Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama?
Is anyone surprised? Hard to tell. Being a retired army general, a Republican and working for the last three Republican presidents, as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State for the last two, it might of come as a surprise to some.
This morning on Meet the Press, he finally gave his long-awaited endorsement, "because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of this campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities – we have to take that into account – as well as his substance – he has both style and substance – he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president."
Regarding McCain and Obama he said either, "man would be a good president." Powell praised Obama's "depth of knowledge" and "steadiness," while he was critical of what he described as McCain's uncertainty over how to deal with the economic crisis. He also talked about Sarah Palin as McCain's vice presidential choice. "She is a very distinguished woman and she is to be admired," Powell said. "But ... I don't believe she is ready to be president of the United States."
So, what does all this mean for those of us who want Barack Obama to win? It's extremely good. I like Colin Powell. I have liked him since he worked for the first George Bush. In fact, I was secretly hoping he would run eight years, or even four years ago. I would've voted for him, even though he's Republican. Alot of people would have. I read then, that he considered it, but something to do with his family, and safety concerns were part of what prevented him. Can you imagine how different our current situation would be, especially regarding the Iraq war, if he'd been elected, instead of the person who eventually gave him the conciliatory prize of Secretary of State. A position he could only bare for so long. (We can probably thank Rumsfeld for that.)
He has great military experience, and is exactly what Barack Obama needs resting and waiting on his side of the world boxing ring, like a sleeping giant whose expertise is just waiting to be unleashed. And unlike President Bush, Obama will actually listen to his advice.