byÂ Meenal VamburkarÂ |mediaite.com
On Tuesday night, former Secretary of StateÂ Colin PowellÂ paid a visit toÂ Sean Hannity. While Powellâ€™s refrained from making an endorsement in this general election cycle, Hannity recalled his 2008 endorsement of President Barack Obama, and said he didnâ€™t understand it. The two were in disagreement over Obamaâ€™s divisiveness, with Powell lamenting the lack of compromise in politics today.
Hannity noted Powellâ€™s work withÂ Ronald Reagan, and said he didnâ€™t understand â€” given Reaganâ€™s thoughts on limited government â€” how Powell endorsed Obama four years ago. Powell said heâ€™d considered it very carefully, but felt Obama was better for the job, despite having the highest regard for his opponent.
While revisiting 2008, Hannity also brought up Powellâ€™s criticism of those attacking Obama by bringing up Bill Ayers, or by calling him a socialist. He endorsed Obama because of his â€œinclusiveness,â€ Hannity said, but now the Obama campaign attacks Republicans for their opposition to government involvement in health care and the like. â€œI find him one of the most divisive figures that Iâ€™ve witnessed in politics today,â€ Hannity said.
Powell didnâ€™t quite agree with that. What was divisive, he said, was when a number of commentators and pundits said they were set to destroy Obama after he was inaugurated. Powell further dismissed Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright as not being defining or significant issues. The people heard all the attacks, he said, but they still elected Obama president.
â€œPolitics is tough stuff,â€ Powell said. Politics today, he said, sometimes seems like â€œitâ€™s all about winning, not about compromising.â€ He asked, â€œHow is the country going to workâ€ if nobody compromises? That, he said, it what we need more of today.
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