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Powell Endorses Obama

Updated 12:40 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray and Ed O'Keefe
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell crossed party lines this morning to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president, the most prominent GOP defection yet of the 2008 campaign.

Obama has courted Republicans all along, but in Powell he gets party crossover plus military credibility. Powell is a retired U.S. Army general and served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush.

As Secretary of State under the current President Bush, Powell helped to build the case for the Iraq war, a role that hurt him with many Democrats and moderates, who had viewed him as somewhat apolitical. Powell made his endorsement today on the NBC program "Meet the Press."

Powell said he had watched both Obama and Sen. John McCain in the last "six or seven weeks," since the national political conventions, and paid special attention to how they reacted to the nation's worsening economic situation.

"I must say, he seemed a little unsure about how to approach the problem," Powell said of McCain.

"He didn't have a complete grasp of the economic problems we have."

Powell also expressed concerns about McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. "I don't believe she's ready to be President of the United States, which is the job of vice president," Powell said, adding that it raised "some questions in my mind" about McCain's judgment.

As for Obama, Powell said, "I think that he has a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well."

McCain sought to shrug off the endorsement, telling Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday he has always "admired and respected" Powell but that the endorsement of his rival "doesn't come as a surprise."

"I'm also very pleased to have the endorsement of four former secretaries of state, Secretaries Kissinger, Baker, Eagleburger and Haig. And I'm proud to have the endorsement of well over 200 retired Army generals and admirals," McCain said. "But I respect and continue to respect and admire Secretary Powell."

McCain dismissed Powell's suggestion that Obama is ready to lead the country. "We have a respectful disagreement, and I think the American people will pay close attention to our message for the future and keeping America secure," he said.

Powell emphasized that Obama is seeking to build a broad coalition. "He's thinking that all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values," Powell said, in an apparent reference to remarks Palin made earlier this week that she enjoyed visiting the "pro-America" areas of the country.

The retired general continued that "John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know," but he expressed serious concerns about his campaign's, and the Republican Party's recent focus on Obama's past association with William Ayers and robocalls the campaign has placed in battleground states this past week.

"I think this goes too far. I think it's made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. The party has moved further to the right," he said.

Powell's endorsement of Obama also has a personal aspect of repudiation for McCain. In early 2000, well before the primaries were over, when asked by The Post's Tom Ricks who might be his secretary of State, McCain responded without hesitation: "Colin Powell."

Powell said he would not campaign for Obama, noting the short amount of time that remains until Election Day. He later said he is "in no way interested in a return to government," but said he would consider any offers made by the next president.

He said that if his endorsement of Obama were focused solely on the historic nature of his candidacy, "I could have done this six, ten, eight months ago."

Powell appeared uncomfortable throughout the interview and cleared his throat several times while talking to Brokaw. He made a clear effort towards the end of the interview to make it clear his endorsement was "not out of any lack of respect or admiration of John McCain."

He said: "I strongly believe that at this point in America's history, we need a president that will not just continue basically the policies we have been following in recent years. I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change."

Powell also spent several moments discussing the false rumors that Obama is a Muslim, saying he was upset he had even heard the rumors from senior Republicans.

"What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?" he asked. "The answer is no."

Michael Abramowitz contributed to this report.

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I hope Colin Powell feels he's in good company with the US Communist Party and the Hamas terrorist group, both of whom have also endorsed Obama, and that's no joke. The Communist Party's endorsement of Obama can be found with a Google search. It's too long to post here. Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas’ top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, delivered his endorsement in an interview with WABC Radio in New York.
“We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections,” Yousuf said.

Colin Powell should ask himself what it is the CPUSA, Hamas and the admitted Marxist radical terrorist William Ayers all found in Obama to cultivate his political career in the latter case, and to endorse him in the case of the former 2. Powell should then ask if he really would care to be in league with such anti-Americans.

Posted by: malex130 | October 21, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I am absolutely amazed at the viciousness of the attack expressed by those who oppose the endorsement by General Powell of Senator Obama. I am pleading for a return to civility and mutual respect.

On another note there is one item from the last debate that I have not heard anyone comment on and that is Senator McCain's idea that persons from the military should be able to teach without specific training. Did anyone hear that and want to comment?

Second, wasn't there a huge irony in 'Joe the plumber' predicating his taxation question to Senator Obama with "Do you believe in the American dream??? Wasn't that amazing. Of all the persons to ask that question!!!!!

Posted by: sufferingfromthesystem | October 20, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Here are 12 good reasons why the Big O will lose come Nov. 4th:

1 - He is outside the mainstream group think.

a. Americans, as a rule, do not subscribe to the gospel of the extreme left OR the extreme right.

b. Most Americans remain centrists and are jealously protective of their guaranteed inalienable rights.

2 - He is THE most liberal (and disingenuous) Senator in the country.

3 - Unanswered questions and deep doubt.

a. Occidental College records—Not released?

b. Columbia College records—Not released?

c. Columbia Thesis paper—Not available?

d. Harvard College records—Not released?

e. Selective Service Registration—Not released?

f. Medical records—Not released?

g. Illinois State Senate schedule—Not available?

h. Illinois State Senate records—Not available?

i. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate—Not released?

j. Record of baptism—Not available?

4 - His “spreading the wealth” Marxist leanings - The mysterious “Frank” cited as a friend and adviser by Obama while he was growing up in Hawaii has been identified as Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the old Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA..

5 - His waffle on direct talks with real and perceived enemies.

6 - A growing concern (even among his supporters) that he will say whatever is necessary but cannot be trusted to do what he says.

7 - His links to unsavory anti-American characters from his formative years from Frank M. Davies to Ayers, to Rev. Wright to Father Phleger et al. all of whom would inevitably have shaped his thinking


8 - The possibility of a total Dem. control of all three limbs of govt. from the Presidency to Congress to the Judiciary violates the Doctrine of Separation of Powers and scares the hell out of voters.


9 - The possibility of Obama being a shady “Manchurian Candidate” working for anti-American causes considering the dubious nature and sources of his campaign funds.


10- Powell’s endorsement and the racial polarization of 96% of African American support for the Big O operating as a poisoned chalice that will unleash a spectacular backlash on Nov.4th.


11- The lib.media bias have got so many Reps. all riled up that, like me, they'd be dragging every pal, relative and next door neighbor to the polls come Nov. 4th


12- The seemingly habitual trait of the Democratic Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on election day!

On Nov. 6th I’d be throwing a party to toast the end of the biggest threat to American sovereignty since 9/11! All of you’re most welcomed to join in!

Posted by: frankinlaw | October 20, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

frankinlaw:

Good point. Powell was PRO affirmative action too. OTOH, Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts are exactly who I think we need more of. Thank God Powell never ran for President.

Even Juan Williams agreed race was a definite factor.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I think the Powell endorsement of Obama is not a betrayal of McCain so much as a betrayal of the Republican Party and of the Reagan principals of limited government, economic conservatism, and strong national security. To hand over the entire government (without opposition) to the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party, calling it "transformational" betrays everything Reagan stood for. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan endorsing Obama or anything he stands for? I do not believe that race has anything to do with it. I believe that the 92% of the Black voters simply see Obama as the "transformational" candidate just like Powell without any consideration of race.

Posted by: postreply11 | October 20, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

This Powell endorsement is the poisoned chalice, the beginning of the end for the Big O.

Despite his clever justifications,everyone can see that the overriding factor is RACE!~!

The backlash on Nov. 4th will shock the 96% of African Americans who are backing the Big O for the same reasons. The racial polarization and the socialist leanings that they have embraced will backfire big-time for the Big O!

Posted by: frankinlaw | October 20, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Powell's endorsement of Obama does not verify Obama's judgement, but rather brings Powell's judgement into question. Powell says that Obama is ready to lead ... WHY? ... Regardless of Powell's last minute endorsement, Obama is still the most liberal senator in congress ... who accomplished nothing in his meager 3 years in office, except voting present 160 times, and campaigning for President, as well as associating with anti-American racists and domestic terrorists ... giving good speeches ... and, taking America down the road to socialism. I used to respect Colin Powell ... but, now that's history!!!

Posted by: howard521 | October 20, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The media will be disappointed to learn that their prognostications that this endorsement will finish McCain are wrong.

According to Rasmussen this morning, Powell's endorsement had no affect whatsoever. None. In fact, McCain's numbers rose yesterday. He's now behind by only 4 points.

Posted by: info42 | October 20, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

McCain and the "VICTORY" shame game

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama Takes A HATCHET To Small Business

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama’s magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC’s and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner’s personal 1040!

If you’re the owner, you’re going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you’re an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

“From each according to this ability, to each according to his need”
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Someone Please point out how Marx's comment is different from what Obama said to Joe the Plumber in OHIO???????????????

GatorRon- Are YOU quoting Phil Graham with that brilliant "Whiner" remark? It's a LOT more than 25K, but even it were- that's one salaried position in some businesses....multiplied by millions of small businesses and many more positions per large business.

Hey ReptileGuy, can you say 12% unemployment? (I knew you could).

Posted by: thecannula | October 20, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama Takes A HATCHET To Small Business

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama’s magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC’s and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner’s personal 1040!

If you’re the owner, you’re going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you’re an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

“From each according to this ability, to each according to his need”
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Someone Please point out how Marx's comment is different from what Obama said to Joe the Plumber in OHIO???????????????

GatorRon- Are YOU quoting Phil Graham with that brilliant "Whiner" remark? It's a LOT more than 25K, but even it were- that's one salried position in some businesses....multiplied by millions!

Posted by: thecannula | October 20, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Anja:

Are you an American citizen? It is possible that Powell is basing his endorsement primarily on race, even though he denies it. Would you be posting such a glowing review had he endorsed McCain instead?
Gator-ron:

It's not a "trick" question -- it's rather simple actually -- either he read the full Report or not. Since it is 363 pages long, I doubt it.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Some people are saying Powell endorsed Obama because they are both black. Powell has risen above being a race partisan by virtue of his positions and his character. Moreover he is a registered republican - thats not the traditional black party.

I think those who are saying that Powell is only being in solidarity with one of his kind are saying more about themselves. They are saying that they cant recognise greatness of character - in Powell, in Obama or for that matter in a republican (they vote republican only because its a republican).

Powell is a great man. A trusted man. A very intelligent man.

The cheesed off can say what they like but reality wins at the end of the day.

Posted by: anja7lee | October 20, 2008 3:19 AM | Report abuse

JoeT1:

I litigated for over 35 years. Did you read the full Report?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 8:55 PM

Do not fall into this man's trick. If you have misstated something let him point it out. Do not help him out.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:35 PM |

THIS MAN IS A WHINER. MOST SMALL BUSINESSES WON'T BE AFFECTED. THIS MAN IS WORRIED THAT HE MAY HAVE TO PAY AN EXTRA 15-20 OR 25K.

He wants you to believe that he is telling you something for your own good. Partially as a result of the Bush tax cuts being skewed towards him instead of you the middle class have fallen behind during the Bush years. Bush tax cuts went on to finance the risky behavior of the mortgage crisis. During the Bush years there was much profitable investing but in non productive ventures such as mortgages.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The October Surprise

Race innuendos, terrorist pew
More Reverend Wright evil brew
No money left, do the sums
And something wicked this way comes

Palin opens her crooked mouth
To fan the hatred in the south
‘Kill him’ blurts from drunken gums
When something wicked this way comes

October surprise will tell the tale
Will Evil succeed or will it fail?
Karl Rove and his degenerate scum
Make something wicked this way come

McCain has shown that there is nothing that he will not do, nothing he will not say to get elected.
A man of Honor?

Campaign First, Country Last.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The fact is Obama's tax plan is just a return to the PROVEN system
Bill Clinton used during the prosperous times of his term in office.
Bill Clinton left office with huge budget surpluses.

McCain's tax plan is just an extension of the PROVEN failure of the Bush tax system of rewarding the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the middle class. The middle class is now paying for the bailout.

People like to argue theory and statistics but it's as simple as this: Are you better off now then you were eight years ago?

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

JoeT1:

I litigated for over 35 years. Did you read the full Report?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama Takes A HATCHET To Small Business

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama’s magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC’s and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner’s personal 1040!

If you’re the owner, you’re going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you’re an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

“From each according to this ability, to each according to his need”
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

When Colin Powell spoke at the 2000 RNC convention they loved him. Now cowards like limbaugh, and George will are saying race was a factor. Come on man.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 19, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Now that bigot limbaugh said powell is endorsing obama because of race. Limbaugh is master smack talker. Being a certified chickenhawk hand carrying a doctors note the recruiter office avoiding vietnam he must hate the military like the clintons? Anyone that take him serious should not be taken serious.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 19, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

With one bold stroke John McCain threw away the credibility of his own military experience. Since he is willing to leave us with Sarah Palin as VP we have to think he counts his experience to be worth very little.

So the Republicans have an "empowered base" and the rest of us see a John McCain who we can no longer believe in, as we sometimes did before.

Posted by: JamesBullis | October 19, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

With Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama, John McCain is in DEEP political DOO-DOO.

And so is SILLY SARAH (Palin). OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | October 19, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

There are endorsements and then there are endorsements of historic importance. Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama falls into the latter category. It's not so much the fact that he DID endorse him, but the rationale he gives for doing so. It is essentially the rationale any fair-minded American voter should use as a blue print for deciding who to vote for in this election. Yes, I agree, he is a statesman!!

Posted by: forjarigirlonly | October 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

There are endorsements and then there are endorsements of historic importance. Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama falls into the latter category. It's not so much the fact that he DID endorse him, but the rationale he gives for doing so. It is essentially the rationale any fair-minded American voter should use as a blue print for deciding who to vote for in this election. Yes, I agree, he is a statesman!!

Posted by: forjarigirlonly | October 19, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

What I found most surprising is that Mr Powell chose the man he wished to support for reasons that are very similar to my own. I was surprised at the thoroughness of his argument and realize that I have underestimated the content of Powell's character. His willingness to speak out forthrightly about McCain and Palin and McCain and Ayers is something that I had not expected from this man.

I wish that he had been as forthright in 2004. I hope that the American people will reject McCain for the campaign that he waged so that it will be less appealing to repeat his behavior in future campaigns. We are a better people than what Sen McCain projects.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

'McCain blinks, the endorsement of his rival "doesn't come as a surprise."'

What does come as a surprise is that anyone in their right mind would actually endorse or even vote for McCain!

Obama/Joe the Senator 2008
Pal around with us for a change!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell says, "GOD DAMN MCCAIN! I'm palling around with Obama! Wink! Wink!"

Stick a fork in the McSame Swift Boat Campaign, they're stuck in their own mud for good!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 19, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Predictably and ridiculously many people here have cried racism on the part of Powell. Colin Powell eloquently articulated why he endorses Obama, and his reasons are along the same lines as many prominent WHITE conservatives that have endorsed Obama. What excuses do you make for these other endorsements?

If Powell were running for president, and was endorsed by Obama in preference to Clinton would you still scream racism? No you wouldn't, you'd be commending Obama on his good choice.

In his endorsement of Obama, Powell did mention racial issues. he condemned the divisive far right attitude of those that try to smear Obama by "accusing" him of being Muslim or Arab. He rightfully challenged the racist assumption that a person can't be a Muslim and be a good American patriot at the same time. He said...

"Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian," he said. "But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, 'He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.' This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

PLEASE LISTEN to his endorsement, and LISTEN as the former General tells the story of a Muslim that fought and died for his country. If you still find it impossible that a Muslim can be a good American then it's YOU and not Powell that is racist.

Don't be like the mobs at the McCain rallies, don't be like the ones saying things like "I'm afraid, if he wins, the blacks will take over", "He's not a Christian. This is a Christian nation. What is our country gonna end up like?", "When you got a Negro running for president, he ain't a first-stringer. He's definitely a second-stringer", "Just the whole "Muslim thing" and everything. A lot of people forgot about 9/11, but I don't know, it's just a little but unnerving". You can search YouTube to see video of McCain supporters saying these things.

May I suggest you go and READ the endorsements from prominent conservatives and newspapers that previously backed Bush. carefully read their thoughtful words on why they endorse Obama, and THEN come back with an equally INTELLIGENT and thoughtful argument as to why you support McCain and don't support Obama. Don't just bitterly scream and make the false, groundless and unsubstantiated charge of racism. Don't play the race card. :)

Posted by: UNObserver | October 19, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Scary, isn't it?? The Christian folk here decrying General Colin Powell for speaking his mind instead of theirs, how dare he. Well, he is one of the most qualified people alive today to make judgments on the state of the union, it's finances, it's foreign policy and security and the people who would seek the high office of president. I hope he has great influence in the Obama administration. And for you haters, I was born in the deep south, above Florida and to the east of Alabama. I played sand lot football and baseball with the friends I had, black and white. I shared water with them and laughed with them. My clothes were many times as tattered as they came. I still love Captain Kangaroo, Red Rider, The Lone Ranger and Captain America. I cut school and fished on the Chattahoochee River. I finished high school and volunteered for the army. In my OCS clas was a black man named Anthony Tisdale, forgive me Tony, who was a prince of a young man a later a fine infantry officer. One night as he was polishing my boots and I his brass, he said, "I have never met a white boy I could call a brother, that is, until now,". We both laughed at that admission, graduated, and joined our respective units, after about four months of more training. He, the 4th Infantry Division in a mech unit, and me, the 1st Bat, 7th Cavalry, and as a Captain the 2nd Bat, 8th Cavalry, 1st ACD, Airmobile. So what is this about?

I know as many Generals and Admirals as the next 40 year veteran, General Colin Powell is not a racist. Some Flag Officers are consumed with their own import. Not General Powell. Not one officer gets one star, much less four, without politicking, General Powell is not and exception. He understands politics as well as he does tactics, he is comfortable in both arenas. Lies however, are not something he will accept, hell, I won't either.

His endorsement of Obama is based on his perception of merit and performance. Senator Obama received the fresh air and security of General Powell's endorsement, while Senator John McCain, Governor Palin and most of all, the RNC, the Mighty Republican National Committee, was disfavored.

Posted by: cav03 | October 19, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

What a beautiful endorsement.

I strongly recommend to any of you who hasn't fully listen to Powell's endorsement speech to do so. It's really speaking volumes, without any hysteria. And it helps to understand his courageous initiative.

Posted by: think-of-it | October 19, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

“I don’t believe [Palin] is ready to be president of the United States,” Powell said flatly.

COLIN POWELL the REAL MAVERICK

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

People here are saying that Powell should get a job under Obama because "he's knowledgeable on world affairs".

Really? The same people excuse Powell's UN speech by saying Bush fooled him. How does a knowledgeable person get fooled by an idiot?
How could a knowledgeable person be taken in by the crap Bush put out on WMD?

In fact, Powell DID know it was a pack of lies, and his own Chief of Staff, Colonel Larry Wilkerson, who spent three days preparing that speech with him, has described how Powell privately called it garbage, even as he prepared to sell it to the American people.

Notice the world didn't believe Powell's presentation. They continued to vote against attacking Iraq. But then he wasn't trying to convince foreign governments, who knew the real score. His lie was aimed at the American people, who didn't.

I support Obama in this election, but I won't support an administration that re-hires Iraq war criminals.

Posted by: kenonwenu | October 19, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow! That's quite an endorsement. Republicans can say what they want, but they would have loved to have seen Powell make such a forceful case for McCain. Any Independent who's torn is likely to be influenced by Powell's argument. No endorsement by anybody transforms things, but on the margins this one will help Obama quite a bit.

Posted by: skrut003 | October 19, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. President, it would seem we have differing views of the national interest"
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Elliot L. Richardson

How is it that 35 years ago a President was impeached for lying and covering it up only for this Presidential election to be decided by a pathological liar and those who will help him cover up his lies?

Posted by: rtfanning | October 19, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What??? A black endorsed another black! Who is suprised? Anyone say Opra Black over women

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell's reasoning for endorsing Senator Obama was well thought out with determination and with America's best interest uppermost in mind.. Senator McCain has allowed his campaign to take the low road and to resort to character assassination of Obama that is both threatening and detrimental to the forward progress of America. Who needs a president with no scruples..someone who is willing to lie to the people that he intends to do the most harm to..by cutting programs that most of these shallow minded people rely heavily on for their everyday existence. Obama believes in a bottom up economic strategy and McCain believes in a trickle down strategy.. and we have seen the effects of that strategy.. jobs shipped overseas and umemployment at it's highest ..with executive bonuses higher than ever...McCain/Palin...BAD FOR AMERICA

Posted by: sabrina2 | October 19, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Today's endorsement of Obama by General Colin Powell is a landmark event. I believe we can now try to look ahead to see what his cabinet will look like. Maybe Warren Buffett as Secretary of the Treasury and General Powell as Secretary of State or Defense. Wow! a "Dream Team" is developing after all.

Posted by: dhcobra | October 19, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Even smart respected people go senile. Here's why Powell is: Obama couldn't get a security job in the parking lot of a Chuck E. Cheese with his shady background, corrupt friends, terrorist backers, connection to Louis Farrakahn via his racist Black Liberation Theology anti-American Church that teaches black are the true Jews while whites and Jews in Israel are really cursed Edomites (See http://www.theisraelofgodatl.com/Lost%20tribes%20of%20Israel.htm ) AND YET THE GANGSTA THUG RAPPER SUPPORTED GUY WITH AN ISLAMIC MIDDLE NAME WHO SAYS 'MY MUSLIM FAITH' IS GARNISHING SUPPORT FROM POWELL TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. THIS IS INSANE!!!! The morale of the military will sink to an all time low along with increased racial problems while we are in war w/Fascist suicide bombing Muslims along with Russia-Venezuala-China-Iran-N.Korea all flexing their muscles. Powell has lost his marbles or showing some deep seeded 'black power' racism or both. Powell should fully retire and go fly fishing while taking his Dimentia/Alzheimer's medicine.

Posted by: techsavvy777 | October 19, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Stupid, stupid Obamabots. Powell is a Neocon warmonger traitor sell-out. All the more despicable because (like John McCain) he once had a code of honor. Yet because of this 11th hour "endorsement", he's suddenly "respected" and "heroic". Guess what, this guy is a "war criminal", and he's going to be put on trial for "war crimes," and then he's going to be "executed".

You people really have no connection with reality anymore. You're incapable of understanding the underlying ideals involved, so you treat politics like gang warfare. To all but you blithering imbeciles, it doesn't matter whether the President is a Montague or a Capulet. We'd rather have somebody who puts the country above petty vendettas and feuds.

