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Colin Powell on 'Meet the Press'

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This is the most eloquent endorsement of a candidate I have heard yet. I respect the man a lot. Not because he chose to vote for Obama, but that he said so many things that needed to be said. There has been tremendous criticism of the Republican party, the majority of it from people outside the party, but more and more by people within it. Colin Powell being critical of the Republican party, voicing his concerns the party has gone too far to the right and his worries about the selection of conservative supreme court justices should McCain be elected, might be a wake up call to some people.

But the moment that really resonated with me is when he talked about people who insist Obama is a Muslin. Powell clarified Obama is a Christian and has been his entire life, but if he was a Muslim, who cares? It shouldn't matter. A seven or eight year old Muslin boy should be able to grow up believing he could be president of the United States. Then he went on to tell the story of a U.S. soldier who died fighting for his country in Iraq and who was a Muslim. I admit it, I got choked up.

It's obvious Colin Powell has put much thought into who he will be casting a vote for next month. And, like me, he doesn't see a man who will step into the White House and solve all the countries problems, but a man who has some sound ideas and, perhaps most importantly, wants to unite the people of this country.
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Yeah, the part where he addressed the "issue" of Obama being a Muslim was my favorite part, too. Because he's exactly right: it shouldn't matter. A good person is a good person, regardless of what they believe. It's how they apply that belief that matters.
Personally, I hope I live long enough to see a president who is black, Muslim, and gay. ;)
Heh, now unavailable, but I watched it before it went.

He said some good things.
I have problems with Powell, but I loved him for saying that about Muslims, because I've been saying that myself, and I don't know why it's not more widely acknowledged that to be Muslim is not to be a terrorist.

And his rejection of McCain/Palin's tactics was dead-on. I don't agree with Conservatives as a rule, but they deserve better than having McCain and Palin carrying their message. My Spouse is a Republican who has not voted Republican in a long while. He says "This is not my Republican party" and I get that and I think that's what Powell has come to with this race.
I've never had strong feelings either way for Colin Powell. I think he's done some good work for this country, but he's also made some big mistakes. But I do admire that he came out as a Republican and laid out what was wrong with the party and it's candidate. I know he is not the first Republican to do it, but he might be the most high profile. My mother is a registered Republican and, like your husband, doesn't feel the party is the one she joined decades ago. I think the RNC is going to have quite the reality check on November 4th.
What I liked is his saying Obama is a "transformational" candidate. He's acknowledging the change in generations, not only here but around the world.
This was so great! I heard about the endorsement on NPR this morning and then scurried over to the TV just in time to watch Meet the Press. I agree with him so much about the issues he discussed, and I hope that undecided voters are listening.
I hope the undecided *and* Republican voters listened. I wonder if it's possible to see a permanent split in the Republican party? It seems it's made up of two groups now, the far far right and the sane people.
eh, the dude wants a job, so what? I love how liberals are in luv with warmongers like Obama just because he promises "smarter" rape and murder. And now Powell.
Obama a warmonger? I've heard a lot of people call McCain that, including my mother, but not Obama.
He sells himself as the "smart war" guy and supposed leftists (bear in mind I'm voting Green and wish Obama was a secret socialist) are having fun being able to be on the macho side for once. So Obama is free to go on and on about how he'll skullfuck Bin Laden and he's willing to launch unilateral attacks into Pakistan if need be. Bush was dumb war; Obama's gonna use brains to rape and murder so no shit all the white boys out there just love him -- and they love Bush's war criminal Powell, too, who sold us on the Iraq war in the first place.
And honestly, all the swoony posts here actually make me sick to my stomach. It's like the whole world has fallen for astroturf democracy (Obama). It reminds me of people who get weepy over volkswagon commercials.

It's sooooo transformational! New generations! The Future is Now!
I wouldn't call it swoony. Especially since it sounds dismissive of people's intelligence and I happen to know this is a bright group of people. I don't think Obama is perfect and his plans should he be elected president still need some work. In particular, there would seem to be major issues with sending a hit squad into Pakistan. But, unlike McCain, he wants to surround himself with good people and utilize their knowledge. He's the first candidate I can recall making it clear that he knows he can't do it all on his own. No one can, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Obama is not going to solve all the problems in this country, but he's giving people hope that we can work together to come up with some solutions.
I think the reasons he gave for the endorsement are really important, particularly because they'll get such wide coverage. He's saying what a lot of people have been thinking to themselves.

