April 5th, 2009
11:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Welch gives high marks to Obama

(CNN) - He was a supporter of former Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and John McCain, but former GE CEO Jack Welch said Sunday President Obama deserves high marks for his initial months as commander-in-chief.

In an interview with CNN's John King on State of The Union, Welch said he continues to disagree with many of Obama's policies, but said the new president deserves "an 'A' in terms of leadership.”

"[I] like the way he's expressing a vision, the way he's brought a team together," Welch said. "He's done the vision thing, he's a great communicator and he's got a team-building skill that is really working."

Welch also had high praise for Obama's performance during his trip abroad, calling the president's recent town-hall meeting in Strasbourg, France "masterful."

"He didn't make one misstep - I thought his press conference in Strasbourg was an incredible job. The idea of explaining American exceptionalism in the context of Europe was as masterful a speech as I've ever heard."

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  1. Floyd in New York

    Denise April 5th, 2009 12:08 pm ET

    I've never been more proud of our President as I have been of Obama.


    You should have been around when Ronald Reagan was president!

    April 5, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Jason

    GOOD LORD....Where has this guy been hiding? Obama has done a POOR job. Please tell me what the Prez has done to deserve these high marks? Anyone know? I would love to hear about them.

    April 5, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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