Posted by: omega_man | October 19, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

pgr88: to answer your question, what we are to think of Powell going from being an architect of the war, as you put it, to endorsing Obama, is that he has a brain.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 19, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

so 4% on the marginal rate is socialist? then we must have been a socialist country until the Bush tax cut, right? or do you think we will be until there's a flat tax on all income with no zero bracket, standard deduction, or exemptions? the tax code has been progressive since just after it was enacted, and since defense, roads, etc benefit everyone equally, it will always be that taxes are based on ability to pay, and expenditures on the nation's needs. so returning to the pre Bush rates is socialist? Now if Obama were proposing to revive welfare with the money, we could talk socialism, but he just wants to give a small tax break to those earning up to $250,000. hardly welfare to take less of their money for the government and let them keep it.

as for Powell, it's hardly too late, Obama's victory is anything but inevitable, and the timing is, to me, pretty darn good. and yes, he's not without his faults, but he still carries some weight with me (I'm white, btw).

And if Bush 1's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Bush 2's Secretary of State thinks Obama is ready to be Commander in Chief, that sort of takes care of that.

And thank you Colin, for calling out Palin on her ridiculous (though that's kind of redundant) comment that she loves visiting "the pro-America regions" of America. like she needs to go on a long road trip to do that. And no, JakeD, she wasn't cleared. I'm a lawyer, and the ethics violation isn't mooted by the legality of the firing of Monegan. The ethics violation was using Todd and others to pressure Monegan and others to fire Wooten despite there being no legal basis to do it under the personnel system (the disciplinary case having concluded with penalties that could not be modified upwards after the fact) and under circumstances that put those officials under unlawful pressure to do something wrong or risk the wrath of the governor. That ethical violation is utterly independent of the legality of the termination, which isn't entirely settled yet either (the report essentially says it's not for us to decide whether her independent reasons were pretextual, we know she fired him in part for bad reasons, but she could fire him for the reasons she cited, so if she can prove to the personnel board they were the real reasons, good for her). hardly a clearing on that either.

and for calling out McCain on his sleazy campaign, and the idea that being a muslim would be an issue (and no, JakeD, he isn't lying about it either).

and that McCain has been incoherent on the economy, and for picking someone who isn't ready to be President (the only job of the VP - it's actually more important that the VP have experience than that the top of the ticket have it - think about it, if nothing happens, the Pres has the VP's experience, if it does, your stuck with the VP)

talk about Straight Talk. if we'd had more of it from McCain, he would be better off.

Posted by: JoeT1 | October 19, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to watch the Republican rubes turn on Colin Powell because he stuck to his principles and was honest enough to endorse Obama.

Being Republicans and being rubes, they would have preferred Powell to have been like them: dishonest and unprincipled.

Posted by: pali2500 | October 19, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, first time I am hearing someone saying "So what if Barack is a Muslim..."

Posted by: souljahzonfiya | October 19, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

One- Powell was lied to by Cheney, Rumsford and the CIA, just as the world was lied to about WMDs.

Two- It is an important endorsement because Powell is considered the most respected statesman n the country.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!! FAUX NEWS ALERT !!!!!!!

"JESUS CHRIST endorses OBAMA / BIDEN"

Republican fascist racist along with neocon Nazi's rampage....They Arrest Jesus Christ....They hammer a crown of thorns onto his head...they nail him to a cross....they scream.........

"GIVE US McSAME...."RELEASE McSAME the MURDERER TO US"....."CRUCIFY JESUS CHRIST"

"CRUCIFY HIM" "JESUS IS A SOCIALIST" "CRUCIFY HIM"

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

So one of the key architects of the Iraq War now supports the guy who would have abandoned his strategy and lost the war.

What are we to think of Powell?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

darin_holmes

In your reference to Powell endorsing a fool, I take it you are talking about his stint with the second Bush he served?

Posted by: daweeni | October 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

And, ---here another word from the Poster Child for a Racist American --Scruffy1970.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

If I am not mistaken Colin Powell is Black and Obama is Black. Right there is the reason Powell endorsed Obama. No other reason at all. He may say it is for other reasons but it is a lie. All Whites should vote for Mccain-Palin because they are White. It is sad that Blacks are such racists that they support Obama. This shows why our country is divided..there is too much diversity.

Posted by: Scruffy1970 | October 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

There it is - folks! Words of wisdom from SCRUFFY1970.

Thanks for that old SCRUFFY 1, and now hundreds of real Americans are reacting to your ignorance by sending in hundreds of more small donations to Obama.

Thanks Scruufy -- between you and Failin' while Flailin' McPalin ---Obama's bank account grows larger every day.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | October 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

if not a cabinet position senator obama would be blessed to have secretary powell in a high level position to confer with on foreign policy issues.he'll need someone that's knowledgeable on world affairs and someone along with senator biden that he can trust.with senator biden and secretary powell i'll give that tandem an A plus.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | October 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Not everyone bashing Powell here is a Republican. I support Obama, and know that tactically, Powell's belated endorsement is worth a few (no longer necessary) votes, but I can't bring myself to welcome this hollow man to the Democratic big tent.

It's because the tent is big that Powell is now (at this late hour) trying to get in. Because he knows that that's where the jobs are.

I realise the politically smart thing to do is welcome him and praise his wisdom. But I can't. I sincerely hope Obama doesn't give him a job.

Powell isn't leading the American people on this - he's following them.

Posted by: kenonwenu | October 19, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"He is black." - Simpletons use simple arguments just like George Bush:"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

Posted by: jellybean1 | October 19, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow an endorsement from Colin Powell. I wish I could switch my vote back to Obama. NOT.

Let's see Colin Powell, the general that I trust sooooo very much. Actually, I remember him as the ass wipe that lied in front of the UN about weapons of mass destruction. Now he has confirmed what I knew: he is an opportunist like his endorsee Obama. Now that Obama appears as the clear winner, he endorses him.

I would have though of him as courageous and admired him for the endorsement if he would have done that 8 months ago. Instead he waits until people are already planning the victory parties.

General Powell, in the words of Marting Luther king, Jr: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Because believe me it is comfortable and convenient at this time to endorse Obama when he is leading in almost every poll. I measure Powell with a ruler big enough for ants. I don't see your endorsement as courageous. Courage was necessary not to lie for Bush in front of the United Nations. When courage was needed Powell had NONE. I find his endorsement of Obama quite pathetic

Posted by: dosomething123 | October 19, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The racism and invective being employed here against General Powell is really pathetic, proving once again that when it comes to the wingnuts, they are really beyond the "Palin."

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 19, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Tracker 11: Y0u are exactly right. When we start looking out for ourselves, the country loses.

I have never been opposed to paying taxes. I don't realistically expect a tax cut when the deficit is approach a trillion dollars. I was merely pointing out that the Republicans haven't exactly looked out for the middle class. (Of which I am not the only member)

Taxes are actually my last concern when voting -- social, environmental, economic and global issues are of far greater importance.

Obama/Biden '08!

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him? They're trying to connect [Obama] to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate... Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.

"This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."

-- Colin Powell

he keeps talking about him mr. powell, because thats how you find someones values-(look at there past)- it tells alot about that person-- i looked up to you mr powell until you disgraced your name by endorsing a fool.. the only thing narrow is your wave of thought toward this..i hope the american people can see though this stupidity--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Message to Colin, author of the Hollow Powell Doctrine: Endorsement not needed. You rode the neocon wave when it suited you; more than ANYONE, you above all Americans could have put a stop to the reckless invasion of Iraq by resigning from the nut job neocon agenda. With nearly 4,200 of America's finest dead and over 30,000 wounded, to say nothing of the husbands, wives, children, parents, friends and family who have had to endure the severe burden, you flippantly foisted on them--it is most telling that either you have forgiven yourself or you remain in the delusional bubble you and your colleagues reside in such that you actually think your endorsement carries some weight today--yet you felt your endorsement didn't matter to stop a War for Oil when you were at the height of your power? Classic opportunism.

Despite all the good you did earlier in your career, it does not overcome your egregious conduct and gargantuan failure to put your country and its laws first. Your endorsement encapsulates your delusional state, you are now an uninvited guest, the crazy uncle appearing at a garden party.

PS Clue: If you want to be rehabilitated endorsing the obvious winner is not the way to do it. Either turn State's evidence about the Bush cabal's actions to foist the lies on the American public (buying off journalists, etc) the policy of instituting torture, and spend a year cleaning bedpans at Walter Reed--actually meet the men and women you allowed to be sent to their hell.

Posted by: cisconwa | October 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The racist reaction to Colin Powel by knee-jerk wing-nuts is going to turn off a lot of moderate Republicans. They will most likely stay home on election day, and many more may even back Obama on Nov. 4.

So, keep up your racist rants and you make a landslide Obama victory more likely. Thanks!

McCain = Tax Breaks for Exxon
Obama = Tax Breaks for the middle class.

Would jesus support Exxon or the middle class?

Obama 08! Send McCain back to the senate to watch the GOP wither on the vine due to his tactics and send Palin back to Alaska to face her many ethics voilations.

Posted by: AppeaseThis | October 19, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...

Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL MAY HELP STAVE OFF AN INCIPIENT COUP:

WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

(If links are broken, please contact admins at www.nowpublic.com)

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Will the GOP Thugs Now SwiftBoat Colin Powell Too?

So now the big question is when and if--and by how much--McCain, Gov. Sarah Palin and the Republican attack machine will attempt to impugn the character and military record of Powell with a Swift boat-like smear campaign. Just remember what these thugs did to Sen. John Kerry, a five-time decorated war hero. With just 16 days left before the election, and the polls and the electoral map swinging appreciably in Obama's direction, it is highly likely that the heretofore unassailable Powell--an American political and military icon--will be swept up in the muck as the desperation of the McCain camp intensifies. You can bet that key endorsements from Powell and legendary billionaire investor Warren Buffett--placing Obama in some very good company on the military and economic fronts--will cause the Rethugs to ratchet up their incendiary rhetoric on William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and ACORN....and that Powell, the once-mighty conservative war-hero and pillar within the Republican establishment, is now just another unpatriotic pawn of the effete liberal elite.

And I'm sure, as Brokaw suggested to Powell, there'll be more than a few McCain surrogates who make the irresponsible and reprehensible charge that the endorsement represents nothing more than one black man voting for another.

Powell: "If I had only had that in mind, I could have done this 6, 8, 10 months ago. I really have been going back and forth between somebody I have the highest respect and regard for, John McCain, and somebody I was getting to know, Barack Obama. And it was only in the last couple of months that I settled on this. And I can't deny that it will be a historic event for an African-American to become president. And should that happen, all Americans should be proud, not just African-Americans, but all Americans, that we have reached this point in our national history where such a thing could happen....who will also not only electrify our country, I think, it will electrify the world."

To be sure, as the White House appears to be sliping from its grasp, the McCain camp will be stepping up its negative campaigning over the next 16 days, and to what degree, if any, Powell plays a part in that is anyone's guess.

http://ostroyreport.blogspot.com/2008/10/colin-powell-endorses-obama-for.html

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 19, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Great endorsement for Obama by a highly respected republican statesman and military hero, who has not left the republican party, but whose party is leaving him, as well as many other informed republicans.

That "narrowing" group of americans will downplay and minimize Powell's endorsement of Obama simply because they have to. While Powell's decision to endorse Obama for all of his positives, his reasons for not endorsing McCain, are scathing:

Erratic behaviour
Poor judgment
The racial/muslim inferrences
Sarah Palin selection
Continuation of Bush policies
Party direction

All true.

It would seem to me that the republicans are at this point, barely clinging on to power by their fingernails, one foot on a very shaky ledge called Palin. Like the cornered animals that they are - and as evidenced already, they are capable of some of the worst in mankind.

Remembering that the mind is like a parachute - that it usually works best when it's open, I hope the Powell endorsement changes a few minds, or at least that it opens a few.

Posted by: jfern03 | October 19, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes Mr. Poweell, you are indeed and man of integrity!

I am also sad to see some people try to make a racial issue out of leadership ability.

Powell is voting for Obama because he is the best person for the job, not because of Obama's skin color.

It is sad to see some folks just cannot live in America without being racist.

McCain says that Obama wan't to redistribute the wealth. But if you look at the electorial map, it's the blue states supporting Obama that bring in the most taxes. what these people are saying is, they want there money spent to help America and Americans, not just a few criminal CEO's ripping of the world. We need to invest in all American issues, not just a few.

It's our country! We live here too. My ancestor's have been in America since the begining of the USA. I am tiered of the same old people telling me, I am not deserving.

It's time Americans stand up, and stop falling for the same old, same old ignorance!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | October 19, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This matters even less than WaPo and NYT endorsements. In fact, Hillary "endorsed" Obama are there will still be millions of McCain Democrats voting for him.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse
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Dried up old angry California ex-lawyer BLATHER. JakeD you've been polluting these blogs for many months with your half-truths and bitter ranting. Why don't you go take a nice long walk in the Southern California sunshine and think about your life.

Or ---think about GETTING A LIFE!

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | October 19, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him? They're trying to connect [Obama] to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate... Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.

"This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."

-- Colin Powell

he keeps talking about him mr. powell, because thats how you find someones values-(look at there past)- it tells alot about that person-- i looked up to you mr powell until you disgraced your name by endorsing a fool.. the only thing narrow is your wave of thought toward this..i hope the american people can see though this stupidity--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I love how Powell so eloquently endorsed Obama. I would love to see him on Obama's ticket. He is widely respected and admired

Posted by: prosperity2un2000 | October 19, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Anybody that says they are going to vote for Obama because Powell endorsed him is full of you know what. If you read you know that this has been reported for sometime. It is all about race know matter how hard Powell tried to make it about everything else. Do you really think he is going to vote for a white man over a black man? I lost respect for Powell a long time ago when he made his speech to the UN and then acted like he didn't know what he was doing and blaming everyone but himself for what he did. He is just like so many voters that always want to blame someone else for their own screw ups. I doubt that Powell is that respected in the service after he sold them out.

Posted by: sque1 | October 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If I am not mistaken Colin Powell is Black and Obama is Black. Right there is the reason Powell endorsed Obama. No other reason at all. He may say it is for other reasons but it is a lie. All Whites should vote for Mccain-Palin because they are White. It is sad that Blacks are such racists that they support Obama. This shows why our country is divided..there is too much diversity.

Posted by: Scruffy1970 | October 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm a middle aged over weight, hard-working white guy.

I am voting for Barack Hussein Obama in the election.

And I'm doing it tomorrow. Early voting is going on where I live.

You have about 27 hours to try to change my mind.

But don't bother. It won't happen.

Obama WILL be YOUR next president.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 19, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Now we get to see some of that racism and ignorance emerge from the dark caves where the racists were hiding and out into the open. Good, the light of day will vaporize these racists like so many low-rent, B-movie vampires. Colin Powell joins with other rational, thinking Americans in endorsing the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Republicans can only offer Jurassic McCain and the bumper sticker "wisdom" of Sarah Palin. Just hope that we can fix the damage done by 8 years of Bush/Cheney, that's it's not too late.

Posted by: Jerryvov | October 19, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell - waited till today to endorse Barrack Obama? I guess this really is about race afterall.

Posted by: wendy1231 | October 19, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse
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INDEED --it's about the HUMAN race.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | October 19, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Sorry General. Your late endorsement and credibility is a big fat Z-E-R-O right about now. There are a lot of other successful generals, admirals and others among the rest of us who served in Iraq that support McCain by overwhelming margins. No Nicotine gum smacking, legal shyster in our Oval Office, thank you.

OIF Vets For McCain

Posted by: palmettonajjar | October 19, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This matters even less than WaPo and NYT endorsements. In fact, Hillary "endorsed" Obama are there will still be millions of McCain Democrats voting for him.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse
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So true. But millions more of Hillary supporters are supporting Obama. And millions of Reaganauts like me and Christopher Buckley are backing Obama. So there's that...

Palin and her crowd really decided the matter for millions of Americans. (Not for me, I was already for the smart guy that was running.) McCain's time was vs. Bush in 2000, not 2008. And torpedoing a McCain presidency to Bush's list of offenses. And it's a long list, with destroying the respectability of the Republican Party -- that Goldwater and Reagan worked so long and hard to establish -- near the top.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

PA_DC...YESSS!

Now, shut off the computers and get off your duffs, folks. It's a lovely autumn day to be out there campaigning for OBAMA/BIDEN.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Racist rednecks did not have a problem with Powel when he supported bunch of nazis in White House!!!! Suddenly they have problem when he is no longer supporting them and other clansmen. All normal white people will support Obama and they respected Powel always. Other trash can support Bush policies anytime, but good will win this time.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I am very glad not to hear Republicans' calling Secretary Powell a traitor. I couldn't believe the name-calling when Governor Richardson endorsed Obama. I hope a future President Obama will consider Mr. Powell as his Secretary of State, instead of Senator Clinton, who has no executive experience.

Posted by: dummy4peace | October 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Colin Powell! Your comments are exactly why white, black, yellow, or brown...we're all voting for Obama and taking the country back. USA!!

Posted by: PA_DC | October 19, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!! FAUX NEW ALERT !!!!!!!

"JESUS CHRIST endorses OBAMA / BIDEN"

Republican fascist racist along with neocon Nazi's rampage....They Arrest Jesus Christ....They hammer a crown of thorns onto his head...they nail him to a cross....they scream.........

"GIVE US McSAME...."RELEASE McSAME the MURDERER TO US"....."CRUCIFY JESUS CHRIST"

"CRUCIFY HIM"

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 19, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The abuse heaped upon General Powell and his reputation here is really pretty pathetic. It proves once again -- as has been the case with the neocons all along -- that when the arguments don't favor you, resort to invective and epithets.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

How hypocritical for ReTHUGlicans to criticize Powell for lying to the UN, when he was lying for Dubya/dick.

So according to their illogic, the reason why his endorsement of Obama is bad is because he supported Dubya/dick?

I guess that means Dubya/dick are bad, and if they are bad, then McCain, who votes for their policies 95% of the time is also bad.

Thanks ReTHUGlicans, you just endorsed Obama for president!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 19, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Come on white people, vote your race or there won't be anything left for you, your family or your future decendants. When Colin Powell goes racist like this, you have own up to your heritage."

Exactly. I'm owning up to my heritage by voting for Barack, since he is half WHITE.

I realize that doesn't matter to you. Which only demonstrates that you're more than just a garden-slug-variety racist (as you yourself profess), but a "one drop" racist, the kind that leaves the widest trail of slime.

Posted by: laboo | October 19, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama couldn't win a pillow fight against against a french girlscout; with his vast military experience!

Posted by: donmac1 | October 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse
______________________

Yeah, but the last time I checked, Obama was kicking your candidate's pasty old a$$ raw

Posted by: vmunikoti | October 19, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell - waited till today to endorse Barrack Obama? I guess this really is about race afterall.

Posted by: wendy1231 | October 19, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him? They're trying to connect [Obama] to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate... Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.

"This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."

-- Colin Powell

he keeps talking about him mr. powell, because thats how you find someones values-(look at there past)- it tells alot about that person-- i looked up to you mr powell until you disgraced your name by endorsing a fool.. the only thing narrow is your wave of thought toward this..i hope the american people can see though this stupidity--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Once again, if anyone dares to speak out against the Neocon-Fascist regime, that person gets smeared.

Congratulations stoopid Republican sheeple for a perfect record of mud slinging and ad hominems that have nothing to do with the issues!

Colin Powell, an experienced, competent, intelligent military man has made an excellent decision. Can the merits of his decision be debated?

NO! We have to hear ridiculous claims that he is a racist because Obama is also half black.

Does that mean McCain is also a racist for choosing Sarah Palin, a white woman? Of course not!

But the radical right who live down the rabbit hole must keep the Kool-Aid flowing! Without that, they have nothing.

This is why Obama and the Democrats will win big on Election Day. People are tired of the ridiculous and pathetic behavior coming from the McCain campaign and the GOP in general.

There's a reason we call them ReTHUGlicans. They don't argue logically, they lie, smear and bully. It's the same reason why they have become widely unpopular and won't win on Election Day, again!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 19, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow an endorsement from Colin Powell. I wish I could switch my vote back to Obama. NOT.

Let's see Colin Powell, the general that I trust sooooo very much. Actually, I remember him as the ass wipe that lied in front of the UN about weapons of mass destruction. Now he has confirmed what I knew: he is an opportunist like his endorsee Obama. Now that Obama appears as the clear winner, he endorses him.

I would have though of him as courageous and admired him for the endorsement if he would have done that 8 months ago. Instead he waits until people are already planning the victory parties.

General Powell, in the words of Marting Luther king, Jr: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Because believe me it is comfortable and convenient at this time to endorse Obama when he is leading in almost every poll. I measure Powell with a ruler big enough for ants. I don't see your endorsement as courageous. Courage was necessary not to lie for Bush in front of the United Nations. When courage was needed Powell had NONE. I find his endorsement of Obama quite pathetic

Posted by: dosomething123 | October 19, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow an endorsement from Colin Powell. I wish I could switch my vote back to Obama. NOT.

Let's see Colin Powell, the general that I trust sooooo very much. Actually, I remember him as the ass wipe that lied in front of the UN about weapons of mass destruction. Now he has confirmed what I knew: he is an opportunist like his endorsee Obama. Now that Obama appears as the clear winner, he endorses him.

I would have though of him as courageous and admired him for the endorsement if he would have done that 8 months ago. Instead he waits until people are already planning the victory parties.

General Powell, in the words of Martin Luther king, Jr: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Because believe me it is comfortable and convenient at this time to endorse Obama when he is leading in almost every poll. I measure Powell with a ruler big enough for ants. I don't see his endorsement as courageous. Courage was necessary not to lie for Bush in front of the United Nations. When courage was needed Powell had NONE. I find his endorsement of Obama quite pathetic

Posted by: dosomething123 | October 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

A quick analysis of the anti-Obama/anti Colin Powell comments shows a lot of racism, hatred and ignorance (e.g. equating a progressive income tax code with Marxism). I think Brooks is correct in his analysis that the Republican party is losing its intelligent, analytic members. It is being pared down to the angry, racist part of the party which backed George Wallace. The unifying theme is a hatred for Obama.

Posted by: DocGreen | October 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Friends don't let friends post in all caps. Fight the power. End stupidity in America and abolish caps lock. Thank you, and God bless.

Posted by: YouGotRooted | October 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

darin_holmes writes: "so i predict obama will win, because he will capture the (dumb people vote."

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Have you seen the people asking questions at McCain's town halls? Not exactly Rhodes scholars. Or Joe the Plumber? Doesn't understand that he'd be paying lower taxes under Obama's plan?

Seriously, though, intellectual conservatives are jumping off the McCain bandwagon two at a time. Maybe they are tired of a party that demonizes the "elite" and panders to "Joe Six-pack."

Democrats and Republicans will both get ballots from uninformed voters. The difference is that the Republicans are going out of their way to exploit their ignorance.