That said, this is the guy who stood in front of the UN and described Saddam's mobile bioweapons labs, and in general helped sell the Iraq war for the administration, and didn't speak up about his doubts when it mattered. His endorsement comes after Obama is way up in the polls. I don't have a ton of respect for Powell because of those issues of timing. Then again, I'm not an undecided voter.

Edited at 2008-10-19 10:29 pm (UTC)
I do get the sense that, if McCain's campaign had not turned so ugly recently, Powell probably would not have spoken out. And I've seen people accuse Powell of only making this choice because he and Obama are the same race. I don't believe that is true, however, Powell has to be feeling some personal anger towards the RNC and McCain for making differences, true or fictional, such an issue. I'm feeling as if I'm living through McCarthyism with people screaming "Socialist!" at Obama and that whack job from Minnesota calling for the members of Congress to be investigated to see if they are pro-American or not. This is not my country and Colin Powell is evidently feeling the same way. Whatever his past mistakes and, I agree, he made several, I appreciate him stepping forward and helping give voice to a lot of peoples concerns.
And I've seen people accuse Powell of only making this choice because he and Obama are the same race.

That was entirely predictable, and especially vile given his eloquent and detailed reasoning.

And honestly, while I'm glad that the McCain/Palin campaign's attempts to paint anybody who doesn't move in lockstep with far-right whackjob ideology as unAmerican have finally started getting some notice, this is not exactly a new phenomenon. Mainstream pundits take it for granted that small-town, rural white America is somehow more authentic than coastal urban America; it's a fundamental, unspoken assumption in our political discourse. And it's total bullshit.
Thanks for posting this - it was exceptional and very moving. Solidifies my Colin-Powell love even further.
Before I heard what Powell said, I was somewhat annoyed with him for being a Johnny-come-lately, for all the reasons danceswithwords mentioned above. But having now watched the whole thing, I think he delivered a beautiful and fluent endorsement, and the thing is that I think he still has credence with a lot of people who may otherwise be out of reach of the mainstream (not just to say: liberal elite) media. So, perhaps late, but not too little.
My take is that Powell has been wavering for awhile as to who to vote for, but, as he said, the tone of the McCain campaign over the past several weeks pushed him to cast his vote for Obama. And I think not coming out and making this declaration until two weeks before the election may be a good thing. If he had done it six months ago it probably would have been forgotten and his words would not have had the resonance they have now as McCain and the RNC work to divide the country.
Yeah. I think my mom's still a lost cause *eyeroll* - but now I'm wondering if Powell might convince someone like my uncle (career Navy guy, 20-plus years in the service, Republican despite his wife's best efforts). One can hope.
That was just brilliant. There was so much to love about that (WATCH me getting all swoony! ;-)), but seriously, when Powell spoke of how irrelevant whether or not Obama was a Muslim is, my heart sang. And the story of the mother at the gravesite. That said so much beyond his words. I also liked the way he described Obama as having a "steadiness" over the last few weeks, and that's a really great way to describe him. I know just what he means.

I have never had any interest in politics - hell, I don't even give a rat's really about my own country (I just find politics incredibly boring...and plus, I don't understand it most of the time). But I have been so engrossed in this race - I've watched debates, and I've been trying to get my head around the information. And I can't even vote! Call me swoony, call me whatever you like...but Barack Obama has seriously inspired me to take a real interest in politics, and truly care about the outcome of this election. I'm more surprised than anyone else about that! ;-)

This is a quote from a comedian here in Australia, Mikey Robbins. He said this and I just went, YES. "I love the idea that in a few weeks' time, the President of American could be an African-American, and the best golf player in the world is an African-American. Two gigs black people weren't allowed to do 50 years ago. So, go Barack Obama, as far as I'm concerned." Even though his race isn't - or, shouldn't be - an issue, I just thought, yes, that is a friggin' excellent point. :-D

Thanks for the link...I think this is one of the more "substantial" endorsements I've seen. Wonderful.

Up until this election, I wasn't much interested in politics either. I can't say it was Obama alone that made me care. The present state of the U.S. and George W Bush's woeful leadership made me realize it's more important than ever that changes be made in Washington. And I'm not convinced Obama is the answer to all the ills in this country, but I believe he sincerely wants to make the U.S. and the world a better place to live and we need someone who is open to new ideas and the opinions of others. Plus, for a country still dealing with the ramifications of slavery and racism, African Americans could tell their children they can be anything they want when they grow up, even president, and not have it be some crazy dream.