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Powell still bullish on Obama, not joining govt
AP via Omaha.com ^ | 1/23/2011 | Matthew Lee, AP

Posted on 01/23/2011 8:53:11 AM PST by Qbert

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday ruled out a return to government service but said he still supports President Barack Obama even though he hasn't yet decided who to vote for in 2012.

The highly respected retired general and moderate Republican made waves when he endorsed Democrat Obama in 2008.

He told CNN's "State of the Union" that he thought Obama's presidency remains a work in progress and that tough issues such as the economy and unemployment need to be addressed. Powell said he hoped the president would tackle these matters in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Powell also lamented the lack of civility in political discourse and urged Americans to display tolerance in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

"I think he's got a way to go," Powell said. "I mean, he hasn't achieved all of his purposes, but he's stabilized the economy" and taken on health care reform. "You know, we didn't elect Superman. We elected a human being, Barack Obama."

(Excerpt) Read more at omaha.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabbers; colinpowell; obama; pseudocons

1 posted on 01/23/2011 8:53:14 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert
Powell still bullish on Obama


2 posted on 01/23/2011 8:56:24 AM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Qbert

“The highly respected retired general and moderate Republican made waves when he endorsed Democrat Obama in 2008.”

A lot of wasted wording. All they had to write was “RINO”.


3 posted on 01/23/2011 8:59:49 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Qbert
but he's stabilized the economy

???????????????????????

4 posted on 01/23/2011 9:01:37 AM PST by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
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To: Qbert

Highly respected by Whom? The enemy that the worthless AA General protected ,so we would have to go back to Iraq? BTW serves Bush right for hiring that unqualified Backstabbing Jackazz as SS.


5 posted on 01/23/2011 9:05:10 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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His support of Obama was based on race. While Obama remains half Black, Powell’s support will not waver.


6 posted on 01/23/2011 9:10:01 AM PST by Godwin1
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To: Qbert
he hasn't yet decided who to vote for in 2012

Oh boy. The suspense is killing me. I can't imagine who it will be.

7 posted on 01/23/2011 9:12:03 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Qbert

“... The highly respected retired general and moderate Republican....”

To those of us who were there in the military when he was, he was NOT highly respected.

And he is no Republican.

Sorry, but he was - quite simply - a quota soldier of moderate ability who was chosen over others who were better. (Please, please...this is not a racist rant - it is a statement that’s as obvious as are Obama’s lies.)


8 posted on 01/23/2011 9:18:41 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Cheetahcat

“Highly respected by Whom?”

Highly respected by the MSM that loves to trot him out whenever we supposedly need a soporific lecture about “bipartisanship” and what a good “Republican” is supposed to be like (i.e. agreeing with the Dems on almost every issue, and never praising Republicans).


9 posted on 01/23/2011 9:19:05 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Qbert

“Highly respected by the MSM that loves to trot him out whenever we supposedly need a soporific lecture about “bipartisanship” and what a good “Republican” is supposed to be like (i.e. agreeing with the Dems on almost every issue, and never praising Republicans).”

Good Point and true.


10 posted on 01/23/2011 9:20:36 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Qbert

Powell is a racist who supported Obama only because of race.

Even with an obviously failed administration to behold, Powell can’t bring himself to admit that Obama is an incompetent whom he helped put in office.

What is sad is that just like Pelosi poisoned the waters for future potential female Speakers, Obama is making it near impossible for another black to hold the Presidency.


11 posted on 01/23/2011 9:22:12 AM PST by oldbill
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To: Godwin1
I wish Powell the old solder would just fade away.....
12 posted on 01/23/2011 9:24:13 AM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: Qbert

Does anyone really care about what Powell thinks?


13 posted on 01/23/2011 9:26:29 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Boycott GE!)
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To: Qbert

Powell is a loathesome little mouse.


14 posted on 01/23/2011 9:26:41 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

“Oh boy. The suspense is killing me. I can’t imagine who it will be.”

Ha ha. I’m sure he will take a VERY cloe look at everybody on our side. (Stifled laughter).


