On Meet the Press moments ago, former Secretary of State Colin Powell laid out first his reasons, and then his much-anticipated endorsement. Powell said that Obama had been showing intellectual vigor and displaying concern for all of the country and the issues people care about, while he was concerned by McCain's seeming constant changing of ideas on how to solve problems. He said though Gov. Palin was to be respected she was not ready to be the president, which is "the job of vice president."
Continuing, he expressed dismay over the Ayers tactic and the robocalls happening about him, saying, "this goes too far. It makes the McCain campaign look too narrow." Adding the party has moved too far to the right, something else that he was troubled with. After telling a stunning story about a picture of a mother at her son's headstone in Arlington cemetery who was a 20-year-old soldier of the Muslim faith, and he expressed extreme disappointment that the faith seems to being used in the campaign as a synonym for terrorism or anti-Americanism.
Then he said it. To see who he endorsed,
Powell said, "I've come to the conclusion because of his ability to inspire. . . as well as his substance. . . he has met the standard of being an exceptional president. I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama." Speaking of the consideration of race behind his choice, Powell said if that was the only consideration, he could have made that decision long ago.Then he said of an Obama presidency that, "all Americans should be proud, not just African-Americans, that we have reached this point in our country."
What do you think of Powell's endorsement?