Colin Powell decries ‘nonsense’ attacks on Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a moderate Republican who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, says the president’s critics should be going after him on policy, not “nonsense.”

“Fringe” elements on the right are taking a low road when they label Obama a foreign-born Muslim and peddle other theories about non-American influences on the president’s character, Powell said Sunday. Obama was born in the U.S. and is Christian.

The former secretary of state said he still sees Obama as a transformational figure, if one who has lost some of his ability to connect with people.

Powell welcomed Obama’s policies in health care and education while saying the president may have taken on too many problems at once and not done enough to control the deficit.

“There are so many rocks in our knapsack now that we’re having trouble carrying it,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Powell said the tea party may not become an enduring force unless it moves beyond slogans and promotes an agenda that people “can see, touch and actually believe in.” It’s not enough, he said, to call for goals that most Americans support, such as controlled federal spending and adherence to the Constitution.

And in challenging Obama, Powell said, “Let’s not go down low. … Let’s attack him on policy, not nonsense.”

Powell says he’s not giving up on the GOP, despite its rightward drift, and says it might actually help Obama if Republicans win the House in November and gain responsibility for driving policy, not just opposing Democrats at every turn.

  • libertyatstake

    Decent (not great) general. Terrible politician. Essentially a bureaucrat that makes a good employee for someone else with vision. Powell needs to recede into the past with the rest of the milquetoast Bush admin (and I include YOU, Rove).

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • moira1987

    The problem with Powell’s statements is that he’s responding to the media’s biased portrayal of the Tea Party rather than to what the Tea Party is actually doing and saying. Apparently he’s starting with the premise that MSNBC’s version of the Tea Party is a fair and accurate portrayal and then he endorses that false view. What he should be doing is taking a closer look at the relentless attempts by the media to distort the views of the Tea Party and to portray Tea Partiers as “scary extremists.” Powell should also acknowledge that almost all of the anti-Obama criticisms that he calls “nonsense” originated in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It was Clinton who outed Obama over Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, the birth certificate, etc. etc.

    I expect General Powell to be savvy enough to NOT allow himself to be played by the Left.

  • Yarbels

    If you look up the definition of Affirmative Action then look up the definition of racism you will see that Obama is a racist. That is a simple fact. What no replies? Ha ha go away you losers and don’t come back until you have something to say other than quoting Obozo’s talking points!

    • flips

      Obama was editor of the Harvard Law Review by his 20s. Can you match that?

      Affirmative Action?

      More like Meritocracy.

      Tea Baggers fear competing with smart people of color who work so hard.

      • riseabove

        Why is it all right to call them derogatory names but they’re crucified if they do it?

      • moira1987

        Tea Baggers fear competing with smart people of color who work so hard.

        Nonsense statements like this (plus a lot of thumb-sucking) help kool-aid drinking wingnuts like “flips” sleep at night.

      • jonavark

        “Tea Baggers fear competing with smart people of color who work so hard”

        Well.. I think flips has flipped into a true Scorp.

        I will translate the statement above.:

        I am a racist white hater.. it is OK to ignore everything I say from here on in.

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  • fourleafclover

    Powell’s support for Obama comes from the fact that they both consider themselves black. It all comes down to race. If Obama was white he wouldn’t support him. The same goes for Oprah Winfrey. Not hiring Americans to work on his house is enough for me to throw Powell in the trash.

  • cl696

    He has his own liberal agenda…forget about him and move on.

  • flips

    Dissing another black man. Calling a GOP hero a RINO.

    Nice job Tea Party.

    That will help you reach out to the mainstream and people of color in the general elections.