15 posted on 01/23/2011 9:27:47 AM PST by toddausauras
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To: Qbert
The highly respected retired general and moderate Republican

only by those who must patronize him due to his skin tone and hair texture...granted that includes many folks ...even a few here..but less than before though...they have seen the light

...or the door

16 posted on 01/23/2011 9:32:30 AM PST by wardaddy ("Out Here" by Josh Thompson pretty much says it all to those who will never understand anyhow)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Does anyone really care about what Powell thinks?

When a Democrat newsroom like CNN trots Powell out in front of its cameras it is for the sole purpose of keeping disappointed and skeptical blacks engaged enough to return to the polls in 2012 to bother voting for Ubama again. Powell is nothing more than a campaign prop for Ubama, CNN, and the rest of the Democrat newsrooms.

OF COURSE Powell will endorse Ubama again.

17 posted on 01/23/2011 9:33:07 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: darkwing104
My-Oh-My. . . where to begin?

"The highly respected retired general and moderate Republican. . ."

Highly respected by whom? democrates & RINOS.

". . . made waves when he endorsed Democrat Obama in 2008."

Out and out treason is now equivalent to "making waves". . . I got it!

". . . he thought Obama's presidency remains a work in progress"

He's a piece of "work" alright.

" Powell also lamented the lack of civility in political discourse"

Here we go again. 'Conservatives, sit down and shut up so this 'piece of work' can continue screwing you.

". . . and urged Americans to display tolerance in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

But before we display all this tolerance lets first smear Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, etc.

"You know, we didn't elect Superman. We elected a human being, Barack Obama."

Really. . . ? I thought he was the democRAT messiah, The One who was able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and make the very oceans recede at his command. What happened to all that?

"I mean, he hasn't achieved all of his purposes,"

Scariest line in the story! Very Telling!

Do us all a favor Powell, be a good highly respected retired general and simply fade away! You Putz!!

18 posted on 01/23/2011 9:35:19 AM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / Still Think You're Free?)
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To: Dem Guard

19 posted on 01/23/2011 9:37:20 AM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Da Coyote

you needn’t qualify all that

even those here who used to call us racists for opposing Powell..or Condi...or Steele...when those names would be bandied about for POTUS

have seen what we warned of about those folks unfold

even JC Watts could not bring himself to disavow Obama..and he was another “black guy” loved here


20 posted on 01/23/2011 9:38:02 AM PST by wardaddy ("Out Here" by Josh Thompson pretty much says it all to those who will never understand anyhow)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

“Oh boy. The suspense is killing me. I can’t imagine who it will be.”

—LOL. Here’s my wild guess what he’ll say when he endorses Obozo:

If the GOP nominee is Conservative he’ll label the candidate an “extremist, full of harmful vitriol” who doesn’t represent “moderate America” like our “Centrist” president.

If the nominee isn’t Conservative, he’ll offer feint praise for the candidate, but then attack the nominee’s more Conservative VP pick for being an “extremist, full of harmful vitriol who doesn’t...”


21 posted on 01/23/2011 9:42:35 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Qbert

“he thought Obama’s presidency remains a work in progress”

Yeh Obama has not quite totally destroyed our country yet.


22 posted on 01/23/2011 9:43:47 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Qbert

Powell seems to be liberal first and American second. If he still likes the one in the White House despite his record of bowing to foreign leaders and talking down the USA then Powell isn’t the patriot some think he is.


23 posted on 01/23/2011 9:45:35 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Qbert
"Moderate Republican"?

Colin doesn't even know what republican means!

24 posted on 01/23/2011 9:53:05 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Qbert

My take on this is a little different.
I think Powell damned Barry with faint praise and is putting distance between them .
He acted like a politician by trying to have it both ways , seeming to support him , while also tap dancing away.
Calling Barry a work in progress is pretty insulting and sounds like Powell is calling him a failure , but, in a mild way.
The last part of the article is telling.
“I will always vote for the person who I think is best qualified,” he said.
“I am not committed to any candidate until I see all the candidates.
I have not yet seen anybody on the Republican side
that I am ready to commit to

and I am not committed to President Obama either.”


