powellRetired Gen. Colin Powell, a moderate Republican who endorsed President Obama in 2008, said he believes the president has lost "some of his ability to connect" with the American people by taking on too many problems at once instead of focusing solely on the economy and jobs.
"The president… has to, I think, shift the way he has been doing things," Powell told NBC's "Meet the Press." "There are so many rocks in our knapsack now that we're having trouble carrying it." Obama, he said, has to, "like a razor blade," focus on the single most-important issue facing the country: the nation's rising unemployment rate.
At the same time, Powell cautioned Obama's critics to "think carefully" about their attacks on the president, advising Republicans to stick to criticism of Obama's policies rather than peddling conspiracies about his religion and birthplace. "This is not helpful," Powell said. "If you want to attack the president, attack him. Let's not go down low… Let's attack him on policy, not nonsense."Read More »from Powell: Obama has lost ‘some of his ability to connect’