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Sunday, October 19, 2008

General Colin Powell Endorses Sen. Obama

In one of the most important symbolic moments of the general election, former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced today that he is endorsing Barack Obama for president.
Making his decision public on NBC News' "Meet the Press," the long-time fixture in Republican administrations effectively reinforced the sense of momentum Obama has been building, declaring the Senator from Illinois as a "transformational figure."
"I think that Senator Obama brings a fresh set of eyes, a fresh set of ideas to the table," said Powell. "I think we need a generational change, and I think Senator Obama has captured the feelings of the young people of America, and is reaching out in a more diverse, inclusive way across our society."
The 71-year-old retired general praised Obama's steadiness during the financial crisis and suggested that John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his veep played a role in the decision.
Limbaugh opined in an email that Colin Powell’s decision to get behind Barack Obama appeared to be very much tied to Obama’s status as the first African-American with a chance to become president.
“Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race,” Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail. “OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I’ll let you know what I come up with.”
It’s tough being a conservative these days.


libhom said...

I really, really wish Obama were "very liberal." Sadly, Limbaugh is lying as usual.

James Manning said...

This is good news and will be talked about for a couple of days.

Patrick M said...

I'd cut and paste the same response to the same reaction here as well, but what's the point? I suspect all you'll do is go on another diatribe about how conservatism is dead or something.

shaw kenawe said...


If Obama wins, he'll surprise everyone. Especially the conservatives.


This was spectacular news. Powell has a huge amount of creds with the Republican Party. They were hoping a while back, that he'd run for president.


When I state something you don't agree with, with conviction and feeling, you call it a "diatribe." If I agreed with you, you'd call me brilliant.

There's no pleasin' a guy whose mind is not ready to open up to the possibility of an Obama presidency--and embrace his inner peeance and freeance.

Patrick M said...

Shaw: I've accepted the fact that The Marxist is likely to become president. Of course, I've braced myself for disappointment no matter who wins, so there you go.

But what I call a diatribe is something that can't reasonably be argued with. I'd elaborate, but then I'd be cutting and pasting too much.

Arthurstone said...

Well, General Timid weighs in at last. Oh well. Better late than never.


Grow up.

A 'Marxist' isn't about to be elected President of the US. Though it's always interesting to read someone still capable of channeling Tail Gunner Joe.

Shaw Kenawe said...


Our friends from "Mike's America" have some sort of obsession with the words "Marxist" and "Socialist."

Mike calls me "Socialist" all the time because he isn't clever enough to come up with anything witty.

Patrick refers to Sen. Obama as the "Marxist" just because he thinks it pisses me off.

I just laugh at the two of them.

They're so adorable when their heads are exploding.

Patrick M said...

Arthur: Are you feeling all left out or something? Do you need a hug?

Shaw: If my head was exploding, you'd know it. But if you missed it, I take it in stride. We'll manage. The country survived Carter, it can survive The Marxist.

Also, the Marxist moniker is as much for me as it is for you. If I don't remind myself daily, it increases the chances he'll get elected.

Myself said...

So General Rectom endorsed Obama.

Perhaps the Good general should advise Obama for the U.S. to pull out of Chicago!

Body count in the last six months:
292 killed (murdered) in Chicago
221 killed in Iraq
Chicago - who runs it?

Senators: Barack Obama and Dick Durbin
Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr.
Illinois Governor: Rod Blogojevich
Illinois House leader: Mike Madigan
Illinois Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)
Chicago Mayor: Richard M. Daley (son of Mayor Richard J. Daley)

Shaw Kenawe said...
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Shaw Kenawe said...

Comparing the number of deaths in a war zone to random violence in an American city is stupid.

But I'm not surprised you don't understand that.

And if you don't understand it, try taking a course in logic.

And calling Gen. Powell "Rectom" is about at the level of a 9-year old.

Actually, I hate that comparison, because the 9-year olds I know are smarter and more sophisticated than you.

You and the people you associate with need to grow up.

Arthurstone said...

patrick wondered:

Arthur: Are you feeling all left out or something? Do you need a hug?

Everyone needs a hug patrick but that isn't it. Having been delisted by a couple of the more lively conservative blogs I thought I'd visit here. In fact reading the witty bon mot from 'myself' (General Rectom) I'm reminded just how amusing 'Real Americans' can be.

Patrick M said...

Arthur, I'd argue with you, but I don't find myself disagreeing with your last comment.

But don't worry. I'll do my best to annoy you later. :)

Arthurstone said...

Patrick wrote:

'But don't worry. I'll do my best to annoy you later. :)'

Better hurry.

Once we Marxists come to power...


Patrick M said...

Better hurry.

Once we Marxists come to power...,

Does this mean you're after the first amendment too?

Shaw Kenawe said...


You're welcome here anytime.


You know you're my favorite pain in the ass.

Arthurstone said...

Patrick wondered (surprisingly):

'Does this mean you're after the first amendment too?'

I thought that would go without saying... Isn't that Marxists do?


I'm not like the cowardly types at Mike's America and Flopping Aces. Big tough men and women ready, willing and eager to grapple Islamofascists, illegal immigrants, assorted terrorists etc., but for some reason reduced to the vapors all too easily when questioned on a blog.

Go figure.