Posted by: tsawyer_mv | October 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

95% of blacks are voting for obama. Powell is just joining his brothers from other mothers making it a totally racist voting pattern.
Come on white people, vote your race or there won't be anything left for you, your family or your future decendants. When Colin Powell goes racist like this, you have own up to your heritage. If you don't, all is lost. They will have affirmative actioned and entitled themselves all the way to the White House. Call me a racist, I don't care. Fight fire with fire.
Vote McCain/Palin
Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 19, 2008 12:55 PM
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As a white person, I find your statements to be ugly and sickening. Colin Powell was not endorsing a black man, he was endorsing a man he believes will help this country in many ways. YOU are the racist, not he. Grow up, boy!

Posted by: lassair | October 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If George W. Bush and John McCain had followed the Powell Doctrine (troop levels, and exit plan) rather than the GWBush Doctrine, Iraq might not have deteriorated into such a mess that we are still there going-on 6 years later. McCain's foreign policy advisor is Randy Schuenemann former director of PNAC. PNAC, you remember, is the organization that has been pushing this idea of invading Iraq and putting (global crook) Ahmed Chalabi in power, since the Clinton years. They STILL want to fulfill a pipedream of dominating the mideast and establishing a Conservative Utopia.
Is it any wonder that rational minds are saying no to the PNAC/RAPTURE ticket?!!!

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

People be graceful and thankful as Obama is and give thx to Colin Powell for his edorsement. His analysis concering the two campaigns is remarkable. He is right!

He will be helpful!

Obama is awesome. He has the ability to convince people.

Everything Colin Powel had said about Barack Obama is soooo true. That's why a great deal of the US nation and the world admire him. He makes you ignore race, colour, religion, nationality and makes you see the positive side of everything!

Whatever his reason is to endorse Barack Obama, Colin Powell's endorsement is Huge! And I thank him for that and Jesus too!!

Thank you Jesus!!

Posted by: Sun-angel | October 19, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

For those who think Obama is a socialist--at least socialist share the gains as well as the losses. What we are facing now is fascism. Our tax dollars are paying for the mansions and yachts of the heads of financial corporations.

Powell's endorsement proves that the republican party is in disarray. The only candidate that reflected the true colors of the party was Ron Paul and they all thought he was a nut. It's really the other way around.

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 19, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Exco: Thanks,nice post....

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 19, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a huge deal! I am an Iraq war veteran and let me tell you, Colin Powell has a big influence among the military and their families. My Mother called me this morning and woke me up to give me this news that General Powell had endorsed Obama. And guess what, she is voting for Obama (she was leaning McCain up to this point). I bet you there are thousands of families like mine who will take Gen. Powell's endorsement into consideration. I was already leaning Obama but this endorsement is the icing on the cake. I feel very confident voting for Sen. Obama now.

Posted by: nav297 | October 19, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!! FAUX NEW ALERT !!!!!!!

"JESUS CHRIST endorses OBAMA / BIDEN"

Republican fascist racist along with neocon Nazi's rampage....They Arrest Jesus Christ....They hammer a crown of thorns onto his head...they nail him to a cross....they scream.........

"GIVE US McSAME...."RELEASE McSAME the MURDERER TO US"....."CRUCIFY JESUS CHRIST"

"CRUCIFY HIM"

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 19, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Let's not make Dickey C mad, he could endorse Obama easy if you piss him off. After all, they are distant relatives, remember that from early parts of ellections.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

With speedo1 as an example.

Anyone else notice how everyone left in the GOP sounds like crazy McCain lady?

When campaigns rely on saying "Aw shucks the other candidate is a socialist/terrorist" you know they have gone nuts.

Heck even McCain sounds like crazy McCain lady!

Things are getting too sad.

Here you go have a laugh!
http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/update-crazy-mccain-lady-we-liked-it/768741

Posted by: walker1 | October 19, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICAN POWEL SUPPORTING DEMOCRAT OBAMA!

OOOOOOUUUUCH!!!!! THAT IS WORSE THAT SKIN CANCER AND LOOSING AGAINST GEORGE BUSH.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

In reading many of the comments on this board, I can't help but think how right William Buckley was when he told his son that the hardest part of being on the right is separating the conservatives from the kooks.

When the dust settles after the election -- whatever the outcome -- conservatives who understand that our country was founded on tolerance need to take back the Republican Party.

John McCain is a thinking, tolerant conservative who could have been a decent president. If he's not elected it will be due in part to the economy, in part to Obama's unique appeal, in part to the nation's disillusion with Bush, and in part to his selection of an unqualified running mate. But he lost the votes of many of the Independents and Democrats who would have considered voting for him -- myself included -- on the day he decided to vigorously pursue the votes of the Republikooks.

He had the unique opportunity to bring the Republican Party back to the center and, unfortunately, decided to pass.

Reasonable people from both parties can disagree on tough issues including how to end the war, abortion, health care, education, etc. What we can't disagree on and hope to survive as a nation is the concept of one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. All for the kooks that don't seem to get it means rich, poor; black, white, other; Christian, Muslim, Jew, atheist; seventh generation American or first.

And, a special note to Sara Palin: one nation, indivisible means that there are not pro-American states and anti-American states, there is just one United States.

Posted by: exco | October 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

hiram....
Not just the AA, but the WA TRUE conservatives...Parker, Buckley, Will, Brooks, etc. Obama's fellow democrats have endorsed him, but, except for Leiberman (I) and Graham (R), it has been eerily quiet amongst McCain's fellow Republican senators. I would suspect Dick Lugar to be a (secret) Obama supporter since the two have worked together on nuclear disarmament issues.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a few more stupid, nasty, vicious and dishonest remarks from Palin could get Dick Cheney to endorse Obama.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 19, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

What is next from McCain? RoboCalls athat Colin Powel is a terrorist and liar and traitor?

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

There will be more McCain Democrats -- cue charges of "racism" -- than there will be Obama Republicans. His underdog status virtually guarantees that much.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:31 AM
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You seem pretty confident about that, but I don't see any evidence to support it.

Posted by: smc91 | October 19, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. McCain says he a washed-up old terrorist—then why does he keep talking about him? They're trying to connect [Obama] to some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think that's inappropriate... Now I understand what politics is all about — I know how you can go after one another. And that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift.

"This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point. We have got to stop polarizing ourselves in this way. And John McCain is as non-discriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that within the party, we have these kinds of expressions."

-- Colin Powell

Posted by: ScottinNC | October 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I get such a kick when some comments suggest that Black people are racist because they are voting for the Black candidate. I hate to break this to you but the Republican Party isn't exactly a bastion of minorities, Blacks have historically voted Democratic over the past 40 years. And so when the cast their votes for the White candidate were they considered race traitors?

Get used to saying President Barack Hussein Obama it will lesson the sting on January 20, 2009

Posted by: AverageJane | October 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

i told all of you that was about race-- obama and powell has absolutly nothing in common--period..95% of blacks will vote for a black canidate- on matter what he/she believes or there values-- is that racist toward whites? -- and the timing was good too huh?-- but i think americans can see whats goin on..well, mabe not since the majority of americans are dumb, and obama knows this-- so i predict obama will win, because he will capture the (dumb people vote)-- does acorn sigh up the smart or the dumb vote? hummm

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 19, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

General Powell has just blown a giant hole in McCain's campaign, and no doubt the General's endorsement had much to do with his effusive words for Obama and his concern about McCain and Palin "crossing the line" as he put it. But it also probably has a lot to do with the crazy neocon foreign policy schemes that McCain has embraced lately. Moreover, America can't afford to have a vice president created by a wingnut like Bill Kristol.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 19, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powel dangereous man and wimp!!!! Now that is dumber than anything Sarah Palin says so far. He is danger to Bush, Chenney, Rumsfeld and all other crooks that are hiding in caves like their family friend Osama Bin Laden. Lets see how bad ut will get for McCain after this support from Powel. Lots of you morons were afraid that Powel would support Obama, because you know he is not stupid and that he would not be told to vote for McCain if he knows that McCain is same crap like Bush. This is the chnage that McCain can not bring to us.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

If Colin Powell had an ounce of moral courage, he would have endorsed Obama when the election's outcome was still in doubt, instead of trying to jump on the bandwagon now that Obama's the clear winner.

This is Powell all over. Can anyone think of a single occasion when Powell went AGAINST the conventional, dominant wisdom?

When Bush was popular (and he was), Powell supported him. When invading Iraq was popular (and it was - polls don't lie), Powell supported that. Now Obama is popular, and surprise, surprise, here's Colin Powell, gracing us with his company after others did all the hard work.

Powell is a lightweight, unprincipled jobseeker.
He supposedly created the Powell doctrine: fight only as a large resort, then commit overwhelming numbers for a swift victory. Well, he endorsed the Iraq war, an unnecessary war of choice fought with "light, agile forces" that are still bogged down there nearly six years later. It made a joke of his "doctrine", but it suited his career. The only thing that matters to Powell is maintaining his own phony gravitas.

Powell still can't stop lying.
'He later said he is "in no way interested in a return to government," but said he would consider any offers made by the next president.'

Which is it? In the very same breath he acknowledges he was lying about not being interested in a job.

Of course he's interested in a job. If McCain were ten points ahead, Powell would now be endorsing McCain, saying "I don't want a job but if the President calls..."

Maybe Obama can give Powell a job if he ever needs a plausible liar to sell an unjustified war of aggression.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 19, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Now that powell has said what he is going to say, how about him going back into his hole and never seeing the light of day again...What a useless endorsement, his choice but useless...socialism over capitalism, how much of his stuff will we get to share???

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy Colin Powell endorses Obama. After being ordered to deliver the cooked evidence for WMDs to the UN, Colin Powell has a right to distrust the movement conservatives who run the Bush administration and who run the McCain campaign and probably would have a major role to play in a McCain presidency. Statements to the effect that "brothers stick together" are so juvenile as to warrant no further attention. Movement conservatives have only one objective: seize and hold on to power. Other considerations (e.g. rule of law, upholding the Constitution, competent execution of government services) carry no weight.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | October 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"95% of blacks are voting for obama. Powell is just joining his brothers from other mothers making it a totally racist voting pattern."

Which is why 95% of blacks voted for Gore. And why 95% of blacks voted for Kerry.

As the pointy headed academics debate whether George W. Bush is the worst president in the history of our nation, let's give credit where credit is due - black folks are the only ones who got it right, twice! No other demographic came down on the impending disaster that has been the Bush/Cheney presidency so hard.

For that fact alone, Obama deserves to be the next president.

Posted by: BillinChicago1 | October 19, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The AA of the Bush Admin are deserting the McCain sinking ship. Condoleeza Rice should not be far behind.

Posted by: hiram1104 | October 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Powell is just looking for job with obama's gang of thugs. He panders to the MSM so they will put him on their talk shows.

Posted by: speedo1 | October 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Look at the racial hatred coming out on these boards now!!
Thank you neo-cons for showing the world what you really are!
Your hatred and ignorance, when displayed without abandon is causing a landslide shift in support for Obama.

We really couldn't have done it without you.
Thanks again and keep up the hard work!

Posted by: middler | October 19, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell made a very important point that has been shockingly missing from American political discourse: Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim, but what is wrong with being a Muslim? Ignorant people who equate muslims with terrorists need to be educated, and the media has been doing a lousy job of it. The Republican Party has been feeding this xenophobia all along in their desperate quest to hang on to power.

Posted by: AJBF | October 19, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you General Powell.

The big difference I saw in the Colin Powell today...and the one that influenced the Iraq war vote... is that he finally realized...

"He who accepts evil without protesting against it ... is really cooperating with it."

Posted by: jamdn463 | October 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

When McCain picked Palin as a VP choice, he branded himself as a nut. There's just no other way to look at it.

He'd only met her once or twice briefly, this according to him! John, what the heck were you thinking?! It certainly wasn't country first!

Posted by: middler | October 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

95% of blacks are voting for obama. Powell is just joining his brothers from other mothers making it a totally racist voting pattern.

Come on white people, vote your race or there won't be anything left for you, your family or your future decendants. When Colin Powell goes racist like this, you have own up to your heritage. If you don't, all is lost. They will have affirmative actioned and entitled themselves all the way to the White House. Call me a racist, I don't care. Fight fire with fire.

Vote McCain/Palin

Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 19, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Powell's words to day notwithstanding I for one cannot forgive his cowardly pass on not resigning when he knew that going to war in Iraq was not the right thing to do. The mere threat of that position might have swayed Bush to back off. I hold Tony Blair in similar contempt...these two being the only ones who might have held sway. As well, the splinters must still stick in Powell's pants for sitting on the fence for so long. Does anyone really care what he thinks at this late date? Self serving at best.

Posted by: mendonsa | October 19, 2008 12:41 PM

++++++++++

VERY WELL SAID.

LIKE A COWARD, HE COMES IN THE LAST WEEK (AND A HALF) TO PICKUP HIS CABINET SEAT.

WHO WILL TRUST HIM, INTERNATIONALLY? LETS FACE IT : THE MAN'S REPUTATION WAS BUSTED THE SECOND THE FIRST BOMB IN 'SHOCK AND AWE' EXPLODED.

COLLIN IS A WIMP, EASILY MANIPULATED. DANGEROUS MAN.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

CLAUDINE, you need to learn to spell and use proper grammar. i realize that you are a racist ignoramus, but even a moron, such as yourself, must realize that it is impossible to be a socialist, a communist, and a democrat all at the same time. thanks for showing us that the dead-enders of the mccain campaign are dangerously illiterate and stupid.

Posted by: memorybabe1 | October 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Surprise!Surprise! a black supporting a black. does that make 99.9%. Colin Powell sat at the U.N. and confirmed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq based on the same information Bush had.This may be a bigger boost for McCain than Obama because this definitely adds the racist element at its highest level.What does Powell know about Obama that we whites do not know?

Posted by: musing | October 19, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I SELL $6M WORTH OF MERCHANDISE A YEAR AND STILL DON'T MAKE $250K. DAMN!!!!

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Powell. He's been in the wrong political party for his entire life and he's finally woken up. I hope they make him Sec. of Defense so he can end this BS war for oil (woops) I mean terror.

Posted by: lulu9er | October 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Without a doubt, in my opinion, the core Republican Party is nothing more than a hate crime in motion.

The current mantra from the Republican Party is that Sen. Obama is an 'Islamic terrorist, commmie pinko, ni99er in the woodpile'. Can they stoop any lower?

One only has to watch the video clips of Sarah Palin inciting the crowd at that McCain rally to hate and violence. The only thing missing from the tableau was a large burning cross.

All one has to do is read the vile, vicious, malignant, racist comments referencing Sen Obama and Colin Powell posted to this bloc by the operatives from the Republican National Committee to understand the true nature of the Republican Party.

That being said, there is a rather perverse joy in watching them thrash around like rabid rats on a glue board.

For the last 8 years the Republican Party has 'Raped America First', abrogated the Consitution of the United States, made torture an official American policy, and made this great country a pariah throughout the world.

It's time for a real change.

Posted by: TightWhiteRight | October 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"I'm also very pleased to have the endorsement of world terrorist-at-large Secretary Kissinger"

Posted by: lichtme | October 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Powell blew experience to the wind with the OBama choice. All his other so called virtues trump experience. Amazing.

Posted by: newyorkerphil | October 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Another Republican with MILITARY EXPERIENCE endorse Obama, AGAIN!

McBlinky/Winky are through!

It's all over but the election fraud.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

So, I agree with other posters here,that
Colin Powell already sold his phony soul
when Powell went to the UN and lied about
WMDS for War Criminal in Chief Lying Loser
George W Bush so that Bush and Drsft Dodger
Cheney could illegal invade and occupy
Iraq,just so Bush could carry out his own
personal vendetta against Sadda Hussein
for alledgedly trying to kill his dear old
daddy George H W Bush as well as Powell was
rewarded by the Bush Crime Family for his
helping cover up Lt Calley's Mi Lie War
Crimes...So Colin Powell why did you lie
about WMDS now then? And that alone makes
your phony endorsement of Marxist Socialist
Democrat Messiah Barack Hussein Obama as
totally worthless as you and your lies are
Colin Powell. And the fact that your black
and Obama is black and that Obama has lied
and conned 95% of the black people into
voting for him as well,is duly noted Powell
you pathetic lying has been phony sell out.
And so your no War Hero Colin Powell just
another lying stooge is all. Disgusting.

Posted by: redheadclaudine | October 19, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

when gen.powell spoke at the united nations he was going by the information given to him by rumsfeld and cheney, and found out later he was lied too, that is why he resigned, gen. powell knows if mccain is elected we will never leave iraq and afganistan, and mccain along with sen.joe lieberman as his sec. of state we will be in a war with iran within the first year for israel..and everyone crying about a tax increase of people making 250,000 or more, god bless you, because i have never made close to 250,000 a year, wow most of us make 30,000-40,000 a year and will see a tax decrease under obama/biden, even when i owned my business for 20 years, when i got finished paying payroll,insurance,material,trucks,etc. my best year was 50,000 rest were under 50,000,,, 250,000 let me know what you guys or girls do, i would love to make that kind of money just 1 year.

Posted by: thailandjames1 | October 19, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 19, 2008 12:34 PM |

This was a very thougfully articulated endorsement. I was both horrified and disappointed in Powell's role in the runup to the Iraq war, but at least he is seeing clearly now. Congratulations, Mr. Powell. You have taken the first step toward redemption.

+++++++++++

George, thank you for the cure-it-all medicine,

You lied to the public and took them to an immoral, criminal war? Drink the Obama kool aid. Say that you will support the messiah and You will be forgiven for your transgressions. You will even be given a seat in his cabinet.

Did you kill your neighbor to steal his money and wife? Drink the Obama Kool Aid. Say you support the messian and You will be forgiven for your transgressions.

Did you cause a financial crisis with the abuse of the power given to you as head of the Fed.? No worry. Drink the Obama kool aid. Say that you will support him and all your transgressions are forgiven. You will even be given a seat in his cabinet.


Are you an obamabot cultist zombie supporting the messiah and drinking the kool aid by the keg?

You will get NOTHING. You have 90 days to pay your mortgage or leave the house, you SOB. (Said the messiah)

Posted by: coqui44 | October 19, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

First, kudos to Colin Powell for getting it right. His point about Sarah Palin needs amplification.

Sarah Palin has accused Senator Obama of 'palling around with terrorists,' and being 'anti-American.'

Yet, Palin's husband was a long-time member of a party that advocated seceding from the United States. And Sarah Palin has proudly addressed AIP's annual convention on more than 1 occasion.

It does not get more hypocritical than that.

Read the story, and watch her address this year's Alaskan Independence Party convention, at:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-secessionists.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Do you know what Republican party reminds me of...W.W.II Germany and the old U.S.S.R.....

If you didn't follow their doctrine....your one of the bad guys, traitors to your country...and they have the right to say and do whatever they have to, too achieve their objectives...

Obama has been called a terrorist, anti-American, a muslin, and worst...YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN - THEY USE THE (N) WORD IN PRIVATE...

As a Polish-American 59 year old Catholic who supported Bush 8 years ago, I am disgusted with the way the Republican Party has run their campaign..... running campaign ads supporting HATE, FEAR AND LIES HAVE NO PLACE IN AMERICA!!!!

OBAMA IN 08

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

maybe I was not clear on my last post.

If Obama is a Muslim, I would have no problem with that. If he is a Muslim and lies when asked about it, I would have a problem with that.

People came to America for religious freedom, not just Christian religious freedom.

BTW, my ballot came in yesterday (Oregon) and Obama will have my vote in the mail tomorrow.

Posted by: YUTZ | October 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Others may have said this in their blog already, so if they have, I am only adding to the chorus. Colin Powell had also told about a man of muslim faith who served with great honor for his country, with his life, based on 9/11.

Think about that again, what McCain and Palin has stoked in this election, a muslim by faith gave his LIFE for this country because he was greatly upset on what happened on 9/11.

That was as equal important as the VP pick, which was a great mistake by Sen. McCain.

Finally, I already voted for Sen. Obama in my state mostly not against Sen. McCain but against his VP pick - Gov. Palin who does not belong near the White House at this time.

Posted by: jrubin1 | October 19, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Powell's words to day notwithstanding I for one cannot forgive his cowardly pass on not resigning when he knew that going to war in Iraq was not the right thing to do. The mere threat of that position might have swayed Bush to back off. I hold Tony Blair in similar contempt...these two being the only ones who might have held sway. As well, the splinters must still stick in Powell's pants for sitting on the fence for so long. Does anyone really care what he thinks at this late date? Self serving at best.

Posted by: mendonsa | October 19, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

The history just keeps on unfolding in this campaign. So here's Colin Powell, with this magnificent, thoughtful monologue, at a stroke penning the final chapter in his political biography, and putting his time in the Bush Administration firmly in the past. As I watched Powell, I thought to myself, wow - people will be watching this clip a hundred years from now and marking it as the moment when everything changed in American politics. He summed up the entire scope of this election in seven minutes.
This is history worth watching.

Posted by: 661oldpost | October 19, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Paying taxes should not be a share the wealth program it is for providing service for the military clean water.ect. Not to take money from one person and give to others that have had children they can’t afford, lazy people that sit on the tails and wait for someone else to take care of them. If we could get these folks off the dole we would be able to take care of people that really need help Veterans, elderly, Handicapped

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse


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Is this endorsement motivated by race more than anything else - seriously did the white guy have a level playing field to get this endorsement?


Colin Powell give us a break.


Any party that gives a person a high-level cabinet position deserves a measure of loyalty which we obviously do not see here.


Powell should not blame McCain for Bush and Cheney.


John McCain is not President Bush - John McCain is vastly different from Bush. I am extremely disappointed in Powell and I have to wonder what kind of judgement he has.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone really care who a washed-up homophobe like Colin Powell supports for president? Powell had an opportunity to shine a light on fairness and anti-discrimination, but he blundered big time and lost all credibility by supporting Don't Ask, Don't Tell. When you lie with dogs, don't act surprised when you get fleas.

Posted by: hgheiss1 | October 19, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?" he asked. "The answer is no."

Posted by: YUTZ | October 19, 2008 12:22 PM

+++++++++++++++++

Hussein Zombies to the attack. Brainless.

what if he is muslim? what else is he that he is not telling us? If he is "my Muslim faith" why can't he come out and say it? Change? Hope? No more lies?

SO WHAT IF, ON TOP OF BEING MUSLIM, HE IS A MEMBER OF THE AYERS' UNDERGROUND GROUP?

I KNOW, I KNOW. OBAMABOTS HAVE SAID IT: EVEN IF HE'S CAUGHT IN A PUBLIC TOILET KISSING WITH OSAMA, THEY WILL STILL VOTE FOR HIM.

THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS CALLED A CULT.

