Powell Endorses Obama

Commentary by Gary A. Johnson

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell publicly endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president on Sunday, on “Meet The Press.” criticizing his own Republican Party for what he called its narrow focus on irrelevant personal attacks over a serious approach to challenges he called unprecedented.

Is this an important endorsement? You bet it is. Powell’s endorsement makes it OK for other Republicans to vote for Obama. Colin Powell so eloquently laid out the case for not voting for John McCain and once again it boils down to a matter of leadership, judgment, temperament and the perception of America around the world.

Finally, a respected American hero and longtime Republican had the courage to chastise the Republican party their shift to the right and more important, hold John McCain accountable for his poor judgment on selecting Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential nominee and for the divisive tactics that McCain has allowed his campaign and it’s surrogates to use against Obama.

Colin Powell is probably the most well-known and respected veteran in the country. He has never held an elected office and yet I bet his favor-ability rating is over 75%. Powell “broke it down,” he “kitchen tabled” the issues–he put the “smack down” on the Republican party.

Powell, a retired Army General who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and who has served three presidents said about Sarah Palin what a lot of people have been saying for weeks–John McCain’s selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate raised questions about McCain’s judgment.

Sarah Palin is not ready to become President of the United States. I know it, you know it and I think John McCain knows it. “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.”

Click here to watch and listen to Colin Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama on “Meet The Press,” courtesy of our partners at MSNBC Politics.

One Response to “Powell Endorses Obama”

  1. Mr. Bromont Says:

    It is a great day to see and hear this from General Colin Powell. It is great for this man, a highly regarded, respected and recognized gentleman to share and let all of America know his vision, his reasoning and his thinking of what are the important issues and thinking of there being a Barack Obama Presidency. It is indeed a great day to see and hear from General Colin Powell. It will be a great day to wake up Nov. 5, 2008 and Barack Obama is now our new next President of the United States of America.

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