Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell Endorses Sen. Obama—What Went Wrong?

Just when you thought Elections 2008 had reached its pinnacle, given its stream of unprecedented events, there is more, at least one more. Perhaps it’s the final pumpkin in the patch just a few days before Halloween, but I guarantee you that this one is no scary tale.

Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army General, Colin Powell, who served under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005, endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Sunday, Oct. 19). Powell said, “I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that's why I'm supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain.” Powell also expressed his disappointment in the tone of his long time friend, Sen. John McCain’s campaign.

Frankly, when a highly respected Republican chooses to endorse a Democratic presidential candidate just a few days before a presidential election, one has to wonder, what went wrong? The question here is for the Republicans, because whether or not the Democrats thought Powell’s decision was forthcoming they now hold a major trump card they do not need to question.

What does this mean for Sen. Obama? Moreover, what does it mean for Sen. McCain? Get aboard my “straight-talk” express, because the writing is on the wall and not even a prognostic, political pundit can alter it. The war veteran and his “GOP strategy”, Gov. Sarah Palin—who, ironically was featured on the September 15, 2008 cover of Newsweek with a rifle slung across her shoulder—need to hang up their guns. The battle is over! Frankly, it won’t surprise me one bit if President Bush decides to endorse Sen. Obama, since many Republicans have become very disappointed in McCain, primarily in his choice for running mate.

Given the current U.S. economic crisis voters are mainly concerned with stretching their dollars and fixing the broken economy. Therefore, inflation, foreclosure, healthcare and tax reform takes precedence over funding a useless war in Iraq. In round three of the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y (Wednesday, Oct. 15), Sen. McCain vehemently stated that he was not President Bush; however, his support of the war in Iraq makes him and President Bush the same to everyone except Gov. Palin.

The war in Iraq is the oracle of what went wrong for the Republicans. And, their legacy might forever remain a government that initiated a war in Iraq causing our nation to lose many courageous soldiers who fought a battle with a mission that is yet unknown.

Copyright © Denrique Preudhomme

2 comments:

Marc A. Medley said...

Ironically, Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama could be seen for a change as "What Went Right?" His seeing the need for a transformational figure and one who has at least the potential to bring generational change is on point.

Interestingly enough, the pundits keep asking folks to name at least one accomplishment that Senator Obama has had that would qualify him to be President of the United States. The fact that he has gotten this far in a presidential campaign without "a major accomplishment" is an accomplishment in itself, wouldn't you think?

Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired U.S. Army General Colin Powell has always been very astute and has made comments and decisions with sound judgement. Therefore, if he sees something in Senator Obama, it is most likely there. We are talking about a man who most likely would have become the first African American/Caribbean President of the United States himself had he decided to run. He is well liked and respected by democrats, republicans, blacks, whites, military, non-military, and the list goes on.

Mr. Powell knows of what he speaks and an endorsement by him says a lot whether the pundits would like to admit it or not.

While I am a democrat, had Mr. Powell run for president a few years ago, I would have voted republican because he was indeed at that time the best man for the job. I am sure that as a republican he sees Barack Obama as the best man for the job for this time.

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Powell some years ago at William Paterson University and in fact have a photograph with him hanging on my office wall. I served under him while I was a member of the United States Air National Guard and have read his many accounts of his disagreeing with the administration about this war and the crazy games we played with Saddam Hussein and the supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Mr. Powell is an honorable and decent human being. If Barack Obama is good enough for Colin Powell; then he is certainly good enough for me.

Yvonne S. said...

Amen.........and Amen!!!!