25 posted on 01/23/2011 9:53:31 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Qbert

Follow the money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/6491195/Al-Gore-could-become-worlds-first-carbon-billionaire.html

Al Gore could become world’s first carbon billionaire

Last year Mr Gore’s venture capital firm loaned a small California firm $75m to develop energy-saving technology.

The company, Silver Spring Networks, produces hardware and software to make the electricity grid more efficient.

The deal appeared to pay off in a big way last week, when the Energy Department announced $3.4 billion in smart grid grants, the New York Times reports. Of the total, more than $560 million went to utilities with which Silver Spring has contracts.

The move means that venture capital company Kleiner Perkins and its partners, including Mr Gore, could recoup their investment many times over in coming years.

(snip)

http://resources.bnet.com/topic/kleiner+perkins+caufield+&+byers.html

Former Secretary Colin Powell Named Strategic Limited Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers KPCB — an innovator in providing venture and relationship capitalSM services to entrepreneurs — announced former Secretary of State Colin Powell has become a KPCB strategic limited partner.


26 posted on 01/23/2011 9:56:43 AM PST by maggief
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To: ArchAngel1983

Good points.

I get this vibe about Powell (beyond the obvious racial aspects, and things that are usually mentioned) that I’ve had when I’ve been around very Passive-Aggressive people. He’s not the kind of person who is out shouting his views, but he’s very, very opinionated and domineering, and he seems to have these lasting (unconscious) resentments.

It always has to be HIS way- even if you don’t realize that that’s what’s going on at the time because it’s so subtle. And if he doesn’t get HIS way, he’ll just knife you in the back at the most inopportune time (like he did to McCain). Very strange man.

(Sorry to wax all pop-psychology there...)


27 posted on 01/23/2011 9:58:00 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Qbert

Colon Bowel .. useful racist idiot.


28 posted on 01/23/2011 10:08:17 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: Qbert

Pop Psychology aside, Colin Powell is and always was a product of affirmative action enabled by a very long list of RINO politicians including and in particular GWB. He is not a man conflicted by his principals. He is in the purist sense a political opportunist.


29 posted on 01/23/2011 10:13:28 AM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / Still Think You're Free?)
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To: Dem Guard

Oops solder = soldier


30 posted on 01/23/2011 10:16:03 AM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

“Calling Barry a work in progress is pretty insulting and sounds like Powell is calling him a failure , but, in a mild way”

—I have to disagree. I think a “work in progress” is just a subtle way of saying “give him more time”...

...Which isn’t any different from what most Libs spouting their talking points always say. I swear, listen sometime to black Obama supporters who call into right-leaning shows: the first thing they will always say when asked if they think Obozo has been successful is, “He just needs more time- it’s only been two years!”

Powell will use his influence to try to damage the GOP nominee, because it’s his nature.


31 posted on 01/23/2011 10:16:50 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Qbert

Change the color of Obama’s skin to white and the story would be different.


32 posted on 01/23/2011 10:18:17 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: maggief

Interesting- thanks.

Colin Powell...standing up for the poor, once again. (/s)


33 posted on 01/23/2011 10:23:10 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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Unless Barry bleaches out, Colon will back the brutha.

It's a melanin thing.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

34 posted on 01/23/2011 10:24:53 AM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: ArchAngel1983

Agree. And I always remember this tidbit when thinking about Colin Powell:

“...President Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate in the divided city of Berlin and urged Mikhail Gorbachev, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, to “tear down this wall!”
At the time, several members of the President’s staff opposed the remark... Advisor Colin Powell agreed, declaring it was “unpresidential.” Reagan ended the debate by saying, “I think we’ll leave it in.”

http://www.personalliberty.com/this-week-in-history/tear-down-this-wall/


35 posted on 01/23/2011 10:46:17 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Qbert
President Ronald Reagan

America has stopped making a lot of things, including leaders. No, we don't make 'em like him anymore

36 posted on 01/23/2011 12:13:38 PM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / Still Think You're Free?)
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