will be voting for Barack Obama.”

“transformational qualities”??? How’s that working out for your candidate, Mr. Powell?

Rovin on October 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone that Mitt Romney is a “bullshitter.” Mike Allen reports:

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM

That’s like the con artist accusing someone else of being a con to distract his marks.

farsighted on October 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I want this quote of Obama’s to get publicized everywhere. I want Obama to go out on a sour note like this, and I want everyone to know what a bitter jackass he is.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at

If I read that quote correctly….he swore in front of a child? I hope that is not the case.

Mitsouko on October 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

he is/was way too political as a general for my tastes.

CPT. Charles on October 25, 2012 at 9:16

I agree. I served under him in FORSCOM, and what he did with the budget was ridiculous. He has gotten smaller and smaller in my eyes as time has passed. A true embarrasssment to those of us who wore the uniform.

Longhorn Six on October 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Powell’s mentor was Casper Weinberger a solid conservative Republican. Powell willingly accepted Weinberger’s philosophies and policies in order to rise in the ranks, then after there was no more to grab he reverted to his libel foundations. Bottom line is that he was, is and and will always be a phony, liberal opportunist.

rplat on October 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Ed::I’m certainly not going to personally belittle a man who has served this nation almost his entire adult life until his well-deserved retirement over his political preferences in an election.

You know Ed serving the country doesn’t give you carte blanc. I have seen this more on our side actually. Sorry people don’t get extra rights for serving. If they do then people in wheelchairs are second class citizens. If you put out your service as some kind of “shield” the rest of us must respect you are abusing the core tenets of “actually” serving the country. Sorry if it offends any military people but you are NOT superior to anyone in the arena of ideas and politics for being in the military. You don’t get a BS pass. Colin Powell is a politician now and he needs to be treated like you would Obama.

Conan on October 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM

One Affirmative Action beneficiary endorsing another. I feel safer already!

Liam on October 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars.

Yeah….except he didn’t get us out of any war, he doubled down on another war, and got us into a third war…without congressional approval by the way.

xblade on October 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The economy is improving? Based on what? GDP? The Workforce Participation Rate? New jobs created? Gas and food prices? The cost of health care premiums?

Doughboy on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Based on bullsh!t, lies, and distractions.

farsighted on October 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Had he thought of it earlier, Gen. Powell could have given a class to political hopefuls this election season:

How to go from the popular favorite for the Presidency to a political shill in one easy lesson.

He might’ve had to actually stand for election — which I know scalded the butt of the former First Lady/Junior Senator from New York — but he might’ve made it. As it is, he’s standing up as some sort of cardboard cut-out “statesman” for promoting a bush-league pol…a cigar-store indian cum general.

I guess that we’ve here another example of the “people’s choice”, upon closer examination, having feet of clay. Seems that the “people” have to choose their champions more carefully in future.

Puritan1648 on October 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Folks, it really is time to ignore the poll trolls. They cannot debate what they post and the thread runs away with comments directed at them. We’re all prone to want to point out what BS they push. But let them drop their one comment and ignore them. They have nothing else and will go away.

hawkdriver on October 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Agreed sir..

I’ve allowed myself to get baited before, but I’m becoming more and more certain, it’s better to ignore them.. a tiny post is gone in a flash.. but the return comments can run on for pages..

I’m in..

Unless directly addressed, I’ll refrain from bothering with them.

mark81150 on October 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Raaaaaacist.

preallocated on October 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

From a commenter at Wapo, (of all places)

President Obama’s on the record Interviews since Benghazi:

• 9/11: Miami’s DJ Laz — aka “Pimp with a Limp”
• 9/13: Noticiero Telemundo
• 9/18: Late Show with David Letterman
• 9/20: Univision Town Hall
• 9/23: 60 Minutes
• 9/24: The View
• 9/25: NBC News/Education Nation
• 10/10: World News with Diane Sawyer
• 10/12: The Yo! Show (where he deftly navigated the Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey feud)
• 10/11: Cleveland Sports Radio 92.3 FM
• 10/18: Z107.9 Hip Hop Cleveland (radio interview)
• 10/18: Daily Show with Jon Stewart

• 10/24: The Tonight Show
• 10/26: MTV
• 10/26: Us Weekly — select questions/answers from POTUS to appear

Other on the record interviews since Obama’s last White House News Conference:

• Jimmy Fallon
• Glamour Magazine
• Half-time Interview with ESPN2 (USA basketball vs. Brazil where the president declared that the Dream Team would beat our current Olympic Team)
• Entertainment Tonight
• People Magazine
• Essence Magazine
• KOB-FM, Albuquerque [talked about his favorite type of chili and “Call Me Maybe”]

We need a full time, adult professional. Not some goofy twerp who thinks his base is 14 year old nose picking teenagers.

