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Posted at 9:44 AM ET, 01/23/2011

Colin Powell: No guarantee I'll back Obama in 2012

By Emi Kolawole

Former secretary of state Collin Powell steered clear Sunday of endorsing any of the Republican party's 2012 presidential hopefuls, but also said he was not committed to President Obama either.

Powell, who appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning, steered clear of making an endorsement. "Right now I do not see on the Republican side any one individual that will emerge at the top of the pile," Powell said. "I have not yet seen anybody on the Republican side I am prepared to commit to and I am not committed to President Obama either."

Powell endorsed then-candidate Obama in 2008 saying at the time that Obama, "displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge . . . in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor."

Powell did offer praise for Obama's accomplishments: "Whether you approve of health care or not, he took on that issue," said Powell, adding that, during the lead up to Obama's second State of the Union address, the American people were waiting to hear from the president on his plan to improve the economy -- with a focus on job creation.

"We didn't elect Superman," said Powell in reference to people's expectations of the president both here and abroad, "we elected a human being."

By Emi Kolawole  | January 23, 2011; 9:44 AM ET
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Colon Powell...he's still alive?

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 25, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

It matters not one iota to me whom Powell endorses.

What does matter is that Obama's Justice Department still harbors leftovers from the Bu$h administration, and that Eric Holder ignores the plight of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, guilty of nothing, while dropping all charges against the late Ted Steven of Alaska. Stevens was guiilty as sin.

Governor Siegelman needs your help.
Esther Davis, Huntsville, Al. 35802

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It matters not one iota to me whom Powell endorses.

What does matter is that Obama's Justice Department still harbors leftovers from the Bu$h administration, and that Eric Holder ignores the plight of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, guilty of nothing, while dropping all charges against the late Ted Steven of Alaska. Stevens was guiilty as sin.

Governor Siegelman needs your help.
Esther Davis, Huntsville, Al. 35802

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It matters not one iota to me whom Powell endorses.

What does matter is that Obama's Justice Department still harbors leftovers from the Bu$h administration, and that Eric Holder ignores the plight of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, guilty of nothing, while dropping all charges against the late Ted Steven of Alaska. Stevens was guiilty as sin.

Governor Siegelman needs your help.
Esther Davis, Huntsville, Al. 35802

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It matters not one iota to me whom Powell endorses.

What does matter is that Obama's Justice Department still harbors leftovers from the Bu$h administration, and that Eric Holder ignores the plight of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, guilty of nothing, while dropping all charges against the late Ted Steven of Alaska. Stevens was guiilty as sin.

Governor Siegelman needs your help.
Esther Davis, Huntsville, Al. 35802

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

It matters not one iota to me whom Powell endorses.

What does matter is that Obama's Justice Department still harbors leftovers from the Bu$h administration, and that Eric Holder ignores the plight of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, guilty of nothing, while dropping all charges against the late Ted Steven of Alaska. Stevens was guiilty as sin.

Governor Siegelman needs your help.

Posted by: samesther | January 24, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What a disappointment it was when General Powell endorsed Obama, an inexperienced politician.

Powell has destroyed his reputation as a no-nonsense political insider. To boot, Obama has turned out to be the wild-eyed liberal that most conservatives and independents feared.

It will take a long time to undo the Democrat party's damaging agenda on America.

It is disappointing but I think Powell's legacy may read distinguished soldier but a man who chose race over experience to the detriment of the America he defended.

Posted by: numbersch13 | January 23, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

We should care what Powell says who has say in this matter! with his political experience . I think he took a job was not fitted with his policy or what ever in his mind I agree with him who is the right person for this job to be a good president to serve our country ?!!

Posted by: godfatherlofti | January 23, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Powell thinks about anything political? He lost all credibility as part of the GWB administration.

Posted by: wildpotato | January 23, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

" Obama has a way to go " Why ? How far is it from Washington to the Mexican Border ?

Posted by: puck-101 | January 23, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

He may have a ways to go but he has come a lot further than Powell has already in half the time. Powell= 92 Toyota Camry out of control with stuck gas pedal.
Obama = A Fuel Efficient Chevy Volt.

Posted by: matrox | January 23, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

He may have a ways to go but he has come a lot further than Powell has already in half the time. Powell= 92 Toyota Camry out of control.
Obama = An Efficient Chevy Volt.

Posted by: matrox | January 23, 2011 6:31 PM | Report abuse

If Powell backed Barry, then Powell would have "credibility" to the loser left.......

Poor Obama.......dissed by a brother

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 23, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I would assume that the fellow posting about hillbillies 3 times and standing up for Powell....


is actually trying to damage Powell and his image purposely.....the "how dare you" and name calling points to an operative.

