Obama: Powell Would Advise Me

Role could be formal or informal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2008 9:30 AM CDT
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell addresses a crowd in Providence, RI, Tuesday, July 1, 2008.    (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – Officially or otherwise, Colin Powell would have a place in a Barack Obama White House, the presidential frontrunner said yesterday. The former secretary of state “will be one of my advisers,” Obama told Today. “Whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that's a good fit for him, is something we'd have to discuss.” Powell endorsed Obama Sunday, but said he wasn’t after a job, the New York Daily News reports.

“I'm not anxious” for such work, Powell said on Meet the Press. But "if the president asks you to do something, you have to consider it."