Black People Politics : Colin Powell endorses Sen. Obama

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

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    WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president on Sunday, criticizing his own Republican Party for what he called its narrow focus on irrelevant personal attacks over a serious approach to challenges he called unprecedented.
    Powell, who for many years was considered the most likely candidate to become the first African-American president, said in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was not supporting Obama because of his race. He said he had watched both Obama and his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, for many months and thought “either one of them would be a good president.”

    But he said McCain’s choices in the last few weeks — especially his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his vice presidential running mate — had raised questions in his mind about McCain’s judgment. “I don’t believe [Palin] is ready to be president of the United States,” Powell said flatly. By contrast, Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, “is ready to be president on day one.”

    Powell also said he was “troubled” by Republican personal attacks on Obama, especially false intimations that Obama was Muslim and Republicans’ recent focus on Obama’s alleged connections to William Ayers, the founder of the radical ’60 Weather Underground. Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to to Obama but also to Muslims. “The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society.

    “I look to these kind of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me,” Powell said.

    “Over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party has become narrower and narrower.”

    Powell, a retired Army general who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton before becoming secretary of state under President Bush, is one of the most decorated military officers of modern times and an admired figure in both parties. The Obama campaign is likely to cite the endorsement as an answer to critics and undecided voters who have questioned the readiness of Obama, whose a first-term senator whose national experience amounts to four years in the Senate.

    Powell said a major part of his decision to abandon his own party was his conclusion that Obama was the better option to repair frayed U.S. relations with allies overseas. “This is the time for outreach,” Powell said, saying the next president would have to “reach out and show the world there is a new administration that is willing to reach out.” In particular, he said, he welcomed Obama’s intention to “talk to people we haven’t talked to,” a reference to Obama’s controversial pledge to hold talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    “I think that [Obama] has a definite way of doing business that will serve us well,” Powell said.


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    who cares who this house ***** endorses...
    like it really makes a difference...

    booooo....

    one love
    khasm
     
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    you need to look beyond your personal feelings and see the big picture.
    this is an important endorsement.
     
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    lol, them conservative white folks is flippin over in their chairs this morning, hahaha.....To be honest although Powell gets the "house" label (and rightfully so), he actually seemed sort of sincere when he resigned from secretary of state, because of misinformation. He probably doesn't appreciate the republican party using him, and what better way to get back at them, than to support a democratic nominee for president.....still doesn't mean that much to me personally, but I get it....
     
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    the most prominent white republican around philly endorses obama

    By Michael Smerconish

    I've decided.

    My conclusion comes after reading the candidates' memoirs and campaign
    platforms, attending both party conventions, interviewing both men multiple
    times, and watching all primary and general-election debates.

    John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will
    not get my vote. For the first time since registering as a Republican 28
    years ago, I'm voting for a Democrat for president
    . I may have been an
    appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, and master of ceremonies
    for George W. Bush in 2004, but last Saturday I stood amid the crowd at an
    Obama event in North Philadelphia.

    Five considerations have moved me:

    Terrorism. The candidates disagree as to where to prosecute the war against
    Islamic fundamentalists. Barack Obama is correct in saying the front line in
    that battle is not Iraq, it's the Afghan-Pakistan border. Osama bin Laden
    crossed that border from Tora Bora in December 2001, and we stopped pursuit.
    The Bush administration outsourced the hunt for bin Laden and instead
    invaded Iraq.

    No one in Iraq caused the death of 3,000 Americans on 9/11. Our invasion was
    based on a false predicate, so we have no business being there, regardless
    of whether the surge is working. Our focus must be the tribal-ruled FATA
    region in Pakistan. Only recently has our military engaged al-Qaeda there in
    operations that mirror those Obama was ridiculed for recommending in August
    2007.

    Last spring, Obama told me: "It's not that I was opposed to war [in Iraq].
    It's that I felt we had a war that we had not finished." Even Sen. Joe
    Lieberman conceded to me last Friday that "the headquarters of our
    opposition, our enemies today" is the FATA.

    Economy. We face economic problems that are incomprehensible to most
    Americans, certainly they are to me. This is a time to covet intellect, and
    that begins at the top. Jack Bogle, the legendary founder of the Vanguard
    Group, told me recently that McCain's assertion that the fundamentals of the
    economy were "strong" was the "stupidest statement of 2008." In light of the
    unprecedented volatility in the market, who can dispute Bogle's
    characterization and the lack of understanding that McCain's assessment
    portends?

    VP. I opined here that Sarah Palin demonstrated the capacity to be president
    in her speech to the Republican convention. Sadly, there has been no further
    exhibition of her abilities, and she remains an unknown quantity. We are
    left questioning the judgment of a candidate who bypassed his reported
    preferred choices, Lieberman and former Gov. Tom Ridge, and instead yielded
    to the whims of the periphery of his party. With two wars and a crumbling
    economy, Palin is too big of a risk to be a heartbeat away from a presidency
    held by a 72-year-old man who has battled melanoma. Advantage Joe Biden.

    Opportunity. In a speech delivered on Father's Day, Obama lamented that too
    many fathers are missing from the lives of too many children and mothers.
    Look no further than Philadelphia for proof that the nation has a fatherhood
    problem at the root of its firearms crisis. And no demographic is affected
    by this confluence of factors like the black community. Among the many
    elements needed to address this crisis are role models, individuals whom
    urban youth can aspire to emulate. Little more than a year ago, Charles
    Barkley told me: "I want young black kids to see Barack on television every
    day. . . . We need to see more blacks who are intelligent, articulate, and
    who carry themselves with great dignity." Obama can be that man.

    Hope. Wednesday morning will come and an Obama presidency holds the greatest
    chance for unifying us here at home and restoring our prestige around the
    globe. The campaigns have foretold the kind of presidency we can expect from
    each candidate. Last Friday in Lakeville, Minn., McCain himself had to
    explain to a supporter who was "scared" of an Obama presidency that those
    fears were unfounded. Another told McCain that Obama was untrustworthy
    because he is an "Arab." Those exchanges were a predictable byproduct of ads
    against Obama featuring tag lines such as "Too Risky for America" and
    "Dangerous," and a failure to rein in individuals at McCain events who
    highlighted Obama's middle name, all against a background of Internet lore.

    Last Saturday at Progress Plaza, I heard Obama say:
    "The American people aren't looking for somebody to divide this country; the American people are looking for someone to lead this country."


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    I had a feeling that Powell was going to cross party lines and endorse Barack Obama for President. IMO it is not because Obama is also a black man, but because he is the best candidate for the job. McCain has made some bad decisions, namely picking Palin as his running mate. I think he took a big gamble and lost. Good choice Colin..........

    GO OBAMA!!!!!
     
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    Colin also did it so... 'eloquently' :lol: - bashed McCain without fanfare/pain - and endorsed Obama factually. It was an important endorsement for Obama - not that he "needed" it, but every hand plays a role!

    The man looks great for 71, too ;)
     
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    lol I bet all of washington is stunned but Obama is the best man for the job! IMO
     
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    Powell

    If he is supporting Obama simply because he was "Black", who cares?

    Some of these racists are beginning to lose their entire minds.
     
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    In the Spirit of Sankofa!






    mazimtaim,
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