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Posted by: afraidofme | January 23, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Among other things,

A predator herds sheep by chasing them, as long as the sheep keep moving to their chasing the predator continues it’s behavior.

Think republicans in place of wolves here....or monied elitists....your choice.

If the sheep/democrats start talking about high principles and holding to them, the predators/republicans starts agreeing with the sheep and slowly reframing what the sheep have said until the sheep are agreeing with the wolves and the chasing starts again. Only this time the sheep are being chased with their own words!

Want to change it? You have to see the predators as predators not wrong-thinkers.

Are you listening?

You have to give the sheep permission to get rid of the predators as a process...first of all by naming them.

For instance: If the Republicans are blocking regulation of the banking industry because they want the sheep to let them reframe what regulation is so that they get to keep chasing sheep and eating them….it would be a good idea to reduce their ability to ever chase sheep again, now that they have been identified by taking away their financial clout, take away their ability to affect the system. By identifying them as “having a different opinion,” you prevent yourself from seeing that they use opinions to chase sheep with….that opinions are tools to use against rational thinkers with ideals, not something that they believe in….whatever makes the sheep move in the direction that they want them to is what they do…they don’t have ideals...they don't have ideals....and they don't care about you.

they make the sheep run in the direction that they want them to….and it’s for their singular benefit

not for the good of the country....

for the good of their futures, they don't have a country....they are perfectly willing to live in Paraguay, UAE, Dubai, Monaco......

get your heads out of your nether regions!

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Posted by: afraidofme | January 23, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

The Hillbillies here are the in rare form How Dare you Dismiss Colin Powell you inbred nothing! He has the right to say exactly what he wants!

Posted by: critic4u | January 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The Hillbillies here are the in rare form How Dare you Dismiss Colin Powell you inbred nothing! He has the right to say exactly what he wants!

Posted by: critic4u | January 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The Hillbillies here are the in rare form How Dare you Dismiss Colin Powell you inbred nothing! He has the right to say exactly what he wants!

Posted by: critic4u | January 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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critic4u, posting the same thing three times doesn't exactly make you a genius either. Learn the system.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | January 23, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Stop attacking General Powell. He was given bad info by Bush cronies and was misled. As for being racist because he voted for Obama, that is not true. Powell is pro-abortion as is Obama so there was no hindrance to voting for Obama. The only reason I voted for McCain/Palin was because of abortion but I feared McCain's violent temper and low IQ. He is no military expert. His claim to fame is bailing out of airplanes he crashed. He was busy having sex in Pensacola training to be a pilot and learned very little. He was #892 out of 897 cadets at the naval academy so he is not smart or is very lazy. So Powell thought Obama better and at the time that seemed true. But Obama being a rookie newbie and a secret communist and a liar about everything from his Mombasa, kenyan birth to his Russian Academy of Sciences training to be a communist and atheist fooled all of us. For all on Obama from Mombasa, Kenya to Moscow USSR go to near the top of home page at http://catholicbook.com

Posted by: mascmen7 | January 23, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The Hillbillies here are the in rare form How Dare you Dismiss Colin Powell you inbred nothing! He has the right to say exactly what he wants!

Posted by: critic4u | January 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The Hillbillies here are the in rare form How Dare you Dismiss Colin Powell you inbred nothing! He has the right to say exactly what he wants!

Posted by: critic4u | January 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The Hillbillies here are the in rare form How Dare you Dismiss Colin Powell you inbred nothing! He has the right to say exactly what he wants!

Posted by: critic4u | January 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Who does Powell think he is? And who cares what he thinks.

Posted by: brigitte_sanz | January 23, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Who does Powell think he is? And who cares what he thinks.

Posted by: brigitte_sanz | January 23, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell seems like a nice man but no one cares what he thinks about the Presidential race at this point.

We all know he'll end up endorsing Obama at some point.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | January 23, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

bandmom22 wrote:

Face it - you're a racist.
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Let me guess 22 is your IQ and they let you use the computer as part of recess.

Colin Powell was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001–2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position.

He sold his soul to Bush and the GOP devil when he went on record defending Bush and the Iraq WMD myth.

And all you do is sit at home and watch Faux news and listen to Rush Limbaugh and post here thinking you're some patriot!

I bet you have never served a day in the military for your country!

Posted by: waxtraxs | January 23, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Time to retire, Mr. Powell.