OBAMA/WALL STREET '08

Posted by: coqui44 | October 19, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

This was a very thougfully articulated endorsement. I was both horrified and disappointed in Powell's role in the runup to the Iraq war, but at least he is seeing clearly now. Congratulations, Mr. Powell. You have taken the first step toward redemption.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 19, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell sold his soul when he addressed the United Nations and lied for George W Bush. There are now over 4000 american soldier deaths..


Oh no. there is a ring in h*ll waiting for Colin Powell and every person should revile him every day for the rest of his life.

shame on you Powell, you sold your soul and aloowe dsoldiers to go to their deaths for a lie you knew was a lie.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | October 19, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Well said, General Powell. Obama is the man for the times.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 19, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If I were a Republican, I would be heartbroken to see how dirty politics and extremist views have changed the party so much. I think that everyone should hope that Obama wins, because maybe then the "power brokers" in the republican party will rethink their policies of dirty smear campaigns and get back to promoting their views and candidates in a respectful, thoughtful way.

Posted by: claritygraph | October 19, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Powell endorses Obama. What a shocker.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 19, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

thailandjames1...YESSSSS!

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron:

That's no worse than the filth you post.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Would Powell have endorsed a white boy with the same qualifications and lack thereof as Obama ? Of course he would and any suggestion otherwise is racist . Right .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | October 19, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?" he asked. "The answer is no."

finally, someone has the guts to say it

Posted by: honed | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

How Obama lost the election.
1. Failure to stand up to Sara Palin and expose her lack of intelligence an make a serious issue out of 'troopergate.' Jeez she should have been hounded until McCain dropper her from the ticket.

2. Failure to highlight McCain's support for both Iraq war. Jeez ya actually sat there and let him criticize Biden for voting against the first Gulf War during the debates.

3. Failure to use George Bush's attacks on civil liberties as a major issue in the campaign.

4. Failure to highlight Supreme Court decisions against Bush's 'detainee' policy and criticize the use of torture.
Obama should have a whole series of ads devoted to the issue of torture.

5 Failure to quickly and assertively respond to mcCain's attacks.
I am still seeing money wasted on the lame 'hope and change' TV ad that was running in June.

6.Refusal to hold town hall debates. Obama blew a huge chance to confront the smears and destroy mcCain.

7 Failure to list his cabinet choice in the week after the final debate. Obama should have included at least 3 republicans to negate the claim that he is a radical left wing socialist.

8. Failure to forcefully respond to the "socialist" claim.

9. Failure to counter 'Joe The Plumber' by engaging other Americans in inpromptu question sessions and use the conversations in TV ads.
Should have had a whole series of "Obama talks w/ Joe Six Pack' ads.

Basically, he ran another wimpy Democratic campaign based on the flawed and historically inaccurate belief that independant voters don't respond to negative smear tactics.
Just ask John Kerry how they worked on him.

Posted by: torro67 | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

SOME OF YOU UNEDUCATED PRICKS ARE ACCUSING POWEL FOR SECURING WAR IN IRAQ!!!! BEFORE YOU SAY THAT OR EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT, DO SOME RESEARCH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN WHITE HOUSE AT THAT TIME BEFORE HE CAME OUT IN FRONT OF THE U.N. WHY BUSH PICKED HIM, WHY POWEL "RETIRED" SOON AFTER ATTACK ON IRAQ, WHY CHENNEY DOESN'T LIKE POWEL, WHAT POWEL TRIED TO CONVINCE BUSH BEFORE ATTACKING IRAQ. THERE ARE TV SHOWS AND BOOKS AND ARTICLES ABOUT POWEL AND IRAQ WAR CONNECTION. YOU WILL SEE THAR HE IS HONORABLE AND DESCENT SOLDIER AND MAN.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Jake D

If you were the person you profess you are you would be scared of Palin too. She is a person of exceptional political skill who offers little else to the country. That was Hitler and that was Bush. It is the results that Hitler produced for his country and not his evilness that I speak of. Shame on you. At one time I respected you, but I am loosing it.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama, the Kevlar Boy

Good for him. Nice to see finally everyone is coming to their senses.

But you should see the stuff is being written in dark crevices of that festering slob of dim wits otherwise known as rightosphere. Malkin and her stormtroopers are out for revenge, Limbaugh and his minions finally gets to hang a [...] and the momos at Fox News comment boards are finally showing their true colors: pasty, hate-filled, sophomoric white.


Posted by: indiebot | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This was a very thougfully articulated endorsement. I was both horrified and disappointed in Powell's role in the runup to the Iraq war, but at least he is seeing clearly now. Congratulations, Mr. Powell. You have taken the first step toward redemption.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

A major part of Obama's campaign has been focused on his speaking out against the Iraq war while he was an Illinois senator. Colin Powell was the main spokesman who was convinced that Iraq had WMD and who helped to convince millions of Americans also. Joe Biden voted for the war. If Obama was a man of principles, he would not have picked Biden for his VP candidate (even though Biden apologized for his vote.) He also shouldn't accept any endorsements from any senators who voted for the war, such as Dodd, Rockefeller, Kerry, Reid, etc. Colin Powell now endorses him and Obama is happily accepting his endorsement.

Posted by: mafox1 | October 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Anybody at MoveOn tell Obama that Powell lied about WMD? Oh, wait...

It gets harder and harder to tell the intended irony from the unintended.

We do need a generational change. Unfortunately Comrade Obama wants to go a few generations back.

Posted by: zjr78xva | October 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

YUTZ:

As I said, I would have no problem voting for a PRO-LIFE Muslim. My question is "what if Obama is lying?" see the difference?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Amazing! I'm a proud Democrat. But, I feel sorry for the rational members of Republican Party. The putrid comments toward anyone who disagrees with the downward spiral of this once GOP, clearly illustrate Colin Powell's point. John McCain has sold his soul to appeal to the rancid base which have destroyed the party. It's too late for McCain, but I hope others will step forward and denounce this element before the party completely self-destructs.

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

pattr1:

So, you were lying about Gov. Palin not taking questions from the press? As for your opinion, I watched it and still thought she's ready to be President. We'll have to agree to disagree.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:14 PM

+++

JakeD, haven't you read about the Hussein Truth Squad? THERE IS NO CIVILIZED DISCUSSION WITH THE CULTIST ZOMBIES.

They are fascists engaged in sending the SECRET SERVICE against those who disagree with his candidacy, and they send you a dual visit of FBI AND SECRET SERVICE IF per chance you say that he has ties with Ayers and Muslims.

The obamabots need to be squashed like worms in the elections. No arguing with them. ATTACK THEM, that's all they understand.


AND ABOUT COLLIN POWER:

what a wimp. He was used like a rag by Bush and Cheney to promote the war.

REMEMBER POWELL'S 'SLAM DUNK' EVIDENCE AND 'THE SMOKING GUN'?! REMEMBER HIM IN THE U.N. WITH THE LITTLE TUBE OF 'ANTRAX'?

LOL


IT DESTROYED HIS POLITICAL CAREER. NOW HE HAS HOPES THAT HUSSEIN WILL COME FROM THE DEAD IN THE PERSON OF BARACK HUSSEIN AND FORGIVE HIM FOR ASSASSINATING HIM. THE NEW HUSSEIN WILL GIVE HIM A POST TO 'DEFEND' OUR NATION.

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT, WHO NEEDS ENEMIES.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Colin said he is still a republican what does this say about the democratic party looks like he only supports Obama (Black) but not the rest of the party

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

coqui44- Well D'uhhh! :-/

LOL! :-D

Why did YOU think the ENTIRE World's Economy was falling apart?

Hmmmm, BLEAK Future?

The Leading Country of the Free World about to suffer a MASSIVE Brain Fart?!

Lessee- We have Congressional Clown A, or Congressional Clown B, from a Congress with a Third of the Approval of a VERY VERY Un-Popular President;

To be the NEXT President.

RINO or Socialist?

Child or Senile?

Elitist, or Obstructionist?

We have the Ability to avoid this Train Wreck.

Republicans and Conservatives all-

Get onto the E-Mail, and DEMAND McCain ABDICATE his Position and allow Mitt Romney to take over!

A Mitt Romney/ John McCain Ticket;

IS a MUCH better Ticket, and puts the Senator into the Slot the Older Dick, Cheney, has been good at! You know, the 51Rst SENATOR! ;~)

Write, and tell your friends to write-To McCain, and the GOP!

There is still PLENTY of time in this Century to fix this!

It could be done in less than a Day!

Mitt Romney IS Capable of doing for the World, what he did for the Olympics;

SAVE IT/Us! :-)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 19, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Do people realize that paying taxes in the first place is "sharing the wealth".

How many people making less the 50,000 a year think it's just fine for millionaires to have all that money and don't want one tiny bit of any extra. Give me a break, it's just like a bathroom attendant at a swanky place, "Oh sure they say she's rich, I don't want any tips from her, she needs every bit to just be rich."
People that think they don't want any tax paid services, like roads, bridges, schools, on and on.
As to racism I see here, it's shocking but expected, I didn't believe racism was gone from the US, very deeply ingrained in those that think they are better than (any) others, which is what allowed slavery to exist in the first place. Looks like the White South would like to see a return to slavery, even today, then they would have beings to take out their special brand of hate and rage.
I am sad for this ignorant and unrepentant country, whose hubris knows no bounds.
I've notices that as the date nears for election, more and more of these sick folks are making their way onto the internet, if only they would use the internet for gaining intelligence as to the truth.

Posted by: dianed2 | October 19, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Colin Powell's strong endorsement of Senator Obama brought out all the creepy people, those whose prejudices run the entire gamut from race to religion to ethnicity to gender, etc etc. Shame on all you,

I am pleased that Colin Powell endorsed Senator Obama. I am pleased that he criticized Senator McCain and the Republicans for their slimy and false attacks on Senator Obama. I am pleased that he criticized Senator McCain for selecting an unqualified candidate for Vice President. I am pleased that he criticized Senator Obama for his failure to understand the current economic crisis and the interests of ordinary folks like me.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | October 19, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This was a very thougfully articulated endorsement. I was both horrified and disappointed in Powell's role in the runup to the Iraq war, but at least he is seeing clearly now. Congratulations, Mr. Powell. You have taken the first step toward redemption.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 19, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

AllanBrowne and willandjansdad:

If Obama is LYING about not being Muslim, that wouldn't bother you?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE BEEN A REPUBLICAN FOR THE LAST 31 YEARS OF MY LIFE, I VOTED FOR REAGAN TWICE AND BUSH 41 ONCE AND NEVER VOTED SINCE..I JUST SWITCHED TO IND..OCT 4TH AND VOTED EARLY YESTERDAY THE 18TH HERE IN NEVADA..I VOTED FOR OBAMA/BIDEN..WHEN I BECAME A REPUBLICAN IT WAS A MUCH DIFFERENT PARTY THEN IT IS TODAY..TODAY IT IS SO FAR TO THE RIGHT I DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHO THEY ARE, I WATCHED FOX NEWS A FEW TIMES AND COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I WAS HEARING..THIS IS NOT THE PARTY I JOINED WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD..ITS LIKE JOINING THE NAZI PARTY OR KKK..NOW..THE REPUBLICANS DO NOT REPRESENT MY MODERATE VIEWS..IT FELT GOOD TO VOTE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SO MANY YEARS..OBAMA MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I DID WHEN I VOTED FOR REAGAN AND HOW MY FATHER MUST HAVE WHEN HE USED TO TALK ABOUT KENNEDY..PROUD TO BE AN AMERICIAN..AND PROUD TO CAST MY VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL CHANGE OUR COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER OF ALL AMERICANS AND FOR THE WORLD AGAIN TO LOOK TO THE UNITED STATES AS A FAIR,JUST COUNTRY THEY RESPECT. ITS TIME NOW FOR ME TO THINK ABOUT MY GRAND CHILDREN AND HOW IF WE DO NOT MOVE IN A NEW DIRECTION WHAT WILL BE LEFT WHEN THEY ARE MY AGE, WE NEED SOMEONE WHO HAS A CLEAR NEW DIRECTION FOR OUR COUNTRY WE LOVE, NEW CARS, WIND AND SOLAR, CLEAN COAL,TECHNOLOGY IS MOVING SO FAST TODAY I CAN NOT EVEN KEEP UP WITH WHAT MOST OF THE THINGS THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, LET ALONE USE THEM ITS TIME FOR YOUNGER AND BRIGHTER PEOPLE TO LEAD THE WAY..BRING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME FROM IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN, TALK TO COUNTRIES WE HAVE DIFFERENCES WITH,STOP THESE ONE SIDED TRADE AGREEMENTS,AND STOP SENDING MANUFACTORING JOBS OVERSEAS,WE WILL BE NO BETTER OFF THEN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, VERY WEALTHLY TO VERY POOR, NO MIDDLE CLASS, I HAVE LIVED OVERSEAS AND THAT'S WHAT ITS LIKE.

Posted by: thailandjames1 | October 19, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Now THAT is a class act!

Posted by: ethanquern | October 19, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

dtysko

"Also, kill yourself."

What did the expression mean? Was it the expression of adolescent rage by a teenager or some who has only advanced beyond that stage in years?

What attracts you to the Republican Party is you think it gives you a legitimate for your meanness. You are just an ordinary punk with a McCain-like temper.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?" he asked. "The answer is no."

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: YUTZ | October 19, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

abigsam

If Powell had a credible military mind we probably wouldn't be in Iraq or he would have found a way to win the war! That's what great military minds do. He helped get us in there but played no part in helping us win.

Obama couldn't win a pillow fight against against a french girlscout; with his vast military experience!

Posted by: donmac1 | October 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It’s funny that when Colin supported Bush the blacks called him Uncle tom and a disgrace now he’s the best thing since slice bread.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I found Powell standing against the anti-Muslim attitude prevalent in our country today is the most important thing that he said today.

Posted by: Simon2 | October 19, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

pgia:

One way, of course, would be to win all the same States W did in 2004.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow are we about to eat our young? Do we really hate each other as much as these comments indicate?

As George Will said today, the Republicans came in as Social Conservatives and are leaving as conservative socialist. So lets leave aside the labels and look at issues:
Financial: throughout this crises Obama has been steady, while McCain has been uneven at best. Score one for Obama.
Wars: Surge vs initial involvement, score one each.
Health Care: Under McCain most of us loose Employer based health care, and become vulnerable to loosing our insurance if we face a catastrophic health event. Obama extends possibility of health care to millions that want to pay in. No pre-existing conditions, or loss of care if catastrophic event occurs. Score one for Obama.
Guilt by association: Ayers vs Keating? Ayers loose association, Keating thousands contributed, with quid pro-quo results. Score one Obama, one-half McCain.
Pick of running Mate: Depends on view of abortion, vs competent to take over:?
Black vs White: minus one for America on this issue.


Posted by: sarlat | October 19, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain,
What Colin Powell did today is truly called reaching across the aisle.

This year I plan to vote selfishly for what is best interest for me and my family and choose the smartest and brightest person for the job. Colin Powell couldn't have said it any better and I totally agree with every word.

Posted by: jneill7854 | October 19, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

General Powell could have made it short and sweet. Instead, he gave an extensive explanation of his position on the candidates, their parties, and the country.
He is to be commended, again, for being a cogent, intelligent leader.

Don't like him? That's fine. But listen to him, please.

Posted by: jackson251 | October 19, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Powell is yet another victim of ambition and hubris. The irony is that he had a shot at being where Obama is today.

He believed he could lie with dogs and not get fleas. He thought his service and reputation cloaked him in teflon as he rubbed up against the slime of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfelt, Gonzales and the runt who spits on his comb to groom his hair.

I believe he knew he was repeating lies when he spoke at the UN, making the case for war. And I believe he hoped the invasion would be quick and clean thereby avoiding being part of the cause a national disaster.

He said he served at the discretion of his president which has an air of legitimacy to it and, he hoped, a bit of cover. It is a soldiers code to follow orders and there is some honor in doing so in the normal course of service. In so saying, though, he was admitting he things were not what he was saying they were.

But because of his ambition and/or cowardness, he refused to take the only course of action an honorable person would have; he could have resigned in protest.

Back then when the Bush/Cheney ideology seemed eternal he knew his ambitions would be over had he done so. With the sea-change shift in political direction Powell would today be called a hero and great leader.

Today he is roadkill.

Did you see the Obama rally in St. Louis yesterday? Folks as far as the eye could see! 100,000+. At a political rally!

The fat lady has walked onto the stage.

Posted by: apspa1 | October 19, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I for one would like to see powell re-enter our government.with a truely free hand I have great respect for him.

Obama will need more people of this quality.i hope obama request mr powells service and he agrees, to help try and lead us out of the trench thats been dug for us on a global basis.

I think he would be a wonderful pick to head-up the new alternet energy area that america must embrace.

Posted by: timwallick | October 19, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It is clear why Colin Powell left the administration. He is a very well spoken man, clearly well educated, analytical and does not let the party line get in the way of the truth. This is in contrast to the blatant stupidity of Bush and puppet-master Chenney.

It is likely the truth in the face of the Bush administration deception machine that caused him to want to leave the administration as much as the administration wanted him out for not supporting the party lie, er, line.

His vignette about the American-born Muslim who died in Iraq as an American soldier is in stark contrast to the fear mongering about Obama being a Muslim (he is a Christian); and as Powell points out, in America, there is no requirement to be a Christian to be President. In essence, if you must be a Christian to be President, then only Christians should fight the countries wars ... !

For all you cynics, this might also be part of Powell bidding on a cabinet posting such as SecDef, SecState, SecInt or SecTrans.

Even SecTreas ... that really needs a non-financial pragmatic look...

Posted by: AlanBrowne | October 19, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse


Powell says an Arab child should

be able to dream of being

President. Amen.

I would hope he would also

include a child of ATHEIST

parents.

Posted by: Ed--words | October 19, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

pattr1:

So, you were lying about Gov. Palin not taking questions from the press? As for your opinion, I watched it and still thought she's ready to be President. We'll have to agree to disagree.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Secretary Powell, happy to have you on Team Obama!

McCain-Palin voters, please enlighten me as to how your party gets to the 270 electoral college votes needed for victory.

Thanks

Posted by: pgiaquinto | October 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Bush must really hate McCain because he has made certain that Obama and his terrorist buddy Ayers will win the election by bailing out all his wall street cronies and crooks. Bush is a good used car salesman getting Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid to bailout the wall street crooks by giving Paulson $1 TRILLION of taxpayer's money. I believe Paulson should be called ringleader of the Bush Bank Robber's gang. These bank robbers have placed a $63 TRILLION debt on American taxpayers according to congressional testimony in the past 2 weeks. Only the new democracies in latin america, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua will escape the coming world depression because they were smart enough to dump FREE TRADE and IMF and World bank.

Posted by: WHewitt671 | October 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: gracedelvillar:

Collin Powell is Black of course he would endorse Obama who is black.I want to know how much Obama paid Collin Powell.

I am a lifelong Democrat.

Obama has a Muslim name Barrack Hussein Obama. Collin Powell is an Uncle Tom and a loser career who helped America get into this Iraq war mess.

Grace...I've outed you as a certified loon many times. I now am outing you as blatant racist. Also Grace...I am a real lifelong Democrat and you come to any party function in my county and I will call you out and shame you in public. You are a Democrat in the same way that Joe is a plumber...A fake one.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

tracker11...
"Its ashame"?!!!..."'set' at home..."?!!! "Obama 'won't' to..."?!!! "'won't' others to..."?!!!

I hope you were being facetious!
Otherwise, maybe President Obama's plans for a better education system might benefit you too.

Anyway, thank you Colin Powell. There goes McCain's experience argument (which he had already lost with his ridiculous VP choice).

Posted by: joy2 | October 19, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The reason endorsements come closer to the election is because some people think it's important to see how a candidate conducts a campaign. It's a good point. Who you choose for a running mate is important. What you talk about is important. How you stand up to the pressure is important. Regardless of who you're for, it is difficult not to be impressed with how Obama has conducted himself under the pressure. I also think there's a lot to what Powell said about both candidates being good, but one being better suited for this particular time. All in all thoughtful endorsement, not deserving of some of the resentful nonsense posted by detractors. I think this election will cause some changes in the Republican party - and it will be a good thing for the party.

Posted by: AKA3 | October 19, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

solrac2004 (and anyone who wants to discuss the Branchflower Report):

Please see my post to vdkelly.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Long overdue in my opinion. A dramatic rebuke to McCain, and in particular the Bush administration.

Posted by: tydicea | October 19, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me that any Conservative thinks his or her view holds any sort of currency with the vast majority of American people.

I find it even more amusing that the Intercontinental Liar from the State of New York, the man (and I use the term in its loosest sense) who after George Bush and Dick Cheney bears the responsibility of the costliest foreign policy misadventure in the long proud history of America known as the Iraq War, the man who lied to the world to brush away the final impediment to the Wag The Dog War, the man who put his loyalty to Conservatism before his duty to his country and to his duty to the Army, the institution that gave him the opportunity to rise to a position to mold public policy and after Vietnam he swore to protect from politically motivated use, thinks his "word" on any matter of interests to the human race should be viewed as anything but a filthy, scatological blasphemy.

When the last spot in Arlington Cemetery is filled the overflow from dead from the Iraq War should be parceled out between Bush, Cheney, and Powell, to be buried in their front yards just as it was fitting and just that General Lee's front yard became Arlington Cemetery.

Go away master Powell. Go away and cook up another lie to help save Conservatism, to help save an over-paying job for you and your son that will cost untold lives and uncountable treasure.

Any citizen unfortunate to cross your dark path could peel you like a banana and God Almighty would call it justice. How apropos you should snuggle up to Obumbler. "Birds of a feather, master Powell, but the "birds of a feather" in this instance would appear to be turkey vultures.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | October 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

CHECK OUT McCAIN’S SUPPORT OF VETERANS.

The facts are Veterans groups gives Obama a “B” rating and McCain a “D” rating.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell crossed party lines this morning to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president, the most prominent GOP defection yet of the 2008 campaign.

Obama has courted Republicans all along, but in Powell he gets party crossover plus military credibility. Powell is a retired U.S. Army general and served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush.

THAT’S THE FACTS…. CHECK OUT… Why Won't McCain Sign the GI Bill?.........
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK_9sI7hzAc

colen powell
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Powell gave a thoughtful honest evaluation of the current climate in this country. He spoke frankly about the ethical standard of the Republican Party today. He delineated what he thought were the distinguishing features of the candidates and why he thought that Obama was the man of this time. I most appreciated his statement on Ms Palin. With McCain's age and state of health and her lack of fitness it is a very important factor to consider when voting.

It can reasonably be concluded that ideology was not a factor in his choice but rather the personal characteristics of leadership that were important to him. I think in the area of leadership, Colin Powell's expertise exceeds most of us.


Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I admire Colin Powell for voicing centrist concerns with gravitas.

