Theodore's World: Way Overrated Colin Powell When Asked If He Has Regrets About Endorsing Obama

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February 22, 2010

Way Overrated Colin Powell When Asked If He Has Regrets About Endorsing Obama

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Powell on Face the Nation asked if he as regrets voting for Obama.

For more than a year after Barack Obama became president, there was no word from Colin Powell about a man he described as having “great insight into the challenges we’re facing of a military and political and economic nature.” Today, Powell broke his silence. Did he have the courage to admit his mistake, his blunder, his betrayal?

No. Speaking on Face the Nation, Powell said he did not regret endorsing Obama, though the former Republican appointee could not bring himself to say much of anything positive about him. He claimed, absurdly, that the nation is more financially secure since The One took office and that “slowly but surely we are starting to see the kind of improvements the American people wanted and voted for him for.” Lackadaisical leadership, cronyism and corruption, massive unemployment, soaring deficits, weakness overseas – does General Powell really believe that these are the changes the American people wanted?

Let’s compare Powell’s analytical skills now with his purported sagacity during the campaign. Just weeks before the 2008 presidential election, he went on television to attack John McCain and the Republican Party. He then, in his wisdom, endorsed Barack Obama:

“I watched Mr. Obama during this seven-week period. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor. I think that he has a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well.

Mr. Obama has given us a more inclusive, broader reach into the needs and aspirations of our people. He’s crossing lines–ethnic lines, racial lines, generational lines. He’s thinking about all villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values.

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 we 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. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world — onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.

And I have watched him over the last two years as he has educated himself, as he has become very familiar with these issues. He speaks authoritatively. He speaks with great insight into the challenges we’re facing of a military and political and economic nature. And he is surrounding himself, I’m confident, with people who’ll be able to give him the expertise that he, at the moment, does not have. And so I have watched an individual who has intellectual vigor and who dives deeply into issues and approaches issues with a very, very steady hand. And so I’m confident that he will be ready to take on these challenges on January 21st.”

Can you honestly say you are still confident, General Powell? If not, the nation deserves an apology from you. General Powell, Douglas MacArthur’s words from 1962 speak to you today: “the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.”

Schieffer: "That's what you said, now Barack Obama who came to Washington, promised to change things, not much has changed, Congress is in a total mess now, in total gridlock, his critics are having a field day. Any regrets about endorsing Barack Obama?"

Powell: "None whatsoever, I think it was the right choice when the nation voted for him"


Wild Thing's comment.......

Powell needs to get a clue that no country has prospered under Marxism.

The U.S. Veteran Dispatch has information
everyone should know about Powell!. Titled " Colin Powell: Not the Man You Think ".

Anybody with half a military mind knows that Obama's policies are putting us into a dangerous situation. If Powell doesn't know this, he is even dumber than I thought. If Powell has the audacity to show up at any Republican/Conservative events, I hope he is booed off the stage. Let him know what we think of him.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at February 22, 2010 05:48 AM


I think Powell's endorsement of obama was strictly a racial thing. I never heard Powell promote the traits that obama spoke of in his stump speeches. In many cases Powell did a 180 to support obama.

Posted by: TomR at February 22, 2010 11:08 AM

Don't worry Chrissie, I have a very low opinion of the 'General', it comes from opening "bags" at Chu Lai and reaffirming ID tags. Every time I hear Powell mentioned the smell comes back and I think of the command bunker at Americal Division, Powell's Hideout, with his pompous ass safely inside during his witch hunt of Medina and Calley.
How many division troops died in your pursuit of glorification and self aggrandization while you got your ticket punched - General? Sorry Chawley, no ticky from me.

Posted by: Jack at February 22, 2010 12:19 PM

'COLON' is a better name? Or REAR ADMIRAL??

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at February 22, 2010 06:38 PM

Tom, I think so too. Race played the part for so many.

Jack, thank you I sure appreciate that information you shared about that time. I will never forget it. I never knew that stuff about Powell before. I just knew I felt in my gut he was not to be trusted but was not sure why.

Darth, LOL it sure is.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 22, 2010 07:43 PM