Posted by: crabstu | January 23, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

There was a time when I wished that Powell would firmly decide whether he was going to be a public figure or disappear into the background. Now, after so much dithering on his part, so many fits and starts, I've sadly concluded that it should be the latter. You're either in the game or out of it, and his time to get out of it is overdue.

But I cannot condone use of the word 'lie' to describe the actions of Bush, Chaney, or Powell regarding the WMD question. That was indeed the view of the time in ours and allied intelligence services. And even in the Iraqi military, which was keenly disappointed when the promised weapons suddenly failed to exist.

Posted by: Three3 | January 23, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Give us a break with this Powell crap!

Powell, a hypocrite if ever there was one, promulgated his "doctrine" AFTER he meekly saluted the elder Bush (Wimpy) and acquiesced in halting coalition attacks on Baghdad, thus allowing Hussein to live and
kill and torture for another decade!

Military analysts today are in general agreement that this was a disastrous military action. They maintain that the coalition forces should have destroyed or captured Iraqi forces, toppled Saddam, placed (forced if necessary) Shiite resistance leaders in charge, then
departed Iraq.

Should Powell have resigned in protest?

We know that Powell was looking ahead to acquiring vast wealth from promised book contracts and speaking tours upon his retirement; thus he knew he had to toe the line if he wanted to live the gaudy lifestyle he enjoys today in exclusive McLean, Va.

But his reprehensible and weak "Yessir!" performance before the U.N. and the world pre- March 2003 revealed a man who failed to follow his own "advice." Brow-beaten by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice,
then-SECSTATE Powell delivered the administration's craven "justification" for invading Iraq, based, the world now knows, on lies, misinformation, and nonsensical data.

But in my mind, Powell is a failure MAINLY because he failed to follow standard military leadership practice. He did not double-check his information before going before the U.N. He says, today, that he
sensed his data and charts were weak, but he still saluted a Bush (Chimpy) and did our White House war criminal's dirty work.

Thus ended Powell's carefully crafted persona of a model general officer -- FOREVER!

That's the REAL Colin Powell story.

So, let's read no more hagiography about this faux "leader."

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 23, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Give us a break with this Powell crap!

Powell, a hypocrite if ever there was one, promulgated his "doctrine" AFTER he meekly saluted the elder Bush (Wimpy) and acquiesced in halting coalition attacks on Baghdad, thus allowing Hussein to live and
kill and torture for another decade!

Military analysts today are in general agreement that this was a disastrous military action. They maintain that the coalition forces should have destroyed or captured Iraqi forces, toppled Saddam, placed (forced if necessary) Shiite resistance leaders in charge, then
departed Iraq.

Should Powell have resigned in protest?

We know that Powell was looking ahead to acquiring vast wealth from promised book contracts and speaking tours upon his retirement; thus he knew he had to toe the line if he wanted to live the gaudy lifestyle he enjoys today in exclusive McLean, Va.

But his reprehensible and weak "Yessir!" performance before the U.N. and the world pre- March 2003 revealed a man who failed to follow his own "advice." Brow-beaten by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice,
then-SECSTATE Powell delivered the administration's craven "justification" for invading Iraq, based, the world now knows, on lies, misinformation, and nonsensical data.

But in my mind, Powell is a failure MAINLY because he failed to follow standard military leadership practice. He did not double-check his information before going before the U.N. He says, today, that he
sensed his data and charts were weak, but he still saluted a Bush (Chimpy) and did our White House war criminal's dirty work.

Thus ended Powell's carefully crafted persona of a model general officer -- FOREVER!

That's the REAL Colin Powell story.

So, let's read no more hagiography about this faux "leader."

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 23, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I have always admired Colin Powell and considered him to be a wonderful representative for this country. Sadly, he squandered that good will and affection when he allowed himself to be manipulated and exploited by Dick Cheny and Bush in that disasterous UN presentation. He knew better, but went ahead and did it anyway. That was a horrible stain on this great nation's reputation and credibility that will take decades to recover. Egregious mistakes like that, unfortunately, cannot be easily forgiven or overlooked. As a career military officer, I'm sure General Powell understands this. I guess in the media's desire to forget their embarassing role in the Iraq invasion and afterwards, they're quick to give a pass to Mr. Powell. Collective amnesia for them, perhaps, but not for Americans who follow such matters seriously.

Posted by: DCsandiego | January 23, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Well. It is interesting that despite a mediocre career Mr. Powell's opinion still matters? For having told a bald-face fabrication of the Iraqi WMD threat to the UN, he is remarkably unscathed. Who is asking for his opinion here? Hopefully, it is not some political strategist exploiting Mr. Powell's credential as a black politician. More important, hopefully Mr. Powell understands that he kinda blew his legacy and is just being used at this point.

