Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama: SummaryAn article by Plainsboro.COM owner Kennedy Lemke
October 20, 2008
On Sunday, October 19, 2008 former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell appeared on the Sunday morning political show Meet the Press on NBC, hosted that day by Tom Brokaw.
On the program, Secretary Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president, about two weeks before the 2008 presidential election.
In my view, Secretary Powell was able to put into words many of the thoughts I've had on the candidates for president, and he did so eloquently and somewhat precisely. On this page I will summarize some of the points Powell made about each campaign and will provide quotes from that interview, and a link to the full transcript.
Here are the main points about why Powell is supporting Obama instead of Senator John McCain:
In a nutshell, the summary above covers why Colin Powell endorses Obama/Biden instead of McCain/Palin, despite his long history of service to the Republican Party. You can read the several paragraphs upon which the above summary was based here.
Now I'd like to provide some personal observations on the 2008 campaign (I support Barack Obama):
First I want to say that I really like John McCain. I consider him to be a man of distinguished service to his country, a war hero, and a common-sense thinker. Probably more than any other Republican Senator, over the past several years he has made appearances on many late night talk shows that I watch such as The Daily Show and Late Night with David Letterman. All of these appearances have given me an extremely positive view of John McCain, and in all honesty, for the first time since I've been old enough to vote in a presidential election I would be happy with either candidate winning the election.
I recall really becoming aware of Barack Obama some time in late 2005 or early 2006, at which time I spoke to friends about him. I was pleased that he was considering a presidential candidacy. During the primaries, most Democrats probably figured it would be either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama who would win the support of the Democratic party. After watching the first Democrat primary debate I was actually more impressed with Hillary Clinton's performance than with Barack Obama's. However, over time Obama's oratorical skills have improved and along with my other impressions about him, he eventually won my support over Hillary.
I recall thinking at one point what an inspired and smart speaker Obama was. Few politicians have ever evoked that kind of feeling in me. He has been described as "Kennedy-esque" and I agree with that comparison. Barack Obama, in my view, is the John F. Kennedy of my generation, and I believe that he will inspire millions of Americans to once again be proud of their country and work together to make the United States a better place to live for everyone and improve the world view of the United States.
McCain's campaign and the Republican Party, on the other hand, over time have given me more and more reasons not to want to support him:
Now, Obama hasn't been perfect in my opinion either. I'm on his email list, and while it's nice to see comments from his campaign, I get a little tired of every email containing prominent links to making a donation. He's got enough money now: $150 million in September 2008 alone. I didn't make any money donations to his campaign, but when they opened an office in my town, I did donate a case of water and a case of orange juice, which I hope were consumed and appreciated (total value about 17 bucks). And lately Obama has been getting negative in his stump speeches and his commercials. He doesn't need to do this and I wish he'd stop. Instead, go back to inspiring Americans with a vision for the future instead of concentrating on a few negative things about McCain.
That's about it for now; I've said my piece about the upcoming presidential election of 2008. I believe the future of America will be more positive and fruitful under an Obama presidency, so I urge you to consider the points I've made in this article and vote Obama on November 4th. Thanks for taking the time to read this!