Nuff said.

Rovin on October 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Obama calling Mitt that name should be compared to the elder Bush calling Clinton and Gore bozos. Supposedly, Bush’s insult back in 92 was a sign he knew he was desperate and losing. Obama’s extremely crude show of disdain for a superior man like Mitt Romney should only work to erode Obama’s favorability ratings further.

bluegill on October 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

And your point of comparison is somewhat misleading, this isn’t just another post WWII recession.

bayam

You’re right….because of Obama’s failed policies, it’s worse. The worst recovery since WWII.

xblade on October 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Racism at it’s best! When 90% of a racial group votes for the nominee because of his race, what else can you call it?

I’m so thankful that Colin Powell became the Secretary of State. It showed the country what a mistake it would have been to have him as President. He may have been a good General, but his expertise didn’t transfer to top administration posts. Sort of like Patreus. He should have stayed in the Army.

iamsaved on October 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Well in the words of our great President, “He’s a bullsh##er”.

SPGuy on October 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

PATRIOT!!!

4 MORE YEARS!!!

DBear on October 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama Administration and unemployment peaked at 10 percent.

Unemployment didn’t peak at 10% as O. took office. It was actually 7.8%, and didn’t hit 10% until October. It remained around 10% until April 2010, and never dropped to 7.8% until last month (we all know why). But I guess these facts don’t correspond with the narrative that O. “inherited this crisis”.

Alexis on October 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

crawl back in your hole Colon

burserker on October 25, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Come on Ed, it’s not getting worse. The economy is improving, the housing market has bottomed, and consumer sentiment is at a 4 month high. Even with conditions deteriorating abroad.

And your point of comparison is somewhat misleading, this isn’t just another post WWII recession.

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-bailout-success-2012-9

bayam on October 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

The housing market has bottomed….and has remained there. The economy is improving? Based on what? GDP? The Workforce Participation Rate? New jobs created? Gas and food prices? The cost of health care premiums? Aside from the unemployment rate which we all know is a joke at this point, there are no positive economic indicators. At best we’re stagnant.

Doughboy on October 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

It’s amazing how hard the media has worked to convince us the economy is recovering in the absence of any real evidence. But when the economy went through a very mild recession, then recovered, under Bush 41, they treated Clinton’s hyperbole of “the worst economy in 50 years” as the fount of wisdom. And when the economy recovered from the dot-com bust and the 9/11 attacks under Bush 43, all we ever heard about was, “the jobless recovery.”

Now we have Obama talking about how Bush wrecked the economy, when it was better under Bush by every measure than it was at any point under Obama.

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I’m not surprised by Powell’s choice, although I’m a little mystified at his reasoning

Powell is black, Obama is black (half, anyway).

Powell is a racist.

End of story.

glockomatic on October 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM

to vote for Obama you must be either black or dumb.

Johnny 100 Pesos on October 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Powell is still trying to reconnect with the black community it seems.

claudius on October 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I’m certainly not going to personally belittle a man who has served this nation almost his entire adult life until his well-deserved retirement over his political preferences in an election.

No need…that’s what we are here for.

Colon Pile is a lifelong affirmative action joke. He has the analytical ability of a MSNBC staffer. He has spent the past 30 years getting fatter in DC stumbling around drunk at cocktail parties in his dress uniform. His endorsement carries all the weight of the LiLo endorsement.

Jaibones on October 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars.

Bush ended the war in Iraq with The Surge and a SOFA which followed. Obama opposed the Surge and did not change the SOFA. Powell is either dishonest or stupid.

Basilsbest on October 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Lets face the facts.

Colin Powell is racist.

Amjean on October 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Is there any doubt how The One gets virtually 100% of the black vote? It’s automatic.

Hey, Chris Matthews, is there any racism here? NOOOOO!

theosdad on October 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Powell says he’s still a Republican, but I suspect that he’s rather bitter about what happened in the march to war in Iraq, especially as it relates to him, and still holds a major grudge against Republican leadership.
– Ed

Sure, Ed.
And this could also be a cry for love, resulting from issues with his mother.

And of course, maybe he just genuinely believes Obama is a better choice.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Look GEN Powell, if Obama were one of your soldiers or officers, you’d have fired him a long time ago, no matter the pigmentation of his outer covering.

that is the truth, and you know it. I read your damn book, sir.

ted c on October 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

PATRIOT!!!