Colin Powell gives light to the concerns that many moderate republicans and centrist independents have about the McCain candidacy. We will all vote for Senator Obama. Our country cannot survive another 8 years of neocon extremist views. McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his running mate was reckless and informative.

Posted by: carmen188 | October 19, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

LeeShawnNelson
Thanks for your replay.Looks like the whites are moving in this direction but the blacks have a long way to go. It would be nice to be able to look past color But all color have to move in this direction or fear wins out.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It is extremely disturbing to see so many comments here relating to race.

Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama. First, for those of you who are enraged, just get over it. These are not two "black" men, not that it would make any difference if they were. They are two transformative leaders who happen to be of mixed race ancestry.

As it happens, I am a "white" man from rural Georgia who discovered in recent years that my racial ancestry is made up of almost 50 percent African and native American forebears. When I uncovered this information, it came as a shock. But it did not change my opinion of myself or anyone else one whit. We are all Americans, no matter who was here first or how we got here.

I am as American-- and as "pro-American"-- as anyone else. I would presume everyone posting here is as well, although it would be difficult to discern that from the lack of informed opinion.

Instead of making ridiculous and uninformed charges when given the chance to comment in a public forum, I really wish many of the people posting here could put their prejudices aside and take a deep breath. Then, if you find you have nothing worth saying, please do us all the favor of not saying it.

This is the year 2008. Race should not be an issue. Have you not gotten the memo?

Posted by: sweetwtrbay | October 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: SAINT---The | October 19, 2008 11:58 AM
See, I agree that McSenile made a HUGE Gaffe, picking a Running Mate who would never have drawn even as much support as the more qualified Alan Keyes, or even Dr. NO(Paul), during the Primaries.

There is a REASON!

SHE IS UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT!

McCain is VULNERABLE! A Stroke, Heart attack, Cancer...

Instant Un-Qualified President.

+++++++++++

Man, you have posted an extremely depressing picture of what is to come to the USA.

If McCain wins, Palin will take the other half of his term.

If Hussein wins, ALL four years will be a disaster.

EITHER WAY YOU, VOTE YOU LOSE.

Posted by: coqui44 | October 19, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Jake D

Anyone who watched that interview with Katie C. would know that she really is an embarrassment. The world stage is for mature, astute women and men. Many like Powell would have been horrified with McCain's choice.

Posted by: pattr1 | October 19, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

vdkelly:

Did you read the Report? The very next finding states "In spite of that" Gov. Palin's firing of Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constituional and statutory authority. No harm, no foul.

Back to Gen. Powell saying there would be no problem if Obama was a Muslim. I actually agree -- I would vote for a PRO-LIFE Muslim -- if Obama were LYING about that, however, that would be a concern, don't you think.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy to see this. Less for Obama than for Powell himself. Despite what I believe was a betrayal on his part when he lended credibility to the Bush Administration's false claims to support the war in Iraq, I continue to believe that he does have personal integrity. He, unfortunately, sacrificed much of it in a belief in his professional duty to his President. You can see that he suffers personally from that decision. I hope to see and hear more from Powell in the coming years, honest appraisals, even if they are unpopular views within his Party. There is still much that he can do to redeem himself and his legacy.

Posted by: CarolBG | October 19, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

vdkelly and atidwell:

My wife and I both voted for McCain-Palin because she's actually the best candidate running. She was CLEARED of any legal or ethical wrongdoing related to Monegan. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse


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Uh not ethically...

The report by investigator Steve Branchflower was made public late this afternoon by a bipartisan 12-0 vote of the Legislative Council, which authorized the investigation.

Branchflower's report contains four findings. The first concludes that Palin violated the state's executive branch ethics act, which says that "each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."


You can call it tit for tat but your girl Palin is a dummy just like Bush. If you can seriously say that your better now than you were 4 weeks ago then by all means vote for a 3rd Bush term but I can gaurentee you that if McCain gets into office the financial bailout is going to be the least of our problems. Think of the USA to something along the lines of MadMax and the Thunderdome. The worlds gonna get a lot nastier if you have the hot head and the pitbull trying to lead..Just a thought.

Posted by: solrac2002 | October 19, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Simple payback for going to the U.N. and selling the Iraq war. Powell should have done the noble thing then, but didn't. He sold his soul for power and is now trying to make amends.

Posted by: OldCop007 | October 19, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

pgr88 wrote:

"Hey Libs - you do realize that one of the key architects of the Iraq War just endorsed your candidate? Don't you?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse"

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Hey cons - You do realize that one of your most credible military minds just endorsed our candidate, don't you?

Posted by: abigsam | October 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

All the Moron Cons think they benefited from the Axis of Evil's tax cuts. How about these Tax Hikes by Mission Accomplished Axis of Evil and the Moron Con Frauds?
Trillions lost in Home Equity Values
Over $10 Trillion lost in Equity and Fixed Income Securitites
Over $2 Trillion lost in Retirement Accounts
Trillions in Tax Hikes to pay for Illegal Invasions fighting Pointless, Stupid Worthless Wars, No Splurge would be needed, While America Crumbles
Trillions in Tax Hikes so the Moron Con Communist Econ Terrorists can bailout their Rich Wall Street Reckless Gambling Business Incompetent Criminal Buddies
Over $30 Trillion lost in Global Equities in the past year
Only Moron Cons think saving a few hundred in marginal miniscule taxes is something that should be touted
The Worst Terrorists in America resides in the Guns Owned Party of War Criminals, Hypocrites, Liars, Mass Murderers, Serial Killers, Phonies and Frauds
These Moron Con Econ Terrorists will destroy America

Moron Con Econ Terrorists have destroyed Trillions in Home Equity and Home Values
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Moron Con Econ WMD Terrorists, we have destroyed Trillions in Retirement Accounts
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Moron Cons only believe in Manmade Fairy Tales, Morons Cons are Complete Frauds and Phonies
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Old Adulterer Songbird Treasonous Traitor War Criminal Corrupt McLobbyist, the Born Again Pro Life Killer Retard and their Hundreds of Corporate Lobbyists will destroy America!
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Moron Cons want Trillions more in Tax Hikes to fight Stupid Worthless Illegal Wars & Nation Building while America Crumbles
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Moron Cons want Trillions more in Tax Hikes to Bailout their Rich Wall Street Gambling Criminal Buddies
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Moron Cons want Lobbyists running the country
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Morons who enable War Criminals are equally guilty of Murder, Rape & War Crimes


Why does the OLD Adulterer Songbird Treasonous Traitor War Criminal Corrupt McLobbyist refuse to release his Complete Military Records? What is the Moron Con War Criminal hiding?

Posted by: mawt | October 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Colin Powell is a great man that has stated what most of America sees. I have never seen so many life long Republicans jump ship in the course of an Election. Bottom line is McCain has very poor judgement , erratic behavior , and will leave this Campiagn without Honor. Palin is not qualified NOT EVEN CLOSE. She needs to take her hate speech back to Alaska. John McCain needs to retire.

It will take decades for the Republican party to recover , if they ever do.

Posted by: cakemanjb | October 19, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Colin Powell! He nailed the tone of the two campaigns and put forth a very effective argument as to why America needs Barack Obama as our new President! I love you, Colin Powell!


C'mon, America. Let's get the vote out strong for Obama & Biden!

Posted by: gamble2000 | October 19, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, McCain said he respects and admires Powell, and the announcement "doesn't come as a surprise."
"I'm also very pleased to have the endorsement of four former secretaries of state ....and I'm proud to have the endorsement of well over 200 retired Army generals and admirals," McCain said.

...And as Sarah will surely say this week..."That gosh-darn anti-American Colin Powell is so unpatriotic. Youbetcha!"

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 19, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

This is not newsworthy...it is so ridiculous how he went out on a limb to endorse Obama two weeks before the election when Obama is up by 6 points in the polls.

Where was the endoresement 3 months ago? Why didn't he endorse Obama during the Democrat primary season? Powell should have waited to endorse Obama until November 5th!!

Powell is a phony political who hides behind his uniform, and waits for the 11th hour to jump on the bandwagon. This is not newsworthy.

Posted by: jim000122 | October 19, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Man!

Talk about People choosing to hear what they think they hear, and reading between lines for their fantasies!

Folks, He did not so much praise O'Bomba-Nation, as he Condemned McCain for being an IDIOT!

See, I agree that McSenile made a HUGE Gaffe, picking a Running Mate who would never have drawn even as much support as the more qualified Alan Keyes, or even Dr. NO(Paul), during the Primaries.

There is a REASON!

SHE IS UNFIT TO BE PRESIDENT!

McCain is VULNERABLE! A Stroke, Heart attack, Cancer...

Instant Un-Qualified President.

Very, VERY Bad Leadership on the RINO's part in choosing her!

Not to mention, it was as Colin Powell said-Over the last few Weeks!

It's the Economy Stupids!

John McCain should at this point STEP DOWN IN DISGRACE!

Treacherously betraying the GOP on his "Amnesty" Stance, Lack of any Economic Skills, and this very BAD Judgment, have cost him the Election.

BUT, it is NOT his Republican Party. It is OURS!

I do NOT want to lose to Barry O'Bomba-Nation, and the WORLD LABOR PARTY of George Soros!

I DEMAND a President who WILL enforce our FEDERAL Labor Laws!

I want a President who does know Business and Economics, and McCain could always still be in a Cabinet Post!

McCain you FOOL;

YOU have LOST!

GET OUT OF MITT ROMNEY'S WAY!

Mitt Romney/ Mike Huckabee or Alan Keyes would probably not only get Colin Powell away from Barry, BUT, MILLIONS and MILLIONS of other intelligent People as well!

The Executive Branch is for after all;

EXECUTIVES!-NOT Congressional Clowns from a Congress with an ABYSMAL 15% Approval Rating! :-(

GET GONE RINO!

Post Haste you LOSER!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 19, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

time to vote NADER

The Obama campaign has just joined the Iraq War!

Posted by: pgr88 | October 19, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Cheap demonization seems to be about all the wacky American Conservative movement has going for itself anymore.

As an example, presented below is another lovely screed from a loyal Republican over the Powell endorsement:

" COLON Powell is a con artist, piece of sh*t, cowardly Negro (is it okay to say Negro?).

I cannot tell you enough about what a sleazy slimeball this man is.

More, much more later.

I must go do part of my fourteen hours of work on this Sunday like every Sunday this year to make a living and subsequently pay my taxes .............. the taxes that the BUTT-SUCKING NEGRO (is it okay to say Negro?), COLON Powell wants me and you to pay even more of because of the Magic, NOT SO NEGRO (is it okay to say Negro?), COMMUNIST MESSIAH MUSLIM OBAMA!

Damn, call Joe The Plumber.

COLON POWELL is a COWARDLY OPPORTUNIST PUNK.

Hey Barack ..... COLON wants a job .......... put the weasel in charge of your "Nazi" Youth Squads!"

And here is the URL:

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=242494&SC=41&EC=80#C53

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 19, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Tom22, you are a goose and the very reason Powell endorsed Obama.

1. Barrack Obama did not name himself at birth so why is his name an issue?
2. He is not a muslim, never has been a muslim, has never attended a muslim school and even if he had - so what? Joe Leiberman and many others are jewish. Again - so what?
3. Obama is not sexist - for god's sake he was raised by his white single mother and struggling white grand mother. How on earth can you claim he is sexist?

Grace, you are a moron of the lowest order as there has never been a trace of evidence that Bill Ayers himself ever bombed a damn thing and he certainly has never been charged with anything at all so why don't you check your facts dodo bird.

It is clear that many of the ugly ranters here are the reason that Powell says that the repugnicons have moved too far to the right.

Even Norm Coleman and Ms Collins are disturbed and have told McCain to belt up.

in Australia we went through this ugliness for a decade and it ended in putrid race riots in Sydney, abuse of muslims, vilification of innocent people and ended in phoney pamphlets claiming the now government supported a group of mass murderers in Bali.

Take note Tom and Grace because if other people in other countries are reading your ugly nonsense then trust me, America is the place that suffers.-

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | October 19, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Interestingly, the now intelligent thoughtful and refelctful Powell gives as a reason the selection of Sarah Palin as his move to support Obama. Curius? Not when you know that he was a registered independent, which in NY means Democrat. His support for Obama, punctuated by, "this is not about race" in fact says it is precisely about that. What American would chose a Marxist socialist ideologue to be President? The fact that none of Obama's alliances seems to bother Powell signals another shortcoming in Powell's support of a naive,communist leaning anti white bigot who suggested we need a civilian military force just as well equipped and trained as the regular military! Perhaps Obama made Colin an offer to head this new Gestapo? Nov 5th will be a sad day for the dmeocrats who are planning a huge bash and thinking they're going to overthrow the Constitution!

Posted by: vgailitis | October 19, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, zuckermand YOU are the idiot.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hey Libs - you do realize that one of the key architects of the Iraq War just endorsed your candidate? Don't you?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

vdkelly and atidwell:

My wife and I both voted for McCain-Palin because she's actually the best candidate running. She was CLEARED of any legal or ethical wrongdoing related to Monegan. Next canard?
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Obviously you CANNOT read for yourself and only get information from FOX News. Gov. Palin was NOT cleared. The report says she VIOLATED a STATE ETHICS LAW. Learn to read for yourself.

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Powell's statement in London last week and British papers about finding his own African American heritage after a long reckoning is not compatible with him still sucking up to the conservative republicans. He knows what McCain's real military record is and yet like other conservative republicans, he is still wrapping himself up in the flag and farting more patriotism. He could play a roll in the Obama administration but as long as he sucks up his conservative republican indifference he may not be welcome.

Nevertheless he did something very admirable by repudiating the GOP right wing, their lies and the usual BS. He has finally nailed the GOP Coffin shut about their hype about Obama's false Muslim labeling and all this terrorist bit BS association. He did that rightly so to put the Karl Rove and rest of these neocons in their place.

All that leaves Condi Rice the Bush sister wife to be the real mata hari.

Posted by: winemaster2 | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I remember when Powell was lying in front of the UN I was thinking he was lying. And I'm just an average person with no special access to intelligence. I had found Scott Ritter credible though. And the other diplomats there, just because they come from countries that are small and weak relative to us, doesn't make them stupid. They know he was lying too.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 19, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Notice that the Republicans yelling "socialism" don't complain as us middle class taxpayers are asked to fork out $700 billion (soon to be trillions!) to assure their continued "success". This isn't only socialism for the rich, it's extortion! Hey I admire entrepreneurship, logical risk-taking, and innovation as much as the next guy. But most of what has gone on in recent years, especially in the financial sector, which has become too large a part of our economy, is not innovation, but swindling, cheating, corner-cutting, and outright criminality.

And step back and think for a minute. Socialism? This charge by the Republicans is a true antique! It is covered in cobwebs. Barack Obama is far to the right of your average European and their government.

If you do think for a minute about this absurd Republican charge - the latest in a long string in their "control the message" series where they mindlessly all repeat the same exact words - and you find yourself starting to laugh -, you're not alone.

Posted by: orrg1 | October 19, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is "ready" to be President of the United States. Arguably, the only two living people "ready" to be President are George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. We don't want that either, do we?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse


BREAKING!!!
Ku Klux Klan IMPERIAL WIZARD Endorses McCain/Palin!!!

Where is the Washington Post's coinciding story on this???

Be fair now!




Posted by: chasemonster | October 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Its ashame that people set at home on the couch waiting for a check will working men and women are working hard to make a living now Obama won't to take more money to send to these lowlifes.Women having children and can't take care of them and won't others to take care of them.If you cant afford them don't have them!

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Of course he endorsed Obama. It has nothing to do with Obama being black oh no of course not, It's just that the One has all the answers and experience, even though he has none of either.

Posted by: bandmom22 | October 19, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell, a man who could have been great, but didn't have the strength. Instead he hid his doubts about Iraq and remained silent when his voice would have made a difference.

Now, showing another profile in lack of courage, he waits until Obama is on the verge of victory before adding his endorsement. Colin Powell is a sad illustration of the difference between courage and caution.

Posted by: jrw2 | October 19, 2008 11:45 AM |
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who the f_ck are you to question the courage of Colin Powell? What's next...will you question his patriotism? Will you call him a terrorist and communist sympathizer?

So all the conservatives with a soul that is not sold to satan speaks out in support of Obama and you throw them under the bus.

The GOP is the past just like segregation, racism, and sexism should be left in the past.

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I wish everyone could just really pay attention to the idiotic statements that are made in this post about Obama and Colin Powell. Colin Powell has been one of the most respected figures in Politics and in the Military for years, and yet now that he's endorsing someone who isn't a white guy, it is only because he's black? So African Americans can only be fair if we support Whites? Why are so many Mcain Palin supporters so ignorant? It isn't all of them, but it seems that this election more people are just looking for reasons (whether they have validity or not) to vote against Obama rather than FOR Mccain. Mccain-Palin rallies look like Klan rallies half the time. This election has really showed me how ridiculous so many of our people can be. It's sad how childish we get just because someone has different ideas than you, or may be a different race. None of the crap half of you are complaining about and chastising Obama about have an islight bit of merit or a chance of happening.

Posted by: djroyal2001 | October 19, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Tom22, you are a goose and the very reason Powell endorsed Obama.

1. Barrack Obama did not name himself at birth so why is his name an issue?
2. He is not a muslim, never has been a muslim, has never attended a muslim school and even if he had - so what? Joe Leiberman and many others are jewish. Again - so what?
3. Obama is not sexist - for god's sake he was raised by his white single mother and struggling white grand mother. How on earth can you claim he is sexist?

Grace, you are a moron of the lowest order as there has never been a trace of evidence that Bill Ayers himself ever bombed a damn thing and he certainly has never been charged with anything at all so why don't you check your facts dodo bird.

It is clear that many of the ugly ranters here are the reason that Powell says that the repugnicons have moved too far to the right.

Even Norm Coleman and Ms Collins are disturbed and have told McCain to belt up.

in Australia we went through this ugliness for a decade and it ended in putrid race riots in Sydney, abuse of muslims, vilification of innocent people and ended in phoney pamphlets claiming the now government supported a group of mass murderers in Bali.

Take note Tom and Grace because if other people in other countries are reading your ugly nonsense then trust me, America is the place that suffers.-

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | October 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I hope all of those who claim Powell is a Liar have watched the Frontline Special called "Bush's War." In that it is clear that Powell was fighting to keep us out of Iraq inside the administration. His arguments were met with false promises. His position was increasingly undercut by Rumsfeld’s actions and by Rice’s inaction. George Tenet simply played patsy to Rumsfeld and by everyone going along to get along the information provided to Powell was as we all know now false. Powell is a good man who never was given the access nor the power his position requires.

My hope is that Obama is elected and following that election an investigation is done. Seeking out which staff members of the various Bush Cabinet officials knowingly manipulated data. These people who knowingly manipulated weak if not false data to send this country to war should be tried, convicted, and then given an M-16 a Flak jacket and a one way ticket to Iraq. These are the people who have placed this country into harms way for no other reason but to curry favor with their bosses and try to climb the ladder of power.

Although the documentary is four hours long it is worth watching. In fact there are interviews with individuals who you can see are lying as they try to avoid the questions being posed to them and then refusing to answer the follow up.

Powell speaks volumes in endorsing Obama. And it is understandable that he would be uncomfortable in it. He will be attacked by republican pundits and republican voters. In 2000 I had hoped for a McCain vs Gore believing that either could lead this country. But since then McCain has shown himself to be dare I say too mavericky. Riding against the grain is as American as Apple Pie, Baseball, and exploitation of a lower socio-economic class. But to do it without purpose and without reason is simply useless. His choice in running mate, his lack of repudiation of various hate-mongering parts of his Party, and finally his lack of respect and understanding for those outside of his upper echelon have show he is out of touch with what needs to be done. 8 maybe 16 years ago he could have been a decent choice but now no thanks.

Posted by: Hank4 | October 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell could not have been more articulate on how he came to his decision to endorse Obama. Leave it to the republicans to jump on it immediately and make it a racial issue. The amount of bigotry I have seen in the scant half hour since the endorsement is disgusting. Get used to it everybody because this is going to be the company line for the last two weeks.

Posted by: independant11 | October 19, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

vdkelly and atidwell:

My wife and I both voted for McCain-Palin because she's actually the best candidate running. She was CLEARED of any legal or ethical wrongdoing related to Monegan. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, General Powell!! You are indeed a true hero, who unlike Senator McCain, puts America first. As a Republican and long time friend of McCain's, I know how difficult this must have been for you, which once again only shows the depth of your integrity.


Let all the right wing screaming meemies continue to foment bile, because no one is listening to their trash talk anymore. We're all weary of fear, smears, and division. We have a lot of serious problems facing this country, and we want a government that works, not one that pits one group of people against another.

gracedelvillar......you should be embarrassed, but judging by your insane comments, I suspect you're far too stupid to be embarrassed.

Posted by: ggwalt123 | October 19, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It makes NO sense why this voter Fraud crap is being blamed on ACORN!!?? Our sources report that hired McCain Campaign agents are registering as sub-workers or subcontractors with ACORN, - and then these McBush Jackals are doing multiple person registrations to make more $Money, and cause trouble!! That is Not ACORN's fault. When these crooks are found out, they are dismissed. Also, ACORN, even when finding these Fraudulent registrations, by Law, must still send in ALL Voter Registrations!! ACORN Follows the RULES!! So why isn't McCain's Cronies and 'Loser' Satffers being stopped from promoting this Crap?! McCain is Not running an Honest or Patriotic Campaign, and He knows it!! "Go wreck another Jet Fighter John", and leave Our Democatic Republic alone. Bush pulled enough ECONOMIC TERRORISM TACTICS, - so please stop adding to them.

Posted by: jward52 | October 19, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

zuckerman said:
"So, Powell endorses a 4% increase in the marginal tax rate of those whose taxable income exceeds $250,000? Doesn't he know that is the definition of socialism and makes him anti-American? Powell's just another rube duped by the awesome eloquence of The One, I guess.

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That is not even remotely close to the definition of Socialism...not by a long shot.

People, if you don't know the meaning of a word, don't use it. Zuckerman, you obviously have the Internet, why not just go look up words you don't know the meaning of, THEN, attempt to use them in a sentence.

Posted by: YouGotRooted | October 19, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"He's thinking that all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values," Powell said, in an apparent reference to remarks Palin made earlier this week that she enjoyed visiting the "pro-America" areas of the country."


of course palin enjoys only certain areas of the country. she is unwelcome along the seaboards comprising half the nation.


stick to the bible belt, rust belt, she's ok.

colin powell? too much of a coattail rider, and an opportunist.


vietnam taught him nothing as evidenced in his participation in bush's genocidal iraq invasion.

if it brings some hawks to obama, so be it.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 19, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell, a man who could have been great, but didn't have the strength. Instead he hid his doubts about Iraq and remained silent when his voice would have made a difference.

