Colin Powell Endorses Obama

Powell made it clear he has respect and admiration for the Republican, but, he questioned John McCain’s judgement on the campagin trail, citing McCain’s “unsure” response to the economic crisis, his questionable pick of Sarah Palin to fill out the Republican ticket, and his party’s “narrow” focus on Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers.

He also made it clear it’s not just a vote against John McCain. “I strongly believe that at this point in America’s history, we need a president that will not just continue basically the policies we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change,” Powell explained.

For his part, Obama has praised Powell on the campaign trail. Back in April before he secured his party’s nomination, Obama told reporters, “I think Colin Powell is an outstanding public servant. He’s somebody I’ve known for a long time and have extraordinary respect for. We are not speaking on a regular basis, but we speak occasionally and every time we do, I find it very useful because he’s somebody who I think has good judgment, loves his country, you know is somebody who’s council I actively seek.”

Powell will not campaign for or with Obama and is not interested in returning to government, but didn’t rule it out either.

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6 thoughts on “Colin Powell Endorses Obama

  1. The interesting thing is that pundits are saying that by Powell endorsing Obama, it affirms that this IS about race. Pretty whack that if a black man supports another black man its b/c of a common skin tone opposed to ones supported ideology. Furthermore, so what if he supports him b/c he is black? No one says anything about the McCain supporters that are only voting for McCain b/c he IS white and they do NOT want a black president!

    The last observed irony I will express is that white people own ALL of the media stations (CNN, MSNBC etc…) so who trully has an issue with race?

    Gimme a black…ooops I mean a break 🙂 !!

  2. The focus and energy by all needs to get to the foundational question of who is the better candidate to lead our country — hands down that person is Obama. He is articulate, intelligent, well thought and spoken, does his homework, has values that are grounded and focused in the right areas, is balanced with a dose of compassion and has the drive to get the job done. He brings a freshness to an office that can’t continue to do what has been done and expect different results. Wouldn’t we be better served if we put our focus on what we can / will do to support his talent in moving our country forward?

  3. I agree, and to answer your question, “yes”. But who is the “we”?

    “We” try to place more emphasis on the aforementioned accolades but somehow the conversation regresses to “race” by the majority part of “we”. The part that wants that to the issues that shant be.

  4. Ah, good question. I offer the following — and for the record, you get at the crux of the very issue in your second paragraph. I use ‘we’ as a generality — as in ‘we’ the people/public.

    I must begin by contending your use of the ‘majority we’ as nay Sayers, rather point to the media as perpetuating the negativity surrounding the talent and skills of Obama, in this case. The media is always and simply out to generate hype and sell stations, papers, radio, etc. It is the squeaky wheel that is heard, and the media is just that. The media then represents this portion of the ‘we’ that stirs the race card and keeps the pot stirring.

    We know the majority of Americans, per the polls, support Obama, and thus represent the ‘we’ that emphasize the positive attributes and strengths Obama will bring to Office. My point is that if the collective ‘we’ would come together and focus on supporting such talent in moving our country forward, we’d be a lot better off than standing divided — the pot stirrers and the reactors. This expends far too much energy on a vicious cycle rather than on the good that can be, and the energy required to impact the change our country needs.

  5. Great point, BUT the intial comment was derrived from the perspective of race and the “who” is those that control the media from a race perspetive. The media/pundits are playing games as usual.

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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