4 MORE YEARS!!!

DBear on October 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

He’s one veteran among MILLIONS.. and Obama has lost us by 20 points.. so Patriots have decided your guy sucks.

mark81150 on October 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

So many of you are just obsessed with race.
It’s a black and or white world for you.
Make sure to turn the flame down on your gas lamps before you go to bed.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 9:42 AM

And of course, maybe he just genuinely believes Obama is a better choice.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

last time I swear..

No rational observer can believe that, unless either ideology or emotional factors get in the way, on every possible measure, Obama is a failure.

mark81150 on October 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Powell’s party (dis)loyalty never disappoints.

Stepan on October 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Just another black racist.

Antivenin on October 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Actually, no, simplesimon. It is you Liberals, who are obsessed by race. We vote based on political ideology.

kingsjester on October 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Colon Pile is a lifelong affirmative action joke. He has the analytical ability of a MSNBC staffer. He has spent the past 30 years getting fatter in DC stumbling around drunk at cocktail parties in his dress uniform. His endorsement carries all the weight of the LiLo endorsement.

Jaibones on October 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Colin admitted in a biography spot on TV that he was “C” student in a community college. Powell was Obama’s same myth before we got Obama. Clean, articluate black man with no real skills other than to sound intelligent.

Conan on October 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I suspect that he’s rather bitter about what happened in the march to war in Iraq, especially as it relates to him, and still holds a major grudge against Republican leadership.

Hell, I hold a major grudge against Republican leadership, buncha air holes that they are. But that doesn’t translate into support for a failed President Obama.

ss396 on October 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Colon Pal is full of sh!t

rik on October 25, 2012 at 9:08 AM

If this is your diagnosis then he should have a COLONoscopy!

hawkman on October 25, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Guess Colin missed the jobs report this morning.

GeorgieGirl9 on October 25, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Just as it is wrong to call everyone who opposes Obama racist, it is wrong to state that every black person who votes for Obama does so solely because of race. Unless he said something to indicate that his vote is based on race, I think we should stop making this claim.

Monkeytoe on October 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

A good rule to follow. But his announcement of support for Obama in 2008 specifically listed him being African American. Four years later, it’s still true. He went from serving as Secretary of State in the Bush administration to endorsing Obama as president. Not just changing his vote, but publicly endorsing Obama, who you might well remember specifically ran against Bush instead of McCain.

It’s easy to understand Powell’s actions if he’s voting based on race, not so easy otherwise.

Given all that, it’s fair to judge that Powell wanted to vote for the first black president.

Here we are four years later after a disastrous administration by Obama, and Colin Powell is offering weak rationalizations like “he didn’t get us into another war” to justify voting for the same guy. By that standard, Carter deserved another term.

No, there’s plenty of reason to make the judgement that Powell’s support for Obama is based on race. If it was really because Powell is a moderate, he would vote for the real moderate in the race, Romney.

There Goes The Neighborhood on October 25, 2012 at 9:50 AM

And of course maybe he just genuinely believes Obama is a better choice.

verbaluce on October 25, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Or maybe it boils down to Powell looking like an idiot if he reverses course on all the excuses he laid down during the Obama 4 years. Maybe it boils down to he has no choice.

Don’t think he doesn’t know about Rush pointing out? “Maybe we should all listen to Colin Powell about Obama…” Rush made sure he had every Obama failure stuck to his name too.

He boxed himself into a corner with Obama that he can’t leave.

Conan on October 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Turning to foreign policy, Powell said he saw “the president got us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars.

There was a war going on in Iraq in 2009? Bwahahaha.

No new wars? ROFL!

I won’t even get into his fantasy-land view of the domestic front.

Powell has zero credibility on examining events thee last four years and appears to be nothing more than a garden variety racist.

Dusty on October 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I’m Shocked, I tell you! Absolutely shocked!

tbrickert on October 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

“I still blame Colin Powell for making the decision not to go ahead and remove Saddam during the Gulf War back in 1991.

Also, I tend to think he and Obama see eye-to-eye on Israel, so that would help explain part of his support for Obama.”

First off, exactly, Powell is endorsing melanin count.

Secondly, Powell was the primary factor in the half assed end to the First Gulf War. His buddies in the media warned him about his “image” if he followed through with good military logic, ie , close with and kill the enemy. His autobiography dripped with venom towards Stormin’ Norman and veiled criticisms of his CinC. His tenure at State was marginal at best and his destruction of Scooter Libby is yet another brick in Powell’s wall of Shame.

The man is a poltroon and a traitor. He is , however, the shining example of Affirmative action hubris

gatorbait on October 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

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