Now, showing another profile in lack of courage, he waits until Obama is on the verge of victory before adding his endorsement. Colin Powell is a sad illustration of the difference between courage and caution.

Posted by: jrw2 | October 19, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line, is that there are a lot of people earning more than 250K that pay at a lower adjusted tax rate, than the average Joe, due to tax laws. The average Joe doesn't use tax lawyers, and use write offs that are beneficial to persons that can afford those investments.

Posted by: insideman | October 19, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

zukermand - what is wrong with being socialist? You don't support charity to other unprivileged AMERICANS? Isn't that the Christian way? Or you don't think 200,000 after taxes is enough to live on when there are Americans who make 6.50 an hour and struggle to put food on the table. The richest nation in the whole allowing it's own citizens to starve and live like they're in the third world is un-American.

Posted by: guinnessdraft | October 19, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

To tracker11

The reality is there are racist and prejudice people within every ethnic group, but in each, the majority is not racist. So, it doesn't matter who is more racist. It's more important to be aware of it and recognize it for what it is. But know this, those mindsets are fading as new thinkers and believers come into fruition. This country is changing. I worked in NYC and now here in DC and in both locations had and have employees, lots of them, from all around the world. True, I don't always like it when they can't comprehend English as a native-born American, but I accept it as a prejudice of mine, but not racist, and I therefore try to educate them, the new Americans, about the expecations and ways of this great country.

Posted by: LeeShawnNelson | October 19, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

pattr1:

She has more EXECUTIVE experience than both Obama and Biden.
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And McCain of course...right? She's also far less intelligent than any of them. This party is over. Face up to it.

Posted by: Flabergasted | October 19, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

jwpc:

So, that means if Powell had endorsed McCain, you would be voting for McCain?!

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

COLIN POWELL MAY HELP STAVE OFF AN INCIPIENT COUP:

WHAT IF McCAIN-PALIN'S STRATEGY IS AIMED NOT AT VOTERS, BUT AT THE APPARACHIK?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

His support shows no black person can support anyone other than Obama. So we are screwed another 4 years as this election is not going to be about issues, Just black vs white election.

Posted by: optimist_10 | October 19, 2008 11:32 AM
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You ignorant j@ckass! Powell is a highly respected american. He has rejected the bigotry, xenophobia, and outright racist fear-mongering of the GOP. He also stated what EVERYBODY KNOWS - Palin is UNQUALIFIED TO BE PTA PRESIDENT LET ALONE VP.

Posted by: vdkelly | October 19, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The residents of Pleasantville are displeased. Their credit card reality has crumbled. The GOP Land of Oz has been exposed and still the truly craven cannot see the world around them.

The world is changing. No more reverse Robin Hood and his GOP band of thieves taking OUR MONEY and re-distributing it to the rich.

The GOP have become the Redcoats, people, and the rest of us are the REAL America.

Not a bad metaphor round-up, either, if I don't say so myself.

Posted by: bird52 | October 19, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

There is a creeping socialism in this country. In it taxes will be used to build bridges, renewable energy and buy body armor for soldiers. These are all horrible. I also think that have a social fabric (a ccivilization if you will) is not what our foundding fathers had in mind. They wanted a dog eat dog world, where CEOs earn a salary 475:1 compared to their employees. These people, the real economic engines, have been streamlining ways to reduce costs (in order to increase their salaries), including having jobs shipped to near slave labor conditions. Why should they pay higher taxes that will provide vehicles that are safe for our troops. They only voted for the current administration and their policies. These socialist even think that there should be well funded firefighters, and that our schools need to be funded. Can you believe that. I think we should higher people from Kaplan and Princeton review at rate 5-10 times as high as an average teacher to teach our kids how to take a test. Who needs critical thinking? Only crazy liberals would want people to question things. Showing reason and analytical skills are unpatriotic. As for me I march lock-step with Hannity and Limbaugh. Real Americans.

Can you believe this creeping soccialism? Even W. has succumb to their hynposis and has nationalized the banks.

Beware. Join the NRA. Get lots of bottled water. I've seen the black helicoptors....

(Obviously this was a spoof)

Posted by: slatterye | October 19, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Some of us have worked extremely hard to get where we are today. We did not commit the better portion of our lives to working hard, while others play, or do nothing, and then we have to share our hard work with others who have made no contribution to society.

Posted by: kmelchiorre | October 19, 2008 11:28 AM |

Income isn't a measure of hard work or contributions to society. Just because someone earns less than you, doesn't mean that they've been playing or doing nothing. Your statement is simplistic and self-righteous. Some careers just pay less.

Posted by: ACM2 | October 19, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Palin has more executive experience than Obama and Biden?

1) was in charge of a building project that erected a large sports complex that her city did not own
2) was found to behave in an unethical way in the discharge of her duty as governor of Alaska.

A real pro

Posted by: atidwell | October 19, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Is this the same General Powell who in 1992 stopped our troops from decimating Saddam’s army against the wishes of his field generals when we had 500,000 troops in Iraq and could have done the job correctly and made Iraq a success and avoided the mess we have now? The same Colin Powell who failed to criticize Yasser Arafat when he repeatedly sent suicide bombers into Israel?

Perhaps 911 has faded into the horizon of the left wing in our country but Islamic terrorists are not giving up on their desire to destroy us.

McCain wants to defeat them, Obama wants to negotiate with them. If your head is in the clouds and you truly believe we can negotiate with people who fly airplanes into buildings, send suicide bombers into busses, restaurants, and supermarkets to murder innocent men, women, and children in Israel and fifteen other countries since our 911, then vote for Obama. If you believe that terrorism, in all its forms, must be defeated then vote for McCain.

In a time of war, terror, and evil I choose the most experienced candidate, not the one I think is a “cool dude” but has zero experience.

Posted by: mjkoch* | October 19, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

To the working wealthy:
The working poor have also worked very hard and they've had little to show for it. So, yeah, they could use some of your wealth, and, yeah, they're people, like you and me. Sorry.

Posted by: rickyrab | October 19, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This is the most heart-felt, thoughtful, sincere, apolitical endorsement of Obama I have seen thus far.

Posted by: vprasad1 | October 19, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Mr Powell you lost our respect when you chose to manipulate intelligence that indicated there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That has led to the deaths of THOUSANDS of men and women- both military and civilian. That indicates that you were manipulated by the Bush Administration and you letthem do it to you. Now you endorse Obama- Who cares ?? You, Oprah and others are on the magic carpet ride - good for you !! Whats next -in a few months we will hear from you that you knew Obama had many sinister connections but you chose not to tell us to protect us ?? Or some other cock and bull story. Slither away Colin - we lost all respect for you when you couldnt stand up and be a man and tel lthe public what was really going on.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | October 19, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Collin Powell is Black of course he would endorse Obama who is black.

I want to know how much Obama paid Collin Powell.

I am forty, fit, female and voted for McCain/Palin 2008 and mailed my ballot in and feel great about it. I am a lifelong Democrat.

Obama has a Muslim name Barrack Hussein Obama. I do not trust Obama.

Obama is a sexist. I did not like his negative campaign against Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.

Women rock the vote this election and we do not like Obama.

Obama has terrorist friends like William Ayers who "would bomb the Pentagon again".
Obama's has other suspect friends like Tony Rezko, Nadhmi Auchi and Alsammarae.

Iraq and the other oil pumping Muslim nations are trying to put their president in the White House.

NO WAY. NOBAMA.

Collin Powell is an Uncle Tom and a loser career who helped America get into this Iraq war mess.

Posted by: gracedelvillar | October 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse


//

Grace, you get more stupidity per line in a brief post than anyone else here.

Posted by: Attucks | October 19, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

pattr1:

She has more EXECUTIVE experience than both Obama and Biden.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The flipside is Obama is half white, and we have a black man endorsing a 'white' man. Some of these post are so ludicrous, but its freedom of speech.

Posted by: insideman | October 19, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

CHECK OUT McCAIN’S SUPPORT OF VETERANS.

The facts are Veterans groups gives Obama a “B” rating and McCain a “D” rating.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell crossed party lines this morning to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president, the most prominent GOP defection yet of the 2008 campaign.
Obama has courted Republicans all along, but in Powell he gets party crossover plus military credibility. Powell is a retired U.S. Army general and served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush.

THAT’S THE FACTS…. CHECK OUT… Why Won't McCain Sign the GI Bill?.........
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK_9sI7hzAc

colen powell
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032608

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 19, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

It's interesting. While Colin Powell was an active General and later a member of the Bush Administration, the GOP faithful had nothing but praise for him.

But now that he has vocalized an opinion that they do not share, he has suddenly become just another n*gger not to be trusted.

The GOP has always been, and will always be, the party of exclusion.

Posted by: labman57 | October 19, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Presidents who did not really have the capacity to be President:

James Buchanan
John Quincy Adams
Rutherford B. Hayes(?)
William McKinley (?)
Calvin Coolidge (?)

Gerald Ford
Both George Bushes

Posted by: rickyrab | October 19, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The person who would be the first choice as Presidential candidate and then as President has just switched parties and is a general attacking a military man!

That is big news and coupled with the extreme skill of the Obama campaign at selective voter registration, controlling the media, and finance, will get us a neophyte with a great abiity to deliver a message. Unfortunately, the message is one that will punish those who create and earn and I fear will sink our great country.

Although the Obama campaign has effectively used age and gender discrimination to bend votes, I honestly believe Colin Powell when he says his was a private decision, although he absolutely knew that the timing would deal a huge blow. I would still vote for in a second, but don't respect his judgement here.

Posted by: tommariner | October 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"General Colin Powell is a true American Hero.
Thank you General Powell for again coming through for America, putting partisanship aside and supporting the Best Choice for America!
Obama 2008

God Bless America!

Posted by: Dee321 |"

You are a well trained OBAMA ZOMBIE. Hmmmm....Do you Ever Think about the ISSUES? Never mind of course you don't. Zombies by nature don't think.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

AlaskaMelts
When you start looking out for yourself instead of the counrty the country loses

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

His support shows no black person can support anyone other than Obama. So we are screwed another 4 years as this election is not going to be about issues, Just black vs white election.

Posted by: optimist_10 | October 19, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Joe the plumber (WHO MERELY REPRESENTS ECONOMIC HOPE) and every other small business should be sent a list of non-taxpayers so that they can just send them a check directly."


HahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHA

He could just send a check to himself since he DID NOT pay HIS taxes.

Boy, you can't make up stuff like this.

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

"LeeShawnNelson
Who is the most racist people blacks or whites?

Posted by: tracker11 |"

Racist? I'd say that's a toss up.

Who are Dumber, Lazier, and commiting crimes far more than their Population Proportion? Blacks

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

General Colin Powell is a true American Hero.
Thank you General Powell for again coming through for America, putting partisanship aside and supporting the Best Choice for America!
Obama 2008

God Bless America!

Posted by: Dee321 | October 19, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Good for you Colin Powell, you finally have put your country first with your endorsement.

McCain/Palin

As for the McCain/Palin supporters, if you honestly think our country will have any chance of surviving if McCain/Palin win this election, then you just don't have a clue. There is no way any country in this world will work with America if McCain/Palin are chosen. Do you really think that countries will understand choosing a 72 year old man with a running mate who went to 5 colleges and was a beauty pageant contestant?

Our country will look foolish and believe you me, every ally we have will run like mad. Oh and for the economy, don't think for a second that any country will use the dollar anymore. Most LOGICAL thinking people choose the person who is the smartest and most qualified for the job.


We will no longer be the super power of the world and it will be all because of you!

Thanks McCain/Palin supporters, YOU HAVE DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY!!!!

Posted by: keyser2 | October 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

insideman:

You missed ALL those interviews Gov. Palin gave?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Presidents with the capacity to be president (well, some of those Presidents):
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson (?)
Herbert Hoover (much as I hate to admit it)
Dweight Eisenhower
JFK
Richard Nixon
(perhaps) Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Bill Clinton

Posted by: rickyrab | October 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"What a rational, articulate endorsement (AND HE'S A BLACK GUY - CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!)

Posted by: exco |"

I agree 100%

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Gracedevillar: you are lying when you call yourself a "lifelong democrat". Every point you make is based on ignorance, fear, and hate toward those who are unlike you. You even call Colin Powell, who has served this country his entire life, an "Uncle Tom". Shame on you.

Well I also am female (and white) and over forty. I am putting three kids through college on a very middle class income. Bush and company have done nothing for me and my children -- ever. Nor will John McCain. I stand to benefit far less under his tax "reform" proposals than under Obama's.

I am voting for Obama/Biden.

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 19, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

LeeShawnNelson
Who is the most racist people blacks or whites?

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

In 2003, Colin Powell had the option, resign or help President Bush convince the American public that the Iraq war was necessary. He chose the later and perhaps played his part in the deaths of thousands of lives(including that of the American soldiers).

With the endorsement of Barack Obama he has atoned for some it.

When John McCain chose Sarah Palin it showed how desperate he is to become President and was certainly not thinking 'Country First'. He is disqualified on that basis alone.

Posted by: pattr1 | October 19, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

European Socialist??? The person who commented on this as suggesting this is about taxes is out of touch. This is about socialized medicine, taking from the rich and giving to the poor, spreading the wealth..... Some of us have worked extremely hard to get where we are today. We did not commit the better portion of our lives to working hard, while others play, or do nothing, and then we have to share our hard work with others who have made no contribution to society.

Colin Powell's endorsement and reasoning is sad. He too has his head in the sand. To suggest that McCain is the only one going negative is ridiculous. Is Colin's TV broke?? Or maybe we just see all the Obama negative adds on McCain here in Virginia. Further, the character and judgement of Obama is flawed. His past and who he has chosen to associte with is an indication of his morale character and his ability to make appropriate decisions. I cannot believe that Colin Powel ignored that fact, in particular, given Colin's military background. I listened to Colin's speech and the speech lacks justification for his decision process. Hopefully, the American voter will see through the Obama's smoke screen, lack of economic and political maturity to run a country, and elect John McCain.

Posted by: kmelchiorre | October 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

dear gracedelvillar,
If you think powell is an uncle tom who helped get us into this "mess" and you still voted Republican, you should take a cold shower and sober up!

Posted by: lenteach | October 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I lose a litle more confidence in this country's ability to unite and deal with our problems every time I read the some of the comments people post here...Having said that...The charge that Powell made this endoresment based on race is ridiculous. As he aptly pointed out on "Meet the Press", he would have been in Obama's camp from the start if race was the determining factor. For that matter he wouldn't have been a life-long Republican if all his political decisions were based on skin color. As for his involvement in selling the war to the U.N., that was obviously not his finest moment. He has freely admitted that. He has also made it clear he was lead to believe the intelligence he cited at the U.N. was more solid than it turned out to be. The easy choice for him would have been to stay with McCain, fellow moderate Republican, war veteran and defense hawk. Obviously Powell feels Obama is the right man at the right time. Disagree with him if you want, but respect his intellect, his accomplishments and his service. And hope the next time someone of his stature expresses the type of misgivings Powell had for the Iraq invasion, he is listened to rather than having his own sense of duty used against him to publicly endorse a policy his superiors knew he privately disagreed with.

Posted by: 5IN5 | October 19, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Never before in my lifetime was I persuaded to vote for a candidate for public office.
I've always made my decision independent of anyone's endorsement.
However, this year I'm making an exception.
General Powell is an American hero who commands my respect, and that of my family.
His judgement is, from my perspective,an asset of inestimable value to America.
Accordingly, on his recommendation, I plan to vote for Mr. Obama.
This is not to imply that Mr. McCain is any less a hero. His record of service in the Military, as well as his courageous endurance in an enemy prison, serve to frame his historic value to Americans everywhere.
But General Powell's endorsement of Senator Obama has caused me to vote for the Senator from Illinois.

Posted by: jwpc17851 | October 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"forgetting that when Powell made his speech to the UN he was speaking based on faulty information that at the time, also convinced many US Congressmen and many readers of this paper that there was a real reason to go to war ...

Posted by: sadietherese |"

Awwww....making excuses for all the MISTAKES of the Black Guy. That's MIGHTY WHITE of you. I agree with you sadietherese - you can't set the bar too high for these guys and when they make a mistake blame it on someone else or something else. Ha Ha Ha. You are practicing the SOFT BIGOTRY of low expectations we all have that Blacks somehow just can't do it on their own and need the helping hand of whites.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"The Republicans would have been thrilled to have Powells endorsement but since the endorsement went to Obama, they will have to find fault with it."


Maybe that dope Michelle Bachmann will impugn Powell's integrity and his patriotism. She'll read any lines the RNC gives her.

And anyone who doesn't think this isn't a major endorsement, is either misinformed or lying.

Posted by: mathas | October 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McCain's 1993 Somalia amendment was to cut and run against Powell's wishes. Iraq war against Shinseki wishes. Iran a grave threat against Fallon's views. The surge against the joint chief recommendations. The reason I like Obama is his positions are more with the commanders except a timeline for drawdown. Take off the rose colored neocon glasses and look at the candidates on their positions and recent views. Al Qaeda in Iran, the Iraq/Pakistan border and the Breyer vote tells me McCain is slipping. The military trusts McCain, but has to think of Palin as a possible replacement so I think they will now vote Obama with Powell's endorsement.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What a rational, articulate endorsement.

Powell said one of the things that most needed to be said by a public official in this election. In commenting about the endless repetition of the story that Obama is a Muslim, he said the statement is false, but if it were true, "So what?" He said that a 7-year-old American Muslim should be able to aspire to be President of the U.S. just like any other child.

Those who consider themselves to be part of Palin's "pro-American" community but who use the M-word to conjure up hate and fear need to re-read U.S. history. We were founded by people who, above all, believed in religious tolerance. If you are pro-American you believe, like Powell does, that there is no room for religious intolerance in our political system.

Posted by: exco | October 19, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Fact: The rich have been getting richer and the poor poorer since the 1970s. Go look it up.

Fact: Obama pledges to "spread the wealth around".

Fact: Spreading wealth around, coupled with regulation and, later on, deregulation, led to the economic boom of the 1950s as more customers were able to buy goods.

Posted by: rickyrab | October 19, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I don't blame Powell for being uncomfortable. As if there was any doubt about who he would endorse? Coming this late after the election is all but decided is not exactly a profile in courage for Powell. I never did understand anyway why people put so much stock in Colin Powell, especially after he got up in front of the UN and lied to the world. He should just keep his worthless opinions to himself.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 19, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin is not only not ready to be president, she will NEVER be ready to be president. She does not have the intellectual capacity. Of course, neither does G. W. Bush, which is why things are such a mess now.

Posted by: JSermarini | October 19, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

you can hear the hysteria in Tom22's posts, you can almost hear the loony tunes theme as well.

You republican stooges are going to get what you deserve. As soon as your party decides they don't need your kind of infection it may be that the libertarians and independents may return.

Try to get hold of yourself Tom22, your anger isn't getting you anywhere except giving us all a good laugh. And I know it's small-minded of me to say it, but I am truly enjoying your despair.

Posted by: barfolomew | October 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

WOW! An endorsement from colin(superliar,superstooge,supersellout) powell.

Thanks but NO THANKS!

Go visit the folks in the hospital without arms and legs and tell them how you helped to put them there.

Go visit the families of the deceased and explain to them about WMD,yellowcake,chemical and biological weapons and all the other lies you told at the UN!!!

So nice of you to "consider"
another job with the govt.
Why don't you go to work for Cheney or don't you like the desert?
Why don't you join with Karl Rove and write a book about how great America is for its "victory" in Iraq?

Or,better yet,why don't you just go######################

Posted by: lenteach | October 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As a Hillary supporter, and I still support her, it astounds me to read angry, jealous right-wing, ignorant people getting upset because of Powell's endorsement. One writer wrote about "blacks," which comes across as derogotory, voting for Obama just because he's black. What about the number of whites who plan to vote for McCain because he's white? Better yet, what about the generations of local and state government races across this country in which white people only voted for white candidates. You angry people need to get a grip on reality and realize that people are voting for Obama because he's the better candidate. And if a black man or woman decides to vote for Obama because of race, then so be it. It is what it is. What will you think when this country elects an Asian-American, a Latin man or woman and God forbid a gay man or woman. Who knows, soon we might get to elect a multi-racial, gay, republican.

Posted by: LeeShawnNelson | October 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Collin Powell is Black of course he would endorse Obama who is black.

I want to know how much Obama paid Collin Powell.

I am forty, fit, female and voted for McCain/Palin 2008 and mailed my ballot in and feel great about it. I am a lifelong Democrat.

Obama has a Muslim name Barrack Hussein Obama. I do not trust Obama.

Obama is a sexist. I did not like his negative campaign against Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.

Women rock the vote this election and we do not like Obama.

Obama has terrorist friends like William Ayers who "would bomb the Pentagon again".
Obama's has other suspect friends like Tony Rezko, Nadhmi Auchi and Alsammarae.

Iraq and the other oil pumping Muslim nations are trying to put their president in the White House.

NO WAY. NOBAMA.

Collin Powell is an Uncle Tom and a loser career who helped America get into this Iraq war mess.

Posted by: gracedelvillar | October 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

"The Republicans would have been thrilled to have Powells endorsement but since the endorsement went to Obama, they will have to find fault with it.

Powell has been making statements about Obama for many months and has been following this election closely. He does not endorse a candidate lightly.

To not endorse his friend of 27 years and another war hero (?) that is a Republican should say it all.

Posted by: carolo43 |"

He's endorsing Obama because he's BLACK. Pure and Simple. If you don't believe that then you are a very well trained Obama Zombie!

I'm an Obama Zombie
You're an Obama Zombie
Wouldn't like to be an Obama Zombie too
Drink the Zombie Kool-Aid
Drink the Zombie Kool-Aid

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Powell does not carry any clout any more. He was an ineffective Secretary of State. Powell's endorsement may polarize the race more in this country. Here is another Afro-American guy endorsing another Afro-American guy. This may result in a white backlash and gives a rationalization to whites to rally behind McCain especially in the swing states. Get ready for a big surprise on 11/5.

Posted by: krishna5002 | October 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

THANK YOU Colin Powell! For being a voice of reason amongst all the partisan bickering. In reading the many posts contributed about this article, it is frightening to realize the incredible double standards and lack of respect that people are displaying - Reducing the decision of a successful and diligent servant of the American military and people as a superficial choice made on the basis of one's skin color ... forgetting that when Powell made his speech to the UN he was speaking based on faulty information that at the time, also convinced many US Congressmen and many readers of this paper that there was a real reason to go to war ... and in the vein of McCain's military service, forgetting that few current US politicians have devoted as much of their career and cause to the military and safety of your country than General Colin Powell. Racist implications ooze out of these arguments. And those who choose to make these arguments to better help themselves explain the rejection of the Republican current party, go ahead. The rest of the clear thinking realists are savoring this moment for what it is... a true demonstration of putting country first, regardless of what label a person wears or what his affiliation is.

