Skip Nav
JK Rowling
32 Ways Harry Potter Taught Us the Magic of Love
The Perks of Getting Married in Your Early 20s
The Royals
The Truth About How Much Those Princess Diana Beanie Babies Are Really Worth

Colin Powell Endorses Obama on Meet the Press

Gen. Colin Powell Endorses a Candidate on Meet the Press

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?


Join The Conversation
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Suga - It bothers me that Obama is referred to as simply "black" only because it seems misleading...I didn't know he was biracial until about a year ago. And I think biracial is a more PC term than mulatto...that just sounds like a term used back in the 1800s to describe the offspring of white slavemasters and a black slave. That's just my opinion though...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
UnDave: The military bases which you refer to were closed due to a post Cold War global community. Military spending began to decline in the last term of Pres. George H. W. Bush and continued through the Clinton administration. Both Presidents did what any other President would have done. Why have all of these bases if the threat doesn't warrant the spending? Do you think keeping a Cold War size military would have protected us better from terrorism? IMO terrorism offense is best fought through NSA, CIA, FBI and Military (special operations) but not a vast spread out Cold War size military. At the time it was wasteful spending and both Presidents did what they should have done as a reflection of the times.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I am hoping, with this boost of support from a prominent political figure, that the election is Obama's to lose :-)
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
That's right, CaterpillarGirl...I hadn't thought of that example. It doesn't bother me who is what--I think it's so stupid to care, but the inaccuracy of referring to someone as something they aren't bugs me. I've got native american and caucasian in me but I'm definitely referred to as caucasian...
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
That has bothered me the entire time, that he is referred to as black, when he isn't. Isn't mulatto the proper term? It doesn't matter to me what color anybody is, it's just the accuracy of the whole thing that has bugged me. I have native american in me, and caucasian too, but I am definitely referred to as white. I dunno, it's a little odd!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
suga just like Halle Berry is the first black woman to recieve an oscar for best actress...but she isnt....
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
I have never had a problem with Colin Powell. Funny story: I was in Normandy 6 years ago, at the American cemetary, and both Bush and the former president of France were there to speak, and I had a really bad cold. I was sitting on the end of the aisle, and when I went to sneeze, my elbow flew out...and hit Colin Powell as he was walking by with security. EMBARASSING. I could not apologize enough! That being said, the only reason it has crossed my mind that his endorsement is at all race-related is because he was also heard to make a statement regarding his being especially proud because he's (Barack) African American, etc., etc. Btw, does anybody ever take umbrage to the idea that Barack's not actually black, but people refer to him like he is? Just curious, cuz he's actually half-white (his mother).
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
Clearly, all the people who accuse Obama or any mainstream Democrat in this country of being a "Socialist": a) have never studied what that actually means; b) have never even looked at platforms of political parties or elections in other countries; c) have not compared the Democratic Party platform and the Socialist Party platform in this country (yes, there is a Socialist Party here); and d) are really excited about using Socialism as a big scary word, and celebrating ignorance.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Finally, didn't we have a substantial surplus when that Democratic President left office." Hypno - I just want to point out that Clinton got his "surplus" at the expense of the department of defense. It's shameful the way he closed bases and pulled the rug out from under people, both in the military and civillian support. These base closings cost the American people 10's of thousands jobs.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I forgot that powell even existed till i saw him "dancing" the other day. I personally could care less who he backs. Do you really think it will persuade anyone to vote Obama?
Jinx Jinx 8 years
It wasn't so much an endorsement, as it was a non endorsement of McCain.
meringue meringue 8 years
Politics is a very personal thing, we all draw from different life experiences...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
*I feel we all need more of that around here sometimes ;) especially as Election Day draws near!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Have already written it down in my list of books to buy the next time I'm at Borders! Meringue, thank you for your civility, by the way. I feel I came on a bit aggressive in discussing this with you, so I apologize if that was the case, and I do appreciate you being able to disagree politely. :)
meringue meringue 8 years
I suggest you do read it, it is excellent, and again, we can politely disagree :)
ceej ceej 8 years
The image of the US will change considerably if Obama is made president, that is for certain.
meringue meringue 8 years
My immediate concern is that with the democratic policy and the economic bailout is putting the american people in the same situation as we have placed many countries around the world by crippling them with loans and therefore making them indefinitely indebted to the US. Unfortunately, it is already happening, I just wish that it not become any worse...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I haven't read that, but it sounds interesting, so perhaps I will :) "the role of the US around the world is not going to change regardless of who is president" No, I do have to disagree there as well. Should we elect leadership that is more open and willing to explore avenues of diplomacy rather than neoconservative bullying, our role could absolutely change. Anyway, though--11 pm here, and time for me to get ready for bed :)
ceej ceej 8 years
Yes, Bill Ayers was involved in something heinous 40 years ago, may I remind you so was Nelson Mandela. This is a spurious argument that has been covered exhaustively and is without merit.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Meringue, I really do see that we'll have to agree to disagree, so one last thing and then I'm outta here ;) If you had to work on a school project with a group, and there's a kid who could be in the group who had a criminal record, but happened to be really good at precisely what your project had to accomplish, would that kid's record make you refuse to work with him? If you did work with him because you were assigned to his group, would you consider yourself tarnished by having worked with a kid with a criminal record, even though what you worked on had nothing to do with his juvie past? It's not a great analogy, but I think it fits.
meringue meringue 8 years
Jude, I understand, no one is without blame...the role of the US around the world is not going to change regardless of who is president, I assume you have read 'Confessions of an Economic Hitman'
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think it was Imabeliever who came up with the comprehensive list of dubious McCain associations. I only brought up the one I did to illustrate that all politicians sometimes end up working with problematic people. But about Ayers in particular, does that then implicate everyone else he's ever worked with, and the students he taught?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I don't want to go here, because, again I don't think this is particularly relevant, but on the subject of dubious associations: "In the 1980s, McCain served on the advisory board to the U.S. chapter of an international group linked to ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. The U.S. Council for World Freedom aided rebels trying to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua. That landed the group in the middle of the Iran-Contra affair and in legal trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, which revoked the charitable organization's tax exemption. The council created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league's chairman." Source: AP
meringue meringue 8 years
Yes, a professor, and a very liberal one. I would in fact feel weary about anyone who would associate with such a person. Regardless of party, it is a matter of judgement.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Honestly this whole Ayers issue has got my panties in a bunch. Sen. Obama has denounced Ayers actions. Sen. Obama worked with Ayers during their association for a common goal that was good and acceptable to all Americans. Sen. Obama is not responsible for Ayers history nor should he allow Ayers history to impede his goal of doing the peoples work. If I were in his shoes and someone I had to work with to get something done for a cause I believe in did something 40 years in their past that was awful I'll be damned if that's going to stop me from doing good in the here and now. All right I need a drink we're walking down the hill to the Castro to boogie and throw back a few martini's. Night everyone.
Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco Interview
Obama and Family Values
Barack Obama Facebook Post on Trump Ending DACA
Obama Laughs at Baby Dressed as Pope and Gives Him Top Prize
From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds