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The problems will always be there, and there's going to be a crisis come along in the 21st or 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now.
Originally posted by Night Watchman
Powell is responding to Tom Brokaw's question which asked what he would tell the new President if here were summoned to the Oval Office on "Jaunuary 21st or 22nd."
He clearly meant that the new President will face challenges after his Inauguration that are yet unknown.
Nothing to see here.
MR. BROKAW: If you were called into the Oval Office on January 21st by the new president, whoever it happens to be, and he said to you, "General Powell, I need from you your recommendation on where I begin. What should be my priorities?" Where would you start?
GEN. POWELL: I would start with talking to the American people and talking to the world, and conveying a new image of American leadership, a new image of America's role in the world.
The problems will always be there, and there's going to be a crisis come along in the 21st or 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now. And so I think what the president has to do is to start using the power of the Oval Office and the power of his personality to convince the American people and to convince the world that America is solid, America is going to move forward, and we're going to fix our economic problems, we're going to meet our overseas obligations. But restoring a sense of purpose, a sense of confidence in the American people and, in the international community, in America.