Can everybody in the world please stop referring to Powell as a “Republican” now? Probably not:
Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term Thursday, telling “CBS This Morning” that he voted for Obama in 2008 but this time was going further and publicly backing him.
“We’ve come out of the dive and we’re starting to gain altitude,” Powell said. “The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing, but I see that we’re starting to rise up.”
Powell said that when Obama 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.”
Reuters doesn’t plan to stop calling him a Republican any time soon:
“I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” the Republican, who also backed Obama in 2008, told “CBS This Morning,” adding, “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”
Just a few months after Obama took office Powell expressed dismay that the president he voted for wasn’t being more fiscally responsible, but I guess Powell figures that Obama has since redeemed himself by only running up $5 trillion in debt in his term with four consecutive years of trillion-plus deficits: