Colin Powell endorses Obama

President Bush's first secretary of State, President George H. W. Bush's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and President Reagan's national security advisor endorsed Sen. Obama on Meet the Press this morning.

I could be dead wrong, but I think it's going to be an electoral college landslide. Not because of Powell's endorsement (this may not even be news in a few days), but because Obama's message continues to resonate and win over more people as the weeks go on. The opposition's attempt to portray Obama as unqualified did not hold water in the primary season and it's not holding water as we approach the general.

From the LA Times:

“I think he is a transformational figure … and for that reason, I’ll be voting for Barack Obama,”

“This is a time for outreach,” Powell said.

He said that Obama in recent weeks has “displayed a steadiness” and “showed intellectual vigor” in addressing issues as diverse as the economy and the selection of Sen. Joe Biden, one of the Senate's leading experts on foreign affairs, his running mate.

But despite his long friendship with and admiration for the Republican nominee, John McCain, Powell said he was concerned about the Arizona senator's approach to those same two issues. "I found that he was a little unsure as to deal with the economic problems that we were having, and almost every day there was a different approach to the problem," he said.

As for McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, Powell said that "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 in my mind as to the judgment that Sen. McCain made."

The election of Obama as president, Powell said, would “electrify the country and electrify the world.”

4 thoughts on “Colin Powell endorses Obama”

  1. I listened to the interview of Colin Powell only because I have a deep respect for him. I also saw the one on one Mr. Obama had with Joe the plumber. Mr. Obama, along with Hillary, are true believers in spreading the wealth. I wonder if those citizens voting for him truely understand that he means the citizens’ wealth will be taken from those that have and spread among those who don’t. (According to Obama and Hillary, those who don’t includes the illegals in this country. I forget what that number is) Those that have includes those hard working citizens who put their hard earned wages in 401’s, etc.
    It’s rather like the college student who believes in spreading the wealth and explaining this to her hard working “wealthy” father. He got her attention when he asked about her friend who was failing. Even though she was working hard to make all A’s why not take a C and give her friend, who was not doing the work, a C. That would make everyone equal, right?
    So, if everyone is now on the same level of income, what’s the point in working hard or trying to better one’s self? If you do, it will be taken from you. And those who have will not in the end.
    Check out the countries who do just that.
    Love to all
    Aunt Darlene
    (I believe in helping those who have not, I just don’t believe in the government telling me what to do with my money. If you’ve never had to deal with the government, then think, IRS. And if you don’t mind the amount of taxes you pay, then by all means, SEND THEM MORE!! Oh, wait, if Obama wins, he’ll do it for you.)

  2. Oops! So very sorry, I forgot that caps meant shouting…I was emphasizing. Good thing bad manners on the net doesn’t keep us from voting, a lot of us would be in a pickle there, lol.

  3. Dont’ worry, Aunt Darlene, I knew you weren’t shouting! 😉
    I understand what you’re saying with the analogy, but it assumes that everyone with a C has one because they aren’t trying. I know plenty of people who struggled in school or are struggling in business, and lack of effort doesn’t have a thing to do with it.
    And anyway, Sen. Obama has no intention of making sure that everyone earns the same wage. What we need to get a handle on is the widening income gap among the richest and poorest in our country. Because the wealthy have been able to use their influence to legislate tax shelters and kickbacks, the gap between the rich and poor in the U.S. has reached all-time highs. The case can be made that this has not happen based on merit alone, but at least in part with help from a stacked deck.
    I don’t want everyone to make the same wage and neither does Barack Obama. But a rising tide lifts all boats and income inequality erodes societies [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_gap#Effects_of_inequality].
    Even so, I can tell you’re not looking forward to what might happen if Obama wins the election. If it does turn out that way, then I hope you find he’s not as bad as you might think … and for that matter, the same goes for me and Senator McCain. :) Love ya!

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