My Take: Colin Powell’s factor on Obama

Going back into my old MyFoxMilwaukee Blogs from way back when, I wrote this blog about Gen. Colin Powell endorsing the then-Sen. Barack Obama to be President. Now this was my first of a series in tales why I felt it was vital for him to make the endorsement, just like recently today.

Oct 19, 2008 | 12:47 PM

Category: Political

Like many of you, or some of you, there was another endorsement that was given to Sen. Barack Obama. His name? General Colin Powell. Yep, the retired General had officially given the props and nod to the Senator in which for his pick to become the next president. Now , I know that there are going to be alot of the naysayers who probably would break out their blogs, comments, viewpoints, and any other thing that might say, and I know this:

  • “Yeah, I saw that interview and the only reason Gen. Powell is backing Barack because he’s black. It is obvious?”  Duh!
  • “Well whoopee do! Another brother endorses another brother. So what? The Republicans and Sen. McCain will have a field day with him. Watch.”
  • “That explains it! Of course he’ll endorse him because he can be a crutch to Obama in gaining that experience. Big deal.”

OK. Enough preliminary sarcasm! As I watching the Meet the Press interview, before going to church this morning, I think Gen. Powell was real of what he had to say. Yes, he did analyzed both Sen. McCain and Obama, in his view was beneficial to lead the U.S. in the next four years, but the part of the General’s commentary was reflected on McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin, William Ayers, and overall tone of the McCain/Palin ticket. For the description of Sen. Barack Obama, Gen. Powell described him as a “transformational figure”, in which his view of being a new generational figure that might have some ingredients of making an additional element of being a potential candidate for the presidency. And he was very clear about one thing: He’s not backing up Sen. John McCain because of their long 25 year relationship, and not backing up Sen. Obama because of his skin tone. Or in most cases, black.

On his view of Gov. Sarah Palin: Gen. Powell commented that thusly that she is not ready to be President in sense of judgment. Now there might be disagreements with that statement but, I’ll bet alot of those on the outside would say, “I’ve been saying that from the very beginning. Yes, Gov. Palin has her style and swagger in all, but did she say during the VP Debates that she’s been on the presidential campaign for 5 weeks? I question that.”

On his view of William Ayers: This has been, in my view, old and overblown. The General commented the Senator’s view of the ex-radical, in which from him, asking: “Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him?”

And the General also commented that Obama on numerous occasions, condemned the acts the William Ayers did during the 60’s at the time of Radical Protests was inflicting the country. Plus the comments about that William Ayrers made in which he reviewed about “not bombing enough” – that was again in reference to the Vietnam War Protests.  To the General, I think that is a non-issue to further derail Sen. Obama.

On his view of John McCain/GOP:
General Powell commented that he’s troubled by the actions of his own party. Why wouldn’t he be? I know that some might jump on him in all, but as far as he sees it, it’s not just the actions of words or displays, it’s the overall setup in which that was generated. It reminds me of the use of power in which can be at times powerful, but also at times could be worked against you. Like those Robocalls, in which I think is nothing more than a distraction to think that “oh, Sen. Obama is not a good fit for a president because of his “association” with being a Muslim and hanging around Terrorists.” Gen. Powell commented that as inappropriate, while Sen. McCain thinks of it as a logical sense. At the closing part of the 30 minute interview, the retired General talked about Muslims. He heard from his Republican party about the comments about Sen. Obama being a Muslim which raised a red flag. But the General talked about a solider who was American born, died during Iraqi Freedom and was a Muslim. Plus, his viewpoints of Muslims in general:

“Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That’s not America. Is there something wrong with a seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that he is a Muslim and might have an association with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel particularly strong about this because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.




And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay, was of a mother at Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone, and it gave his awards – Purple Heart, Bronze Star – showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death, he was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the head stone, it didn’t have a Christian cross. It didn’t have a Star of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his life.”

When I thought about this statement, it makes me wonder the goodness in those who make their mark as good citizens of this country. Even as those of Muslim faith like this individual, who was during his peak into adulthood, risked his life in defending America’s freedoms. Despite of his religious background. If Sen. John McCain talked about “Country First”, which there’s nothing wrong with that, he should take a look, maybe a second look, this soldier’s life. And Sarah Palin. And Michele Bachmann who once criticized Sen. Obama as “Very Anti-American”. – Oh really! What does it take being  “a real American” these days?

Summarizing the thought, despite of whatever, I feel that the retired General was on point. His comments and viewpoints were accurate. And despite of his Republican and Conservative Views, like James T. Harris, he’s made his choice to pick of his endorsement or in this case his own pick as a potential Presidential choice. Like any other person, yes we have we have our own preferences. But I think what Gen. Powell said and hypothesized, stood out on his own beliefs.

This is my take. Right or Wrong. Just my thought.

FYI: In case you missed it, there are three clips on Youtube that has three parts of the interview. Just look up: General Colin Powell, and it might have Gen. Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama pts. 1-3

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