Posted by: sadietherese | October 19, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Cannula, either you do not have a small business, or else you don't understand the tax code. It does not work that way.

If your share of the profits - the net - combined with your other income is over 250,000, you will face around a 3% increase in your marginal taxes.

That would be a tax rate in the mid to high 20's, not 55-60%. Your estimate is around twice too high.

Small businesses are exempt from taxation for Obama's health plan, but they receive incentives if they wish to buy health insurance. There is no additional payroll tax for small businesses.

Also, although there is not a tax to be paid in this case, any additional taxation on small businesses are PAID BY THE CORPORATION, NOT BY THE INDIVIDUAL. LLC's and subchapter S corporations have corporate taxes (such as payroll tax) paid by the corporation - it comes out before the net income is passed through to the owners. IT IS NOT PART OF YOUR PERSONAL 401K.

The income tax is passed through. OTHER TAXES ARE NOT - they are part of calculating the net. I own a small business. Been there, done that.

I have no idea where this crazy idea originated, but if you actually believe it's true, you need to hire a CPA.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 19, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

brilliant choice and a reasoned, courageous endorsement, esp. since it goes against party lines. i have always respected powell and his service to the nation, even though i am a democrat; now i respect him even more and laud this gesture of speaking with cogency and truth the differences between mcCain and Obama as candidates and men. Obama clearly has the temperament, character, judgment, and intelligence to lead in these times; mcCain sold his soul to the devil to win, taking the lowest (and sleaziest) road to the highest office in the land. he doesn't deserve to get there.

Posted by: paula7 | October 19, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

General Powell continues to be a great American Hero.
He is putting his country first, withstanding the slings and arrows of his own party in making a decision that is Best for our Country.
God Bless America!
and
God Bless Colin Powell and Barack Obama!

Posted by: Dee321 | October 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities — and you 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."

-- Colin Powell on Barack Obama

Posted by: ScottinNC | October 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

CHECK OUT McCAIN’S SUPPORT OF VETERANS.

The facts are Veterans groups gives Obama a “B” rating and McCain a “D” rating.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell crossed party lines this morning to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president, the most prominent GOP defection yet of the 2008 campaign.
Obama has courted Republicans all along, but in Powell he gets party crossover plus military credibility. Powell is a retired U.S. Army general and served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the first President Bush.

THAT’S THE FACTS…. CHECK OUT… Why Won't McCain Sign the GI Bill?.........
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK_9sI7hzAc

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Joe the plumber (WHO MERELY REPRESENTS ECONOMIC HOPE) and every other small business should be sent a list of non-taxpayers so that they can just send them a check directly. Eliminating Obama's commission for brokering the deal could be a huge savings, and the average small business could probably cover this cost by firing just 1 person. The unemployment rate doesn't really matter as long as everyone is getting paid! People don't want to work and they don't need much to survive; they really just want to watch TV all day! For $500/month from their working comrades, 100 million non-taxpaying Americans could be living the American dream!
-Dapistol


Dapistol-

AMEN Brother, I'm glad the cavalry has arrived!

Let's just rename America, "The United States of ANIMAL FARM"!

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875 & B Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

McCain's $5000 credit will help people with coverage only if out of pocket expenses are greater than the increased taxes. Taxing business on this expense will add millions of new uninsured destroying part of the tax base for the credit. Obama's tax credit for small business and fine for big business not providing coverage seems to be the better way.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

General Powell is an American Hero! He loves our country. He took the time to decide based on the actions of the two candidates, then he made his decision to support Barack Obama.
He knew he would taking the blind lashings of his own party. He chose to put his country first as he did when he was serving our country and defending our very own Freedom of Speech!

Posted by: Dee321 | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"Powell, Buckley, Parker and others are intelligent conservatives that see more than left and right.

Posted by: jameschirico |"

Love it. and jameschirico is an intelligent liberal that sees more than left and right. Ha Ha Ha. Buckley and Parker are nobodies! One guy is the son of a neo-con! BTW, you are only voting for Obama because you have been trained like a puppy to vote for a Black Democrat by your parents and the media! Good Doggie!

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Well, that seals it then. Powell can't be a 'real' American, can he? General Colin Powell can't be a 'real' Patriot, can he? He must want terrorists to succeed and must be a secret Muslim who wants take over America. It's the only possible explanation. He now joins the dozens of former military Generals and Admirals who stood with Obama at the D-convention. It has to be a conspiracy.

It wasn't GW Bush who duped Powell into making that UN speech, it was Powell who duped everyone into to thinking that he really loved America and was willing to die for America. No, 'real' Americans, 'patriotic' American, are always Christian Republicans......Duh!

Pass the kool-aid.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans would have been thrilled to have Powells endorsement but since the endorsement went to Obama, they will have to find fault with it.

Powell has been making statements about Obama for many months and has been following this election closely. He does not endorse a candidate lightly.

To not endorse his friend of 27 years and another war hero (?) that is a Republican should say it all.

Posted by: carolo43 | October 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow talk about going from an Uncle Tom from the Bush administration to a lefties dream overnight! Powell was heavily in favor of going to war against Iraq and now he supports Obama?

Some people call him a great american, I say a turncoat hypocrite at best. God forbid someone calls him a traitor to his own troops. You might get called a racist or some other PC correct insult? After Obama's diplomacy gives our enemies whatever they wan't to enhance our image in France, our blood will be on Powells hands. He must be scared that if he doesn't promote Obama; Oprah won't promote his upcoming book!

Posted by: donmac1 | October 19, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

by the way Colin Powell does not need a job he is retired.....

Posted by: gsboy | October 19, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I knew the Republican EX-Treme Right Wing, which is now most of what's left of the Republican Party would attack Colin Powell if he endorsed Obama. It is evidenced here. They did not listen to the reasons given, as evidenced here.They only can hear what they want to hear. The ashes of the Republican Party are extremely ideologically to the Right. They do not present arguments, they only present character assassination, which was part of Coin Powell's message. They answer the critics , such as Kathleen Parker, David Brooks, Chris Buckley, Mike Murphy , Peggy Noonan, John Weaver and others , not with some amelioration of their extreme views, but with more of the same and with character assassination of those who would talk reason to them.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I thought about commenting in my usual cynical way, but instead I submit to you this:

Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thomas Jefferson, Wash. DC, March 4, 1801

Posted by: CCR1 | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

A fair exchange or maybe not, Lieberman for Powell. Mr. Lieberman compares to a pawn and Mr. Powell "Check Mate". I think the GOP's tactics change with or without a democratic president. The country has resisted a scare vote and Mr. Powell has indirectly denounced that. I'm a little hesitant to say it but, America seems to have turned the corner.
My origin unknown to any and all readers of this post, I love this country.

Posted by: landuse | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

by the way Collin Powell does need a job he s retired.....

Posted by: gsboy | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The GOP is in bad need of a major correction, and maybe it's going to take them losing big and losing ugly to realize that voices like Sarah Palin's aren't good for this country?

As a lifelong independent who has always leaned very strongly GOP, I'm backing the Democrat candidate for president for the first time ever. And, I'm getting a kick out of seeing Powell, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks and other conservatives speak out against the GOP. Thank God someone is serious about Country First!

Posted by: ScoutieDog | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the wing nuts plan to handle this by smearing Powell. (Gee, who'd a thunk?) Here's a good example below:

"Colon also said that Boy Jorge had brought the Republican Party too far to the right for him to continue to support Republicans.

I'm wondering what EEO job Colon has been promised in a Kingfish administration?

Or maybe no-show seats on corporate boards and think tanks?

Yeah,part of it is "give a brutha a hand",but he held out for some sweetening in that pot. "

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=242494#C24

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 19, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Who is more racist? Black folks or white folks

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin = wannabe "Saturday Night Live" character who can't muster up the courage to do a skit right
Joe Biden = qualified veep candidate

Posted by: rickyrab | October 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

It's sad to read some of the commentors who want to minimize this endorsement by reducing it to race. There is NOTHING in Powell's past that lead one to this conclusion...NOTHING!!

It's OK to disagree with Powell's insightful and well-thought out decision. But, it is not OK to suddenly question his sincerity. Those making light of this decision are the same ones who would be LAWDING it right now if Powell had simply done the easy thing and stayed in step with his party and endorsed McCain.

Powell made clear why he made this decision. If this were cimply about race (which truly INSULTS Powell's intelligence and reputation!!), Powell would have come out a long time ago. Just as Obama has transcended race throughout this campaign, Powell's decision goes WELL beyond race!!

Get over it, McCain supporters who deny the validity of this endorsement!! Don't make excuses for your candidate's shameful behavior during this campaign. Look back to 2000 for the McCain who is no more!

Posted by: lorimha01 | October 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Tom22 you have more than proved my point for me, thanks for the support.

I'm voting for the Libertarians this time, as I have since 1988.

Your assumption that I'm voting for Obama ... I couldn't have made my point any better than you have.

Posted by: barfolomew | October 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Watching Republican dead-enders poo-poo Powell's endorsement as just a black man endorsing a black man is both hilarious and sad. Oh, you'd back Alan Keyes. Well, Alan Keyes is about the most extreme man - black or white - in politics. That ANYBODY would back Alan Keyes is disturbing. Powell is a real man, not a nutjob. But according to the GOP dead enders Powell is just a negro.

Keep that line up. I'm sure non-racists will find it really persuasive.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | October 19, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Powell, once again, shows that he is an idiot. He endorses Obama based on what Obama would do to our economy? No wonder he lost to North Vietnam! He doesn't think Palin is qualified to be VP because Biden, like himself, didn't think we should defeat Iraq in the Gulf War.

Posted by: rpatoh | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"American Hero General Powell said a major part of his decision was his conclusion that Obama was the better option to repair frayed U.S. relations with allies overseas.

Posted by: Dee321 |"

Ohhhhhh that touches my heart. I'm glad you agree with his speech before the UN in which he convinced them that their were WMD's in Iraq which allowed us to INVADE IRAQ. BTW, you are voting for Obama because you have always secretly wanted to have a BLACK FRIEND? RIiiiiiiiiiGHT.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Powell, Buckley, Parker and others are intelligent conservatives that see more than left and right. Doing what is best for the country in their opinion overrides their conservative ideology. I hope Obama is wise enough to retain Gates and Baker as both have done a fine job in my viewpoint. Also having the Casey's express their viewpoint within the party is what Powell described as inclusive. Obama and McCain have both taken two steps to the right with Obama moving closer to the center.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how much it will help that Powell endorses Obama, but it won't hurt. Powell stated all the reasons that a person should vote FOR Obama. These are the qualities I saw in Obama after studying all the candidates as they campaigned in Iowa during the Caucus season. I am a 64 year old white woman who caucused for Obama, makes phone calls for him and was the first person in our county to proudly vote for him. I pray more people will see the opportunity we have before us and vote for this intelligent, steady man. It is what this country needs.

Posted by: lynettema | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"thecannula"
how old are you because your passion express a 15 y old with some language and mental barriers.....
dont worry you still have a few years in front of you to put it together hopefully.....lol

Posted by: gsboy | October 19, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Yawn. Wake me up when there is news to report, if you still do that.

Posted by: qball43 | October 19, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if Palin is a man or woman. This 'person' is not 'ready' to be president. Anyone, that has to be hidden from the press, and cannot handle the 'hard' questions surely is questionable during a crisis. Where is she going to hide- Camp David?

This republican will support stability!

Posted by: insideman | October 19, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Taxing medical benifits. If someone gives you $5000.00 would you not take the money and pay taxes on it? You still come out way ahead.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

After reading a bunch of posts, it is shocking that people are unabashedly racist. What a sad testament...and, ignorant. Go grab your six pack and wallow in it....

Posted by: RJ_Kruger | October 19, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It is very clear this American Hero put his country 1st in this decision.
General Powell said McCain’s choices in the last few weeks — especially his selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his vice presidential running mate — had raised questions in his mind about McCain’s judgment.
“I don’t believe [Palin] is ready to be president of the United States,” Powell said flatly. By contrast, Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, “is ready to be president on day one.”

Posted by: Dee321 | October 19, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Tom22: your presumptions are laughable.

Colin Powell is making a thoughtful, deliberate endorsement.

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 19, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"I'm sick and tired of the ideologues running my country.

Colin Powell is no ideologue. Listening to (and reading here) the blasting he is taking from those who once felt he shared their ideology shows just what these people are.

Posted by: barfolomew |"

Ha Ha Ha!

An OBAMA ZOMBIE criticizing IDEOLOGUES. I love it. BTW, BARFOLOMEW YOU are voting for Obama because you have always wished to have a BLACK FRIEND. Just thoutht I'd inform you of that in case you haven't realized what your TRUE MOTIVATIONS for voting for him are.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

American Hero General Powell said a major part of his decision was his conclusion that Obama was the better option to repair frayed U.S. relations with allies overseas.

Posted by: Dee321 | October 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

With that endorsement you could hear the whisper of right wing racist putting their white hoods and the Colin Powell being vilified by his own party.

I for one welcome that endorsement as it shows Obama is reaching across party lines and being recognized as a man who can lead this country. Colin Powell should be brought back as Secretary of State under the Obama administration so he can show his protege Rice how adults interact with world leaders.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

As a Republican who happens to be a liberal, I am happy that Mr. Powell is backing Mr. Obama. Thank you, Colin, and may the Nelson Rockefeller wing of the GOP rise again one day! (note: McCain is still a bit too conservative for that "wing", in my opinion, but I could be wrong.)

Posted by: rickyrab | October 19, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow - you all should take a look at the Fox News postings! After Obama recording a record 150 million in fundraising followed by Powells endorsement, I think the right wings heads are going to explode! Of course the Powell bashing has begun - what a bunch of hypocrites. They lambaste the dems for criticizing Palin and Joe the Plumber, but what they're doing to Powell is amazing.

Posted by: jerzygrl | October 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, General Powell!!!!

Posted by: martymar123 | October 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

This is Great News! The Honorable hero Gen. Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama:
Powell said he was “troubled” by Republican personal attacks on Obama, especially false intimations that Obama was Muslim and Republicans’ recent focus on Obama’s alleged connections to William Ayers, the founder of the radical ’60 Weather Underground.
Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to to Obama but also to Muslims.
“The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society.
“I look at these kind of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me,” Powell said. “Over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party has become narrower and narrower.”

Posted by: Dee321 | October 19, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell has a mich-deserved reputation of being an intelligent and levelheaded man. He is not one to jump into decisions rashly. It is for this reason that I am most pleased with his decision. I know that it is not politically motivated and I know he did not make the decision lightly. He has watched this race closely over the last several months and has come to the conclusion that the majority of Americans now realize...for the current global conditions, Obama is surely the right choice to lead America at this time inour history.

Thank you Mr. Powell for being a voice of reason at this time and making a solid endorsement for Obama.

OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'16!!

Posted by: lorimha01 | October 19, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this STRAIGHT:

He's ENDORSWING OBAMA because he thinks the guy with zero accomplishments will be an excellent and even TRANSFORMATIONAL President and not simply because he's the only BLAKC GUY running?

He's voting for him for the same reason all the Obama Fanatics are - he's getting a new BLACK FRIEND - the one they dreamed of having since ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Posted by: Tom22 | October 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Observing the True Believer republicans in this matter is informative as to how these people think.

Only the ideologues are hanging onto McCain these days. And this is how they think - they look for ideological purity, make their judgment based solely on that, then backfill the reasons after.

Another problem with ideologues is they are incapable of perceiving any other reason for judgment, all people are ideologues in their mind. Those who disagree with them never think about why they disagree, they just have the wrong ideology.

I'm sick and tired of the ideologues running my country.

Colin Powell is no ideologue. Listening to (and reading here) the blasting he is taking from those who once felt he shared their ideology shows just what these people are.

Posted by: barfolomew | October 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Powell has taken the Obama Kool Aid. Just showing his true colors we all knew he head (liberal on social issues, pro-abortion rights). No big surprise. Lost what respect I had for Powell today, especially when he praised Obama's intellectual prowess and completely dismissed Bill Ayers...give me a break!

Posted by: daman1 | October 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse
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Did you watch the last debate? McCain himself dismissed the Ayers issue. There's nothing there.

Posted by: PA_DC | October 19, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

What Powell said about Iraq was the Frank's plan of 400,000 men to pacify and safely control Iraq was not a consideration by this administration. His doctrine is what was used in Desert Storm. The old man's new world order is where he thought Dubya was headed. Too bad that apple fell so far from the tree.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 19, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Look, Powell said he has been watching and talking to Obama for the past two years and he has been paying close attention to the presidential race for many, many months. I take issue with your assessment at the top of your story, that Powell has been watching for "six or seven weeks." Yes, of course he has, but it isn't merely the six or seven weeks that he has paid close attention and analyzed the implications of each candidacy. It appears from the top of your story that Powell just started paying attention. It is significant that Powell, after many months of reading and observing, made his opinions public, especially with the depth he has turned his back on the sharp right turn of the Republican Party. And the rationale. As a former Secretary of State of the current Bush Administration, and Joint Chief of Staff of the other Bush Administration, Gen. Powell eloquently stated his rationale for support of Sen. Obama. It is indeed a rationale that should be celebrated and followed.

Posted by: RJ_Kruger | October 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I saw a video clip where a McCain supporter from Bethlehem PA referred to an Obama supporter as a "European Socialist." Republicans have to clear their itty bitty brains of the notion that somehow paying taxes is evil. Paying taxes is a good thing if you're getting good services for it. Some European countries have 50% income taxes, but they also have free health care, free kindergarten, free college education, etc. etc. How can the same a$$-clown Republicans that whine like schoolgirls about social programs, support spending a trillion dollars to build democracy in Iraq? WTF does that have to do with "Country first?" The rest of America is finally waking up - perhaps rightwing-extremist Republicans will be next. The richest and the poorest don't pay many taxes anyway, so if you're going to give tax breaks, give them to the Middle Class. Then again, McNaps thinks that the "rich" include those making $5M or more. And he wants to be president?

Posted by: con_crusher | October 19, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Huh. when Palin has no experience what did our HERO OBAMA HAS?? It is another fight for women for equal pay. When a MAN has no experience, he is damn FIT for any JOB but if it is a WOMEN, everyone says SHE IS NOT READY. It is high time to change this damn thinking and have a WOMEN voted for high office and show these DUMB fellas a lesson.

Posted by: rosiejordan
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Rosiejordan,

Sen Obama understands the issues, he has a Harvard education, and he has presented ideas that will move the country forward. He has supported women's issues (pro-choice, equal pay for equal work, etc). He is endorsed by people in his party and by republicans.

On the other hand Palin is not capable of handling an interview with "America's sweetheart" Katie Couric. She's had to hide from the media and as VP of the US she will not be able to hide from people much tougher than Catie. More importantly, she has not supported women,s issues. She would only serve to solidify unfortunate stereotypes that women aren't as smart as men. Worse, Palin would put our country at risk at a level never seen before.

There are plenty of capable women out there. The fact that Sen McCain made this choice is another reason not to vote for him.

Posted by: PA_DC | October 19, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Powell has taken the Obama Kool Aid. Just showing his true colors we all knew he head (liberal on social issues, pro-abortion rights). No big surprise. Lost what respect I had for Powell today, especially when he praised Obama's intellectual prowess and completely dismissed Bill Ayers...give me a break!

Posted by: daman1 | October 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So a "4% increase in the marginal tax rate of those whose taxable income exceeds $250,000" is socialism? What is taxing health benefits, as McCain proposes? What is removing the tax benefit employers currently receive for providing health benefits to employees, thus pushing employees out on their own, many of whom will seek help from Medicaid and other federally and state funded programs? That's the McCain plan.

Use your head.

Posted by: mikebythesun | October 19, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Powell has put to bed Ayers and the tone and attacking by the McCain campaign has moved him to back Obama. He said he would advise the president but not serve. His events on the ground withdrawal analysis was spot on. He made the case intelligence strongly gave evidence of WMD's that later were proven to be false. I think going after Wilson had Colin look at the hard data to find he had been fooled.

Posted by: jameschirico | October 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

klowry57,

You should be extra careful not to screw up a post where you assail someone else's intelligence and grammar.

Posted by: dtysko | October 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Finally someone (Powell) succintly defines the job of the Vice President: 'To be 'ready to be president'. Sarah Palin, by this standard just doesn't muster this Republican vote!

Posted by: insideman | October 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

It's REALLY GOOD to read that a great leader and a well respected leader like FOUR STAR GENERAL POWELL like former SECRETARY COLIN POWELL QUESTIONS 'Sen. John McCain's judgment in picking Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because he doesn't think she is ready to be president.'

This is a man who is in a position to know about John McCain and Sarah Palin.

I completely agree with the Chronicle's comment:
'Perhaps the worst mistake McCain made in his campaign for the White House was the choice of the inexperienced and inflammatory Palin as his vice-presidential running mate. Had he selected a moderate, experienced Republican lawmaker such as Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison with a strong appeal to independents, the Chronicle's choice for an endorsement would have been far more difficult.'

McCain has clearly identified numerous times in recent weeks that his judgment is suspect is suspect. Many times McCain has indicated that he is unsure about what to do. He stumbled all around on the economic issues.

It is good to read that Secretary Powell strongly believes that '...we need a transformational figure...we need a president who is a generational change.'

For more information on John Stumbling Bumbling McCain and his sick sidekick Sarah 666 Palin visit http://www.ibeievethis.us

Posted by: voicewithin | October 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

This shows Powell is on the road to rehabilitation after his dubious service in the train wreck called the Bush administration. The endorsement will be good for Obama and Powell too.

Obama/Biden in 2008!

Posted by: pierredubois | October 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Powell's endorsement points are almost word-for-word the talking points of the Obama campaign. I'm amazed at how his rationale almost completely aligns with the Obama campaign leading me to wonder whether he has any of his OWN reasons he's willing to share with the American public rather than repeat the briefing the Obama campaign provided. I'm sure he does have his own views, but I'm disappointed he isn't willing to share those with the public. That is what I've had rather heard from him than a repetition of campaign talking points.

General Powell is a respected retired American commander but I no longer respect him as a statesman. If he believed his speech to the UN was a stain on his record he should have taken the appropriate steps to correct the administrations course of action or resign from his office.

Posted by: capitalchris | October 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

For the record, I am not a "racist" and I would have voted for a PRO-LIFE African-American, for instance Alan Keyes?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Powell's endorsement or otherwise is of no importance.
His honor has been fatally compromised, and he is now just a sideshow.
Leave it alone, MSM.
Sure, he's black, and Obama is black.
Like that's all Obama is looking for in his supporters?
Don't be silly.