Posted by: longjohns | January 23, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama needs Colin Powell to endorse his Democrat 2012 re-election campaign. Powell “holding out” makes it more interesting. Colin can get more publicity for Obama by comparing two African Americans and getting Colin Powell to make favorable assessments of Obama despite his record and bent to continue hard core leftist politics.

Set aside responsibilities of President. Obama starts his 2012 re-election campaign. Its not “old blue eyes” sing Chicago, Chicago, it’s my kind of town but it is also Rahm Emanuel campaign song to lead the Chicago Democrat political machine Union bosses and lefts organizations with the support of Obama’s money people.

The House change from Democrats to Republicans came about by the American voters. Uncontrolled Obama spending of U.S. taxpayers dollars expands dependency on government and destroys private initiative. Continue spending drives government into debt and increasing taxes on the people and leads to a community controlled state of government.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 23, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This article is a rather warped interpretation of Colin Powell's comments on the President. Another example of the Post's silent war on Obama.

Posted by: BigTight33 | January 23, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

bandmom22 said : please Mr Powell. Of course, you'll back Obama in 2012 just like you did in 2008. It's racial with you - that is patently obvious.

There is no way you would have backed a white democrat with the paucity of experience that Obama had.

Face it - you're a racist.

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I doubt Powell is a racist.

But it's clear to me that you are.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | January 23, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Ethnic minority Republicans, including myself - I am a mixed ethnic minority Republican, too - are growing in number all the time."

Listen buddy. Putting a TOKEN in place to win support of the huddled masses of a community and actually REPRESENTING the needs of a community are two very different things.

Rattle off all the names you want. The GOP votes purely corporate (read: non-minority) interests on every issue that is presented.

And they vote as a block...every GOP member votes the same on each issue. So it doesn't matter who you, as a citizen, vote into office in the GOP, they all vote the same anyways. You could elect Porky pig and he'd vote identically to Boehner on every issue...even if it meant slaughtering some of Porky's fellow pigs.

The GOP is a sham all around. And defending it is a stab at democracy itself. The intent of democracy is to represent the wide variety of opinions in a representative community. Voting as a block is the ultimate antithesis of democracy and it bastardizes the system the forefathers of this country originally created. When you are elected as a member of the GOP, your vote is a one stop shop for corporate interests to "lobby".

At least Dems vote their heart/conscience. Yes it makes for a weaker party...but it makes for a stronger country. The GOP only votes for their party. The party of making the rich richer.

So buy into the token methodology the "new GOP" is selling you. As usual, the GOP gets their way by out thinking the critical mass of weak minded Americans.

They clearly out thought you.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | January 23, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Ad hominem attacks on General Powell serve to obscure the fact that he is a general and is very good at sizing up the situation. He went for Obama who seemed safe but Obama tricked us so do not blame General Powell. McCain was unqualified also as he has an uncontrollable temper which coupled with our Sarah would have made for a dangerous situation that would involve more troops at war. I voted for McCain/Palin only because of Obama being an abortionist Kenyan. I love John Thune in theory but he has said zero attacking Obama spending and whether he would attack the deficit but Newt Gingrich and Bachmann do say it so at present I would vote for Gingrich, Second Ron Paul or Michelle Bachmann.

Posted by: mascmen7 | January 23, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh please Mr Powell. Of course, you'll back Obama in 2012 just like you did in 2008. It's racial with you - that is patently obvious.

There is no way you would have backed a white democrat with the paucity of experience that Obama had.

Face it - you're a racist.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 23, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Even with his UN presentation, I have great respect for Colin Powell. It is obvious from the quotes that he is still fond of President Obama. He is correct when he states that we elected a human being, not superman. We not only elected a human being to do a superman job, but almost half the American people along with their Congressmen decided that they wanted to complain only. When the boat is sinking is not time to withhold one's willingness to serve because to do so is to help the guy now in charge. Republicans in Congress fail to understand the vote in 2010 as much as some Democrats do. Personally, I do not understand how people can reward do-nothings with their votes. The stark reality is that Democrats can play the Republican brand of politics and do it very well. However, Democrats have rarely felt that doing this is in the best interest of the country.

I liken the Republican politics to the woman who appeared before Solomon and wanted him to split the baby in half to keep the child's real mother from getting the baby.

Posted by: EarlC | January 23, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Good Day,

things are what they seem to be in no one's mind.

The United States doesn't represent the people. We had a brief period during which it did, but the structures that allowed the people to have a voice have been erased by the dishonesty of a few, and the stupidity of the many.

