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.”