Sunday, October 19, 2008

American Hero, General Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama for President!

American Hero, General Colin Powell, one of the country's most respected Republicans, stunned both parties on Sunday by strongly endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, laying out a blistering, detailed critique of the modern GOP. Powell said the election of Obama would "electrify the world."
Today, on Meet the Press he said:
ENDORSING OBAMA: "We've got two individuals — either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now — which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time.. not just continue the policies we have been following in recent years. And I come to the conclusion to support Barack Obama because of his ability to inspire, because of the INCLUSIVE nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities — and you have to take that into account — as well as his substance — he has both style and substance, he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president."
McCAIN´s JUDGEMENT & VP SELECTION: Powell said that he is "troubled" by the direction of the Republican Party, and said he began to doubt Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. "Not just small towns have values," he said, responding to one of Palin's signature lines. "She's a very distinguished woman, and she's to be admired," he said. "But at the same, now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question .. as to the judgment that Senator McCain made."

McCAIN & DIRTY POLITICS: General Powell also criticized McCain´s kitchen sink strategy of dirty politics, robo-calling, claims of socialist, muslim and his campaign for invoking the former domestic terrorist William Ayers. "Sen. McCain says Ayers is a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him?" Powell asked. "They're trying to connect Obama to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate," Powell said. "Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift." Powell said, "I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that Obama's a Muslim and might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point," Powell said. "We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."
McCAIN & The ECONOMY: Powell said that as he watched McCain, the Republican “was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems that we were having, and almost every day, there was a different approach to the problem, and that concerned me, sensing that he didn't have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had."Powell said a big job of the new president will be “conveying a new image of American leadership, a new image of America’s role in the world. 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 … restoring a sense of purpose,” he said.
OBAMA - A TRANSFORMATIONAL FIGURE: "I think Barack Obama is a transformational figure," Powell said. "He is a new generation coming ... onto the world stage and on the American stage. And for that reason, I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama." Powell, once considered likely to be the nation's first African-American presidential nominee, said his decision was not about race. "If I had only had race in mind, I could have done this six, eight, 10 months ago. I really have been going back and forth between somebody I have the highest respect and regard for, John McCain and somebody I was getting to know, Barack Obama. And it was only in the last couple of months that I settled on this. I can't deny that it will be a historic event when an African-American becomes president. And should that happen, all Americans should be proud — not just African-American, but all Americans — that we have reached this point in our national history where such a thing could happen. It would also not only electrify the country, but electrify the world."
General Colin Powell, a four-star Army general, was national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf war, when George H.W. Bush was president; and was President George W. Bush’s first secretary of State.


Dee said...

General Powell is a true American hero and is very brave to support Sen. Obama as president knowing the bashing he will take from his own party.

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Dee said...

I agree with the great General Powell,

"I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the vice president. And so that raised some question .. as to the judgment that Senator McCain made."

its just me said...

Great post! I'm glad you stated and mentioned all the facts.

Dee said...

Its Just Me,
Thank you! I am so glad you visited my blog and I hope you come back often.
All sides discuss Immigration and Politics civilly on my blog.
I like your website and if its ok with you, I will link to it on my blogroll. I hope you do the same!


Tamara said...

Just curious Dee, would you still consider Colin to be a true American hero if he had endorsed McCain? I doubt it.

Dee said...

You are wrong.
I have always thought highly of General Powell. I like to study biographies in my spare time.

If you spend any amount of time on my blog, you know I love American success stories, people who raised themselves from their bootstraps and achieved the American Dream!

Gen. Powell was born in Harlem. He attended ROTC in college and went into the Army as a Lt. He served in Vietnam and went on to higher ranks in the military until he attained the rank of general. He has served our nation proudly.

Again, if you are a long time reader of my blog, you know my famiy has long served and honored the military, from WW2, to Korea, to Vietnam, to Iraq. My family has proudly served! And I admire Gen. Powell for his years of service.

Dee said...

Actually, of all the Republican Presidential candidates, I thought McCain was the best. In fact I wrote a blog saying of all the Repub candidates he would have the best chance of winning.

I always admired his military service. I know he made some mistakes in his political life and he has admittedly said he is not an economic guru. This hurt him. There are two areas that made me very disappointed in him. Like Gen. Powell said, it was:
1. His VP selection, especially in these dire times.
2. His kitchen sink dirty politics strategy when he promised he would not go there.

Liquidmicro said...

But would you have created and posted a topic admiring him as you have, if he had went with McCain instead? That is the question that was posed.

The answer would be probably not, if you are honest.

Dee said...

Sorry Liquid. She asked if I would still admire him if he had endorsed McCain. My answer: YES.

In answer to your question, would I have posted a blog if he had supported McCain, I would say most likely NOT. But then again, I might have done some research and looked for a spin.

Liquidmicro said...
But would you have created and posted a topic admiring him as you have, if he had went with McCain instead? That is the question that was posed.

The answer would be probably not, if you are honest.

October 21, 2008 7:21 PM

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