(CNN) - Forget saying the president took a shellacking in the midterm elections, Gen. Colin Powell thinks it was a "body blow"
"The American people are losing some focus on President Obama, what he's trying to do," Powell said in an interview Monday on CNN's "Larry King Live." "When you look at the election results … I think it was more than a shellacking. I think it was a real body blow that he now has to reflect on and figure out how to come back."
When asked if he would serve as Obama's chief of staff, Powell, who served as secretary of state under former President George W. Bush and supported Obama in the 2008 election, said he has "no interest."
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell suggested on CNN that Obama pick Powell as his next chief of staff, but Powell turned the table right back.
"Governor Rendell would make a great chief of staff," Powell said. "This is the first chance I've had to suggest that Ed Rendell is an accomplished politician, accomplished governor, mayor of a great city."