Even Powell was tricked into participating in the duplicities of his superiors in name only, and getting his hands dirty. He wouldn't want to be rubbing shoulders with what passes for governmental types nowadays.

Posted by: afraidofme | January 23, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I think the problem with this post is that people assume Colin Powell is respected. He may once have been, but that was before his lies to the UN started a war we are still paying the price of, as will our grandchildren.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | January 23, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"Powell holds tremendous sway with the wild swaths of powerful black republicans. All 2 of them.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | January 23, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse"

Figures you're a Washington fan. You need to check your facts. 32 black people pursued elected office as Republicans in 2010 and some of them won. So did a number of Latinos and several people of other ethnic minority backgrounds.
Look up the names Bobby Jindal, Nimrata Haley, Allen West, Van Tran, Susana Martinez, Lou Huddleston, Jaime Herrera, Jennifer Carroll, David Castillo, and quite a few other names on top of that sometime and learn the truth. Ethnic minority Republicans, including myself - I am a mixed ethnic minority Republican, too - are growing in number all the time.

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | January 23, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It wasnt mendacity--or even cowardice--but credulity...best defense is to dismantle hegemonism, apply savings to debt & deficit, invest in 'subtilities', etc...still, no nation is immortal--our demise will surely come.

Posted by: greenchoyss | January 23, 2011 12:34 PM
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This early in the day?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 23, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

***Right now I do not see on the Republican side any one individual that will emerge at the top of the pile," Powell said"""

Top of the pile? I think Powell really meant top of the dung-heap.

Posted by: Jerryvov | January 23, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortuanate that all the qualified candidates for President are Democrats and all the rabble rousers are Republicans. Powell is a statesman and was put in the unfortunate position of promoting the Bush/Cheney lie to start a war that benefitted Haliburton.

Posted by: msjn1 | January 23, 2011 12:48 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortuanate that all the qualified candidates for President are Democrats and all the rabble rousers are Republicans. Powell is a statesman and was put in the unfortunate position of promating the Bush/Cheney lie to start a war that benefitted Haliburton.

Posted by: msjn1 | January 23, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I watched the interview, and I heard Powell be by and large, very complimentary of what the president had done. Interesting negative interpretation by this writer.

Posted by: bpotter110 | January 23, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if everyone should call a press conference upon deciding whom to vote for?

Posted by: PatMaGroyn | January 23, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Powell holds tremendous sway with the wild swaths of powerful black republicans. All 2 of them.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | January 23, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It wasnt mendacity--or even cowardice--but credulity...best defense is to dismantle hegemonism, apply savings to debt & deficit, invest in 'subtilities', etc...still, no nation is immortal--our demise will surely come.

Posted by: greenchoyss | January 23, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting how this article (and headline) emphasized the negative, while other media reports were more positive in reporting Powell's comments. Why is this? Dare the paper explain this? Who says news isn't slanted?

Posted by: clarkesq | January 23, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

God bless anyone who consciously wants to be the President Of the US. It's a very tough job. Not even a Fortune 500 CEO compares to the job of running these here United States of American.

Posted by: Pstacy | January 23, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

As a former Army officer, I used to respect Powell as having both high intelligence and integrity. I used to go hear him talk whenever I could when I lived in DC.

After he sold out to Lord Cheney and lied to the UN, he has no respect from nor credibility with me.

I wonder if he still has that little cocaine vial of "yellowcake" he waived before the work in NYC while doing Cheney's bidding.

Posted by: areyousaying | January 23, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

And Mr Powell, what have you done lately to warrant being in a position to judge President Obama's performance? I recall you were the Bush point man for that ill-fated presentation to the United Nations on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. I recommend you maintain a low profile and stay out of the fray. You have a lousy track record on exercising good judgement.

Posted by: johngg49 | January 23, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Amen to all three previous posts. Sit down and shut up, Powell. It's the least you can do to make amends for your egregious lying about Iraq that has sent hundreds of thousands to early graves.

Posted by: getsmart4 | January 23, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. He is irrelevant. He had his 15 minutes of fame lying to the UN about WMD during the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz neocon wingnut administration.

Posted by: group5 | January 23, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Ever since Powell's "performance" before the UN, spinning Bush's transparent lies about WMD in Iraq, I have ceased caring what he thinks about anything.

Posted by: Jihm | January 23, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

So who cares if Powell doesn't back Pres O in 2012? What kind of crazy article is this? Where does the Post come up with this malarkey? WHo cares what Newt Gingrich or Haley Barbour think? These men don't affect us nationally. The GOP is really desperate for people to put out there and so far, they haven't found anyone palatable.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | January 23, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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