14 comments on “Obama’s Early Christmas…?

  1. Powell has done the right thing by going through the pain-staking process of making a choice that does not coincide with a party he has served loyally for many decades. Used by the Bush administration, he can gain back some of the self-respect he appeared to have lost on the decline with this soon to leave cabal in the White House. I think Powell possesses a wisdom about dealing with the military around the world that would serve the Obama administration well. I hope he becomes one of Obama’s trusted advisors.

    By the way, did you notice how he came to defense of Muslim Americans? Way to go!!!!

  2. I agree Hanan. While I’m grateful for General Powell’s well delivered endorsement as an Obama supporter, I am even more impressed that he would not only expose the right wing smear that Obama is a Muslim but that he would directly challenge the notion that one cannot be both a patriotic American and a Muslim. The story he told of the young American MUSLIM soldier made me cry…and I’m a Christian.

    This campaign has been so dominated by the hate speech from the Christian right that many have lost sight of the fact that (1) Jesus was all about love and that (2) our Constitution guarantees that we have the freedom to subscribe to whatever religion we choose.

  3. Minus the unfortunate war he helped in launching, I think I’d vote for Powell even before I would Obama. He’s such an amazing person. This further proves it.

  4. Finally. Thank you General. This is the biggest service for your country you’ve ever performed and I, for one, am extremely grateful. In these last remaining weeks of campaigning, the McCain/Palin people may take a good look at themselves and the divisiveness they’ve created in this country. They’re trying to play it off as though this endorsement wasn’t important, but the McCain surrogates pale when a member of the “liberal” media brings it up. At last, some real straight talk.

  5. I’m just curious to see what kind of thrashing Gen. Powell is going to get from his (former…?) friends in the GOP.

  6. @ Hanan/Megan: Like you, I agree that Powell made quite a statement when he repudiated the Muslim attacks that have become a staple of the GOP. I remember when people were in an uproar when Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison (a Muslim) was sworn in using Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Koran. (1) The copy he used belonged to one of this nation’s founding fathers and (2) that just so happens to be the book/ideology that Ellison uses to guide his life. Is he any less American?

    Sadly, some people will never get that. But at least Gen. Powell had the courage to say something.

    @ Ellena: I saw W. this weekend. If the movie’s portrayal of Powell had any accuracy to it, the war would have commenced regardless to the opposition Powell may have had. Still, I have to work at forgiving his complicity to the war. Perhaps he’s endorsing an anti-war candidate to make ammends for helping to launch that nonsencial conflict. Maybe he just REALLY believes in Obama. Either way, it was a startling move.

    @ Greg: In these last remaining weeks of campaigning, the McCain/Palin people may take a good look at themselves and the divisiveness they’ve created in this country.

    Not likely. But I get your point.

  7. It’s been funny watching some of the more well known conservatives claiming the Powell’s endorsement was all about race. Can’t make this stuff up!!!

  8. It’s been funny watching some of the more well known conservatives claiming the Powell’s endorsement was all about race.

    I know, right? Funny how Colin Powell never endorsed Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton during their presidential runs.

  9. “It’s been funny watching some of the more well known conservatives claiming the Powell’s endorsement was all about race.”

    LOL! I guess those same neo-cons think Joe Lieberman’s endorsement was racially motivated too, huh?!

  10. Thanks for the photo Megan. This photo says it all. Here is a Muslim brother who died for a country that considers him and people like him bad. Meanwhile, many us sit by idly while people like him get villified. It’s one thing to debunk the myth that Obama is a Muslim. But it’s another thing to defend people who REALLY ARE Muslims. Whatever ill feelings I have/had about Gen. Powell, I at least give him a tip of the hat for having the courage to speak out.

  11. Dre,

    I’ve always liked Colin Powell. I like how he came out and endorsed Obama. He came across as honest and courageous with what he had to say. But I have to question his timing. Why make an endorsement two weeks before the election? This is no worse than when Bill Richardson gave his endorsement AFTER Obama was already the presumptive nominee. I think late endorsements are nothing but politically expedient moves. Why celebrate them?!

  12. Natasha,

    “Better late than never.” Whether he did it two months ago or two minutes ago, I think this was a very courageous move by Powell. He didn’t have to disclose who he would support. He could have simply kept to himself, avoided the sliming that came from the Republicans, and carried his Obama vote directly to the booth. But endorsements are a declaration to the WORLD where you stand. That’s bravery regardless to when it was done.

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