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When asked to rate the progress made by President Barack Obama two years into his term of office, retired General Colin Powell said this Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union:

“He’s got a way to go. I mean he hasn’t achieved all of his purposes, but he’s stabilized the economy. … Whether you approve of health care or not, he took on that challenge, which is a major issue for the American people. … I think he has reached out to countries around the world and has developed good relations. … He’s working very hard on the issue of unemployment, which I think is the major problem facing America right now and I hope this will be the centerpiece of the state of the union speech.”

Powell, who was secretary of state under George W. Bush, had this to say about the high hopes and expectations the international community had when President Obama took office:

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