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October 19, 2008

Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama

"I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama." --Colin Powell
While Meet the Press doesn't air in these parts until 10:30, it starts earlier elsewhere. Here's the footage:



shawn1970 said...

That was simple, eloquent, and to the point. Powell's luster may have been tarnished by his role in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, but he still has quite a bit of gravitas. This is good news. AND Barry raised $150 million(!) in September, too.

Still, the race will tighten and McCain & Co. will only increase the amount of mud that they sling and will continue to try to supress the vote. Nobody should get complacent. Still, it's a good day. Speaking of which - go

John K. said...

John K: Uhhh what did Shawn say? Did I get it right. A few years ago you left wingers were calling Gen. Powell a House N(fill in the blank) and that he had sold out his race and that he was working for the slave master. Now that has all changed? Do left wing kooks have any self respect at all? Just wondering.

John K. said...

John K: Oh Yah and this is really funny. That he had lied to get us into the war in Iraq. Now you support him? LMAO LMAO LOL LOL A laugh a day with the left.

shawn1970 said...

I sincerely hope that you're making your case out in public as well, John. It can only help.

EdHeath said...

I think that Powell himself addressed John K.'s remarks in the MTP interview. First, I am sure that some Democrats/liberals have not forgiven Powell for speaking to the UN, or just for being a Republican. I personally thought there could be no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before we invaded, and that Powell, with his experience, should have known that. We now know that the administration was manufacturing evidence as well ignoring contradictory evidence. Powell said that he acted based on the intelligence from the intelligence agencies, and that without evidence of weapons of mass destruction there would have been no war (and he pointed out a majority of Congress bought it too). Powell also said he basically doesn’t care about his critics, he was expressing his thoughts as he had worked them out for himself. So Powell is not looking for liberal support or redemption from the left, he was just expressing his thoughts. And that is just how I personally look at it, that Powell is a well known middle of the road Republican who was criticizing his own party. I know I would be critical of Powell if he came out for McCain, so I should restrain myself from praising him for (effectively but not literally) endorsing Obama. And I notice you totally ignored what Powell said about the Republican party, John K. Do you think Powell is correct, has the Republican party narrowed? Do you think their focus on Ayers and Reverend Wright, on the character of the candidates rather than on the issues facing the country is not acting in the best interest of the country? For a change you could answer a question, instead of throwing out non-sequiturs and lies.

Laurie Mann said...

Colin Powell is an overly cautious man. His support for Obama is better late than never, I suppose.

I had a lot of respect for Powell until it was clear he was just mouthing the neocon bullshit in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. I wish he would have resigned then because his remaining gave the nuts in charge too much credibility.

jaywillie said...

This really eats you up, huh, John K.?

I'll admit that I was disappointed in Powell. But as the story emerged, it became pretty clear that Powell was just another person who was lied to by Bush and Cheney. If you go back and review the run-up to the war, it's pretty clear that Powell was cautious but misled by the administration, particularly with regards to the information that was part of his UN speech, a speech he at first resisted and only made after high level administration officials assured him that the "intel" was accurate.

I think Powell is a man who regrets terribly his role in initiating the Iraq War. And while he's maybe not said so as strongly as some would like, his endorsement of Obama is a pretty clear break with the Republican Party. And, frankly, good enough for me.

kimber45 said...


Colin Powell endorsed Obama, on a Sunday. You don't know what to think, or to say. You can't quantify it. And rush won't be on for another 13 hours, to tell you what to think and what to say.

Your head's about to explode, isn't it?

jaywillie said...

Fortunately for John K., Rush announced today what he had to say about it(Mark Halperin and Politico.com reported it).

Story here

So, expect John's opinion of the Powell endorsement to be some variation of, "Powell only endorsed Obama because they're both black."

Matt H said...

Huge endorsement for Obama! It just keeps on getting better for Obama!