Posted by: wardropper | October 19, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

rosiejordan:
Before you call anyone a 'dumb fella',you should learn to put two coherently,grammatically correct sentences together with proper spelling.Competent women all over America are cringing at your useless comments.You should keep your thoughts to yourself until you achieve enough education to share them with any semblance of credibility.
Hey,you're not the crazy lady at the Obama-McCain debate who thinks Obama is Arab,are you?

Posted by: klowry57 | October 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The wing nuts should realize that it isn't over yet.

Powell will eventually come out with his memoir. A book that will no doubt savage the Republican God George W. Bush.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 19, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

fishingriver-

Excellent use of hyperbole. You almost made sense but failed miserably.

Posted by: dtysko | October 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

wcwinc hits the proverbial nail on the head when he expands upon my *own* complaint about Colin Powell.

BTW, isn't it odd that Colin Powell, Oprah, and reportedly over 90% of black voters intend voting for Obama? Is this a matter of *race*? It certainly looks like it.

Colin Powell had the choice of either voting for the better candidate, McCain or the *black* one -- he chose the racist approach. Shame on you, Mr. Powell!! And to think, America once *respected* you and your opinion to go to war against Iraq!

Posted by: Truth-Be-Told | October 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

God Bless you Colin Powell for your continued service to our great nation.

Posted by: GeoPoliticalGaffe | October 19, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

After Colin Powell endorse Obama. He was so wrong about George Bush and Cheney and now he is so wrong on Obama.

Posted by: vmu1 | October 19, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

When I see comments posted here like dtysco's- "vote for the other black guy."
I realize that this race is really between the 20th century mindset of ignorance and a 21st century America that is suffering because of it. America will either vote for progress and meet the challenges that have us brought us to our knees, or we will watch what is left of the American dream disappear.

Posted by: fishingriver | October 19, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

WOW....look at the neocon nazis and republican fascists now....hahahaha....Powell endorses Obama and they go insane.

Jesus Christ could endorse Obama and the neocon nazi's would hammer a crown of thorns on his head and nail him too a wooden cross...its truely amazing to behold.

Next is Condie Rice....hahahahaha
Watch her endorse Obama....heck..the entire Bush administration is gone. "Rummy will be with me the entire duration of my administration" the next day Rummy was fired....hahahah

Bush said Brownie "Was doin a hellava job" next day BAM Brownie was fired...hahaha

Bush said "Tenet was trustworthy and and an asset" BAM...Tenet was fired...hahahahah

Bush said Wolfowitz was "True and loyal" as Bush sent him to the world bank head position....wolfowitz got fired for theft from the bank a few weeks later....hahahahah....

Its hilarious too watch the neocon nazis put on wedding dresses....douse themselves with gasoline....chomp a cyanide tablet....shoot themselves in the head...jump in a ditch and lite themselves on fire....hahahahaha Can anyone say ...Mrs Bruam....kiss your husband HITLER....hahahahahaha

Gary Gelormino Seven Hills Ohio 44131 (216)447-0081

Posted by: garygelormino1 | October 19, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this is a way to get him back in good graces with his race it not easy being a outsider in your own race and the black community has been tough on Colin.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

response to: (dtysko | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM)

Prove it. As Powell said, if his decision were based entirely on race, he would have chosen Obama months ago. Though Powell is technically a Republican, he's certainly a centrist and somewhat apolitical. It seems that the decision has been agonizing, and he's somewhat uneasy about making it--considering his prestige in the Republican party. That said, he seems to be voting his conscience, which is the most important thing.

Posted by: con_crusher | October 19, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Gator-Ron-

I love when dolts like you toss out bigot and racist claims. It only weakens your argument, assuming you ever had one. Go ahead and call me a bigot and compare Palin to a genocidal maniac while voting for a socialist. It makes my decision not to all that more satisfying. Also, kill yourself.

Posted by: dtysko | October 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Further evidence that the Republican party has become what Joe McCarthy always wanted it to be, an anti-reason, anti-science, extremist hate group!

Posted by: squirebass | October 19, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Those on the left hate Powell because of his presentation at the UN. You seem to forget that Powell was a soldier fulfilling the mission set to him by his Commander in Chief. In private he tried to make is CO (Bush) understand the implications of his decision and he was ignored. In public, he served his duty without incredulity. Dont blame the war on him, he is definitely a great American.

Those on the right will now hate him because in his current position, but he no longer has to temper his speech with is commander's opinion. He can speak his mind and he is pointing out how his party has left him. The ultra-conservatives are going off of the deep end and in fact have been there for some time. He has seen this happen from the inside and knows it is not the 'gotcha media' mischaracterizing them. There are many with an R by their name that are, if not racist, clearly xenophobic.

This is a huge endorsement for the moderates in this country. Not just the fact that he did it, but the thought out, articulate manner it was presented. Every moderate Republican in the country should watch this video. If you are an Obama supporter it is your duty to disseminate this video to everyone you know that is a) ex military or current military, b) moderate Republican or c)general undecided.

Lets show the world that America knows a great man when it is presented with one.
Obama - 08!

Posted by: dlpluna | October 19, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Dear JakeD:

My opinion of Powell would not have changed significantly as I fully expected him to back McCain which would be in keeping with his spineless political career. As Secretary of State, General powell contiuously gave credence to a foreign policy that has been and deceptive and ruinous for this country both in terms of money and lives.

There is simply no way that he didn't know better and he chose for reason still unknown to not do the honorable thing and resign. It was only years later long aftet he was gone that he came clean and then probably only to salvage his legacy.

I think his endorsement of Obama actually fits the saving of the legacy theory. he he surely knows and as Chris Buckley recently found out, there is no going back to the party of the Neocons. Gee I wonder if the crazy rep from Minnesota thinks Poweel is un American too. Ansbody want to bet? I'll give odds.

Posted by: takdan | October 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Huh. when Palin has no experience what did our HERO OBAMA HAS?? It is another fight for women for equal pay. When a MAN has no experience, he is damn FIT for any JOB but if it is a WOMEN, everyone says SHE IS NOT READY. It is high time to change this damn thinking and have a WOMEN voted for high office and show these DUMB fellas a lesson.

Posted by: rosiejordan | October 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Barak Obama has shown by his past associations with terrorists, anti-Americans, racists, bigots and corrupt figures including but not limited to Rev. Wright, Farrakhan, Pfleger, Ayers, Dorhn and Tony Rezko and his support of the greed and corrupt Chicago Machine that he is unfit to serve as president and certainly not as commander in chief. He never served a day in the military, the Reserve or the ROTC. His community service was service to himself. Public housing under Obama supported Rezko, failed in Obama's district. Tenants froze in winter.
A complacent, elitist press will have been the reason that this stealth candidate with the thinnest resume of 130 present votes, far left pro-criminal, pro-partial birth abortion and infanticide, who changed positions daily and had no foreign experience in the year he was in the Senate before announcing his candidacy will be elected.
Those who believe Obama have checked their common sense at the door. The Obama Nation and the Case Against Barak Obama spell it out but the thrill has apparently run up the leg of the misinformed and those who want change at any price. A chill should run down the collective spine. Hitler had the media and offered change. The difference is that Obama is an appeaser who will destroy this country from within.
The bandwagon effect of the polls will propel Obama into the White House. We will all live to regret it.

Posted by: mharwick | October 19, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm a white Catholic that is so proud of Colin Powell to finally come forward to
endorse Barack Obama.
Some news media will bring forth the table about race(color of skin)but these are the ones that will not see past their nose.
THANK YOU COLIN POWELL the one is so respected

Posted by: Judith5 | October 19, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell wrong on the war wrong on the surge wrong on Obama.Who care who this guy support just go away Colin.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

wow.... wasn't this the guy who went before the united nations and told us there were weapons of mass destruction in iraq ? who used the respect that the american people had for him and his service to assure us and the WORLD that the bush administration was doing the right thing ? iraq was what obama and his supporter built their campaign on wasn't it ? and now the americans should believe that powell again knows what's real and not real...i think the "joe plumbers" of the usa know better what is real and how obama policies will be the TRUE "weapons of OUR mass destruction"

Posted by: wcwinc | October 19, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I note that Colin Powell waited until nearly the last minute before "endorsing" Obama. Yet he failed to mention that it was *he* who assured us that Iraq had weapons of mass distruction and it was *he* who brought about the invasion of Iraq. This man is a disgrace.

Posted by: Truth-Be-Told | October 19, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Gator-ron:

That's right, Palin is Hitler. Be very scared.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

All those words and still all I hear "vote for the other black guy." Powell made a better case for invading Iraq in the U.N.

Posted by: dtysko | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM

You do not hear it you think it, bigot!

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is a big tent party. It attracts people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. The Republican Party is a small tent party. Its tent consists of a white sheet with two holes cut out to see through.

Posted by: hamishdad

I see you're a one person party of the small brained.

Posted by: dtysko | October 19, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

This is with no doubt the most important address yet give to any voting, thinking, responsible citizen that qualifies him or herself as a God fearing American who loves this country first & formost! These are comments & judgments that are worthy of every Americans ear.

Posted by: roostersummers1 | October 19, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Very interesting. Maybe there's some hope we'll get out of Iraq after all.

You realize the current Administration is busy doing its level best to make that difficult? Loading the dice, so to speak, by the appointment of Petraeus to the Middle East command, and Odierno to replace him in Iraq.

As transparent a ruse as the one at Interior, where they're busy opening land for oil drilling.

Of course, the oil industry isn't prepared to drill there -- the price of oil isn't high enough now. They're mainly interested in securing rights that can be exploited at some future date -- or more likely, sold to others at a handsome profit.

You didn't really think the neocons and the have-mores would let a little thing like a lost election stop them, did you?

Posted by: Samson151 | October 19, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What Powell has done is made it a legitimate political issue out of Sarah Palin's unworthiness in for office.

Her nomination and the radicalness of her thinking and her lack of ethical fitness is reminiscent of the 1933 election of Hitler. Hitler was the vice-chancellor not the chancellor to the old war hero von Hindenburg.

Some of the slander the opposition supporters of Obama have made that comparison to Obama. But it is Palin who the people have not considered thoroughly enough and it is she that is most analogous to Hitler. Thank you Mr Powell for reminding us that Palin is unfit to serve.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:39 AM

The ninth word on the first line of the Last paragraph should be McCain.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell has every right as an American to endorse Barack Obama. The GOP is the blame. Bush, McCain and all the Country Club Republicans in Congress, if you are a maverick, and compromise on conservative principals, then what's lift to vote for just a personality?

Posted by: xthat | October 19, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

What suprises me is that people think Obama has a plan on the Bailout when he is calling eveyone and there brother to find out what his plan is.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell endorses Obama. So now there is one more person for the hysterical right wing to demonize and try to destroy.

It will be fun reading the Republican blogs today and hearing what a "Commie", "America Hater" and "Muzzie lover" Powell is and has always been.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 19, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

All those words and still all I hear "vote for the other black guy." Powell made a better case for invading Iraq in the U.N.

Posted by: dtysko | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Let's be clear Obama plans a tax increase on the amount over $250,000 that one makes. Not on all the income. So if you made $255,000 the 5,000 over 250,000 would be taxed at the higher rate, not the entire 250,000.

Posted by: Chrism1 | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy the smug attempts of the Florida Today liberal minions to appear to be superior. Such would be a normal defensive reaction of having Joe Biden on the losing ticket.

Joe Biden says JOBS is a 3 letter word . . . . Watch it and laugh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq-eeWow_WU

Posted by: sagereader | October 19, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

truthseeker13:

Zuckermand was being sarcastic. He us voting for The One, don't worry. Me, I know I am not a "racist" so I have no problem "admitting" I already voted for McCain-Palin.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

So race once again trumps party. Whatta nonsurprise. Of course, if he had endorsed McCain, he'd have had to deal with being called an oreo, like Michael Steele of Maryland. Real courage, Powell.

Posted by: segeny | October 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It's nice Colin Powell supports Obama and it's typical that evangelically lobotomized Palin neocons simply dismiss it as racial solidarity, but the fact remains that the once respected General sold out to Cheney and lied for him at the UN. He belongs before a tribunal in the Hague with Rove, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Pelosi and little Georgie Jr. for their complicity in international war crimes.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This is Powell's last chance to redeem himself. He should have stepped forward soon after he left the 2nd. Bush cabinet and exposed the atrocities of the administration he was part of.

This endorsement hopefully would make him sleep better at night.

Posted by: bobbychandran | October 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

What Powell has done is made it a legitimate political issue out of Sarah Palin's unworthiness in for office.

Her nomination and the radicalness of her thinking and her lack of ethical fitness is reminiscent of the 1933 election of Hitler. Hitler was the vice-chancellor not the chancellor to the old war hero von Hindenburg.

Some of the slander the opposition supporters of Obama have made that comparison to Obama. But it is Palin who the people have not considered thoroughly enough and it is she that is most analogous to Hitler. Thank you Mr Powell for reminding us that Palin is unfit to serve.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Courage would be someone that if he didn't believe in the war would stand up and tell us and NOT let someone else tell him what he thinks.

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I just listened to Powell's endorsement. Everyone should hear it, if for no other reason, to hear what he has to say about the discredited charge that Obama is a Muslim.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | October 19, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Well said Mr. Powell, this man would make a good President, he should be in cabinet. Powell is well respected around the world.

Posted by: leaand2 | October 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

All of you Obamsniacs praising Powell for his PAST accomplishments, he could have been the best President, etc.:

Would you be posting that if he had endorsed McCain today?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party is a big tent party. It attracts people with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. The Republican Party is a small tent party. Its tent consists of a white sheet with two holes cut out to see through.

Posted by: hamishdad | October 19, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Colin Powell made a well articulated easy to understand endorsement for Senator Obama. His recognition of Senator Obama as being fit for our times with the right mind and character to be a transformational leader was gratifying to hear.

Being a Republican, an admiral and former Secretary of State (200-2004)under Bush says a great deal about Senator Obama's bipartison support and support by military veterans.

Colin Powell will unlikely convince voters solely on his endorsement. However, in conjunction with other information, Colin Powell's endorsement is influential and makes many feel happy about their already leaning decision to vote for Senator Obama.
It will be interesting to see what role Colin Powell might take in a new Obama administration- advisor or what.

Posted by: lucy2008 | October 19, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

this endorsement is so HUGE, from one of the most respected republicans in the party who gave a thoughtful and rational explanation for his decision.

having said that, to the people to the right - my fellow nazis, fascists, christian zealots who like to channel mccarthy, and secessionists - let the powell smear campaign begin!

Posted by: atchan77 | October 19, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

What can an African-American person do at this time? Vote for his man. That is what OBAMA wanted and he is getting it. The main reason for Obama to enter the presidential race is now FULLY JUSTIFIED. Now Powell and Opera showed that RACE is the main for this election. Now we have to see those idiot whites do in the election. Do they stick to their own like AA doing or fear of being ticked as RACISIM.

Posted by: rosiejordan | October 19, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

You people that call General Colin Powell names are a bunch of disrespectful gits. He has served this country and practically had his career ruined by the current administration and is now sticking his neck out to endorse someone from the other party. That is what I call courage.

Posted by: phorse | October 19, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Zuckerman is a parrot and through his ignorance is promoting the greatest socialistic takeover of our country by his party. I am an independent voter, a homebuilder from Colorado, and know something about the housing crisis. I love the free market and am supporting Obama because of that. My 87 year old mother, a life long Republican and thus hater of government and any taxes, calls me a socialist. Obama represents reason, prudence and good judgemnet to guide us out of this economic mess. Free markets are not free without free information, transparency and oversight. McCain/Palin lack the curiosity and intellect to understand the complexities involved. They would simply be more like Bush. God help us if they got elected.

Posted by: truthseeker13 | October 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has been acting erratically ever since he selected Palin for his running mate. When the economy failed his behavior became bizarre. Stresses on any president in the next few years are going to be extreme . They will be fatal for someone in McCain's health and mental state. When he steps down we will then inherit his Palin fiasco.

Now Colin Powell has recognized these facts and has endorsed Obama as being a cool-headed and logical leader who is more fit for the presidency.

Kipling said it best:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!


He was talking about men like Obama.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

There will be more McCain Democrats -- cue charges of "racism" -- than there will be Obama Republicans. His underdog status virtually guarantees that much.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

COLIN POWEL IS PURE EXAMPLE THAT AMERICANS ARE FED UP AND SICK OF THIS NAZI GOVERNMENT. POWEL WAS MOST HATED GUY IN BUSH ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE HE WARNED THEM NOT TO ATTACK IRAQ AND YET THEY USED HIM TO PRESENT THE WHOLE ATTACK FALSE CASE TO U.N. THAT'S WHY HE DECIDED TO RETIRE. BY THE WAY, THUS IS THE GUY WHO COULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST PRESIDENT. MY WISE AND SMART TEACHER TOLD ME THAT 13 YEARS AGO; WHENBARACK OBAMA WAS NOT ARROUND.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Powell is not a man to be respected because history will not absolve him for the critical role he played in his failure to resign at a time when his influence in going to war would have set him apart as a statesman. At this late time in the campaign Powell's influence is more of the same "me too" aspect in going with the likely winner.

Posted by: rdklingus | October 19, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Gen. Powell, for putting country first. The McCain lynch mob has run a despicable campaign. I really hope they lose in a landslide.

Posted by: hamishdad | October 19, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It's fine he endorsed Obama.... how could he do anything else....PLEASE OBAMA DO NOT ADD POWELL TO YOUR CABINET

Posted by: mtdon | October 19, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone suprised about Colin Powell endorsement of Obama.After being the main force in getting us in war and now trying to cover his butt.Hind sight is 20/20 now he said the war was wrong when he is the one that stood in front of America held up the vails and pushed us into war. Colin is a disgrace to America!

Posted by: tracker11 | October 19, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The left hates Colin Powell because he is a Republican and now the right has a reason to hate him, too.

The fact is, Colin Powell in American first, and his endorsement of Barack Obama will carry great weight with independents.

Posted by: stevefought | October 19, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

In '80 and '84, there were Reagan Democrats.

Time for Obama Republicans to reciprocate in '08.

Posted by: oheightwinn | October 19, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

That is good, but why so late in the game?

Posted by: johng1 | October 19, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

shoemiaw:

Don't get too "emotional". Colin Powell once laid out the COMMON SENSE case at the United Nations for attacking Iraq.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

This matters even less than WaPo and NYT endorsements. In fact, Hillary "endorsed" Obama are there will still be millions of McCain Democrats voting for him.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Thank you General Powell. This will go a long way in fight the fascism being expounded by McCain surrogates, like Palin, Bachmann and Lady Stick Neck who have declared anyone who does not live in the middle of GOP territory as not living in real America, anti-american, and need of a McCarthy style investigation.

Posted by: friendlyfire1 | October 19, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

God bless you, Gen. Colin Powell!!! You've put us over the top!!!


Normally, I'm not emotional in any way, but this morning, when Gen. Colin Powell gave the most brilliant, insightful, and glowing endorsement of Barack Obama and laid out the most common sense reasons why EVERY AMERICAN should vote for him, I couldn't help but well up with pride at what courage and passion he displayed. Gen. Colin Powel is a great American hero and probably the most respected moderate Republican in America.


How anyone could continue to listen to the disgusting, vicious smears coming out of the McCain campaign, or even consider voting for John McCain, after hearing and digesting the very clear and crisp endorsement of Barack Obama from such a great and good man is simply beyond me! McCain represents the same failed polices, same old philosophy, same dangerous temperament, same ridiculous lack of intellectual curiosity that George W Bush displayed over the past 8 years. Barack Obama will be a break from all that nonsense. He will usher in a new era of hope, peace, and prosperity. It won't be easy, but he can put us back on the right track. He is, quite literally, our last great hope!


America may be down, but do not count us out. Hope is making a comeback and positive change is blowing our way!


GO OBAMA/BIDEN '08

Posted by: shoemiaw | October 19, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Some Suggestions for Unemployment Line Reading Should Obama/Biden (what's a 3 letter word starting with J? J-O-B-S!)get Elected-

Book Title Author # of Words Language Volumes
1 Marienbad My Love Mark Leach 17 million English
2 The Blah Story Nigel Tomm 11.3 million English 23
3 The Story of the Vivian Girls Henry Darger 9 million English 10
4 Artamene Madeleine and Georges de Scudéry 2.1 million French
5 Knickers Simon Roberts 2 million English
6 À la recherche du temps perdu Marcel Proust 1.5 million French 13
7 Mission Earth L. Ron Hubbard 1.2 million English 10
8 Sironia, Texas Madison Cooper 1.1 million English 2
9 A Dance to the Music of Time Anthony Powell more than 1 million English 12
10 Clarissa Samuel Richardson 969,000 English 9

The Only 3% More Myth-

(also see:
the "He was only a guy in my neighborhood" myth,
the "letting Rezko buy my sideyard was a bonehead move" myth
the "corn ethanol reduces our dependency on foreign oil" myth,
and the "there were already laws on the books-though I have never cited one even though I was head of the Harvard Law Review" myth...)

Over 250K in profit small business owners under Obama's plan pay 3% more in INCOME TAX PLUS 15.65% more on their payroll taxes for a total of 55-60% of personal income (passed through from their corporations)= LAYOFFS!


LLC vs S Corporation:

S Corporation: To qualify, generally, the corporation must have a maximum of 75 shareholders who are individuals. Once a corporation makes the Subchapter S election to be an S-Corporation, profits and losses are passed through the corporation and are reported on the individual tax returns of the respective shareholders of the S-Corporation.


This is the same basic "pass-through" treatment afforded partnerships and LLCs.
An LLC is not a separate tax entity like a corporation; it is what the IRS calls a pass through entity, like a partnership or sole proprietorship. All of the profits and losses of the LLC pass through the business to the LLC owners , who report this information on their personal tax returns. The LLC itself does not pay federal income taxes, but some states do charge the LLC itself a tax.

That's US Tax Law! Profits of S Corp and LLC gets passed through to Obama's 55-60% tax rate! Hey kids, let's go garden in the Tony Rezko Memorial Garden! Daddy's gonna lay off some staff and smell the roses a bit more.

Even Bill Clinton said Raising Payroll Taxes was REGRESSIVE!

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

In tommorrow's news, it's 6:15am, and Colin Powell has bravely endorsed sunrise.

Gee, Colin, are you sure this isn't a bit reckless? Maybe you should have waited till after Nov 4 to be absolutely sure.

You could have endorsed him before January, and still hoped for a job, you coward.

I support Obama ... but Powell can go twiddle his thumbs.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 19, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

So, Powell endorses a 4% increase in the marginal tax rate of those whose taxable income exceeds $250,000? Doesn't he know that is the definition of socialism and makes him anti-American? Powell's just another rube duped by the awesome eloquence of The One, I guess.

Posted by: zukermand | October 19, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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