By Henry Decker

Right Wing Fumes As Powell Endorses Obama

October 25, 2012 3:59 pm Category: Memo Pad 304 Comments A+ / A-

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election this morning, crossing party lines — and setting off an ugly reaction from the right wing.

Powell, a retired four-star general who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the George H.W. Bush administration before becoming George W. Bush’s top diplomat, told CBS’s “This Morning” that “I voted for [Obama] in 2008, and I plan to stick with him in 2012. I’ll be voting for he [sic] and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.”

Powell credited President Obama for stabilizing the financial system, ending the war in Iraq, and beginning to end the war in Afghanistan. By contrast, Powell criticized Romney’s economic plans and expressed concern that Romney is a “moving target” on foreign policy.

“The governor who was speaking on Monday night at the debate was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier,” Powell said. “So I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we would be getting in terms of foreign policy.”

“Sometimes I don’t sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have,” Powell added. “And he gets advice from his campaign staff that he then has to adjust and modify as he goes along.”

Predictably, many on the right could not accept that Powell — who maintains that he is still a Republican despite endorsing both of Obama’s presidential runs — could have serious policy reasons for supporting the president. Instead, the fringe came up with the same answer that they embrace to explain almost every Obama-related event: it’s all about race.

A brief scan of right wing message boards and media figures reveals the ugly strain of racism that lurks barely beneath the surface of many hyper-partisan criticisms of the president. Note that no Caucasian is ever labeled as a racist for endorsing a white candidate.

Some mainstream Republicans were also critical of Powell’s endorsement. Arizona Senator John McCain went on Brian Kilmeade’s radio show this morning and slammed Powell’s decision, saying “General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”

This is an especially interesting critique, given that Powell is the man who stood before the United Nations in 2003 and made the disastrously faulty case for an invasion of Iraq. Powell considers the incident to be a “blot” on his record that will always be “painful” to him. If anyone would understand the value of restraint — which McCain and his colleagues in the Republican foreign policy establishment tend to consider “feckless” — it would be a man like Powell, who has seen firsthand what type of damage Romney and his foreign policy team can do.

UPDATE: On Thursday night Romney campaign co-chair John Sununu explained Powell’s endorsement by saying “Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

This is latest in a long string of racially charged statements from Sununu throughout the campaign.

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  • kbcab

    Well , lets see , Powell’s half black and Obama is half black and Powell has always been a big talking conservative that always votes liberal , did you expect any different…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7XIIKC7ZAR55R2M7GDJ3TBEFG4 Jeremy

      Racist

      • kbcab

        Jeremy , No i’m not racist , but I know one when I see one..I just wrote this comment a few minutes ago..Do you not have another life , go out have some fun forget all this crap for a change because I am assuming that you are still young enough to want to do that , and you have ( for now ) enough money to have some fun, because when your hero gets back in there it won’t be long that you will not have any, and I hope , if they are still living , That your parents and G-parents don’t get ill in their old age , ’cause if they do they are screwed…

        • WhutHeSaid

          Lying racist.

          • kbcab

            Jeremy is lookin for something else besides disqus to occupy his time , if you have a few minutes to kill give him a call and you guys ( or girls ) talk a while and see if you both can get your minds on a different track for a little while and give your little brains a break…

          • WhutHeSaid

            Only if you agree to put away your Rush Limbaugh Pez dispenser and give the whoppers a rest.

          • kbcab

            It’s kinda hard putting these good old whoppers away , but OK, you got a deal…

          • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

            so you DO have a sense of humor, cab guy !

          • BikeLA

            Condescending racist.

        • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

          I feel sorry for you, you sound very brain washed. Look up Rachel Maddow @ MSNBC. She might be able to clear your thought.

          • kbcab

            I don’t listen to bulls**t , if you like it , go ahead listen to the least watched news on TV …

          • hellowoman

            You trying to take a dig because Fox News has high ratings? All it proves is that there are a lot of uninformed Republicans out there who just want to listen to that garbage. Study after Study has proved that Fox viewers are uninformed. Take a look at the studies from Farleigh Dickison University and University of Maryland. All they do is ask questions regarding current events, foreign relations…you know where I’m getting. Fox viewers rate lower than people that don’t even watch the news.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

            sad and true and mainstream and scary hellowoman – what happened to walter cronkite ‘s mentorship ?

        • barbarahugh

          WOW what is racist called now??? with Romney lets see how much of anything unless you are one of the 1% what you have !!! How can any person vote for romney ? nothing that is good has a quick fix because quick fixes as the romney way will not last just look at 2000-2007 and the mess that this President have had to clean and fix and still has more s—
          left so the one after him HILARY OF COURSE !!!! Can finish and bring the economy back to the Clinton era!!!

          • kbcab

            Hey Barb go back and proof read your comment and learn how to punctuate and quit showing your non-education and go back in the kitchen an fix the man of the house something to eat , unless you are the man of the house , you just never know the way things are now-a- days…

    • http://www.facebook.com/erdmanwest Erdman West III

      Remember that people like Tom and you have no brains anymore. They only have hate, fear and bigotry to identify themselves. The more serious question is what percentage of Americans are puppets like Tom and kbcab?

      • kbcab

        Erdman , As far as I am concerned , I could give a damn who gets in office , I am concerned with what my kids and grandkids will have to suffer with because of the lying corruptness and stealing a big bunch of our tax dollars that they will have to pay back , that’s why I have no use for your hero , I hate a stinking low-life liar no matter what color they are , what color are you…

        • WhutHeSaid

          No wonder you are so unhappy — you must really dislike yourself after all the whoppers you tell. You should have worried about the kiddies when Bush turned a budget surplus into a whopping deficit and economic collapse.

        • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

          NO FACTS – presumptions.

          • kbcab

            I speak from experience , the facts are obvious , but if you like the liberal way of life , then fine stick with it , me , I’ve got another life and i am leaving to go have some fun , you guys stay right there on disqus and devote your time to a party that lies to it’s members and takes what you have and gives it to sorryass people who won’t try to earn anything for themselves , good night…

          • hellowoman

            This is one of the reasons I feel great about not voting for Romney. The Republicans are attracting people like this. No rhyme or reason to as what they speak of. Spouting of hatrid as if they are about to explode or something. It is not productive and won’t change minds.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

            cab guys sounds like he’s in a whole lot pain today – and that he pretty much hates no one in particular – but everyone in general – i doubt if he’ll come back to disqus anytime soon

          • hootch554

            Dear sir, Have you not seen the headlines about what Mitt is doing to those poor people in Freeport ILL? He owns 51% of the stock in that plant. It recently achieved record production. They’re closing the doors 11/5. 170 people are losing their jobs to China. As a slap in the face the factory is making the employees train their Chinese replacements. Mr Romney could do something about if he wanted to. You talk about lies? Look at the whoppers he has told regarding outsourcing to start with. As far as the liberal label, we are all in good company. Did you not know that God is a liberal? He’s a liberal because people like you wouldn’t have a chance in hello if he wasn’t. If God is a liberal then I consider myself in great company. Bear in mind that there are religions people and Christians. Religious people thump the Bible, follow man made rules and are self righteous and judgmental. Christians follow God’s rules and there is no such thing as a mean judgmental self rightious Christian. Did you know that Jesus Christ was born raised in an area that was located somewhere in the vicinity of Ethiopia? What color do you think he was? Food for thought. I respect all denominations regardless of how they worship their God and I respect those who do not have a God, but I have very little respect for people with your demeanor. My prayers are with you sir.

  • YepThatTell

    Thank you, Mr. Powell!

    • 1guy2

      yep Amen to your, thank you,a lot of that party’s members have a problem with morals.

      • CPANY

        No really. The republicans have no morals.

        • njmw4321

          They have no ‘real’ morals, but they are, for the most part, ‘Bible Thumping Hypocrites’, who want to shove their judgemental, interpretations of black and white or wrong or right opinions on the rest of us. They are desiring a dictatorship!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

            Yes, a dictatorship of corporations.

          • David L. Allison

            they are calling for an American Taliban, Dictated by the Corporations.

          • oldtack

            I like your description “Bible Thumping Hypocrites”. Those words epitomize what WE THE PEOPLE will endure if this group gains power.

            These are the “righteous” ones that cringe and decry a Muslim and Sharia Law but welcomes a Mormon Bishop with open arms and are more than willing to impose “Christian Law” on everyone. I have more respect for the Muslim faith than I have for Mormons and the faith based on Moroni and Nephi.

            At least the Muslims have their own Quran and worship Allah and are openly anti-every other Religion. The Mormons propose to be Christians (Later Day Saints) but actually follow the teachings of “THE BOOK OF MORMON” that Mystical golden tablet revealed to Joseph Smith in 1820 buried near Palmyra, New York. This book allegedly buried there in 371 AD by Moroni. This is a must read for every sane American.

            Read this Book and compare the information with the same data contained in the Christian Bible. Mormons are about as much Christian as the late Ms Ohare.

            I am not prejudiced against either Muslims or Mormons. My dear friend and neighbor is a Mormon and my friends in DC are Muslim. I socialize with both -BUT – I don’t want either to parade their beliefs to me. I have my own Faith in a Divine Creator. To each his own.

            Let us just keep working toward election day and believe in the right of our cause for the world.

          • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

            actually, there are a number of mormons (ex) , that don’t consider the mormons to be a christian sect – in fact a number of mormons have come out of the closet with their own stories of supression, one of which describes a young man being ex-communicated from the mormon church, because this young man got up in front of his congregation and asked them to read the new testament if they wanted to get to authentic “truth” i am with you in that i too have friends that are mormon, and friends who are muslim – christian friends, and worldly secular friends – i personally, follow the best one page advice ever given to the world – desiderata – but sometimes find it hard to believe that the world is unfolding as it should – still- i keep the faith in the greater power of good, and i’m proud of colin powell for stepping up today !

          • jarheadgene

            Very well spoken. I often get accused of being “judgemental” for having strong Christian beliefs. But I always say, “This country is founded on FREEDOM of religion and FREEDOM of speech, and I defended BOTH for 4 years” As a civilian I honor and utilize both. I cannot understand how the GOP “Christians” can take such hard stances in terms of abortion and other issues and want to legislate morality; and yet, they are ready to accept a mormon so readily. I think their party line and money and race and politics come before their god. What a shame. 3 Cheers for Mr. Powell a man respected by ALL for rising above the Partisan crap!!!!!

        • northroader1775

          Actually ther are a lot of good men who are still republicans and who are buried under the tea baggers endless idiocy. I feel bad for them too. They need to get out and form a progressive centerist party which is what Obama really is he is way closer to progressive republican then he is to left wing lib…but he sure gets labeled lib when compared to the tea bagging morons in the rape posse or the earth is 9000 years old cause the bible says so fools.

      • kdisg

        WHAT MORALS? just look how they blocked anything that could have helped us over the last 4 years all because they hated that man as they called him in the white house.

        • Karen Roberts

          What they want in the white house is a president that bends and bows to them on his knees asking permission to do anything, including helping the american people. Obama does not do that, he is not a puppet for the rich. The rich don’t like that so they are spiteful, complaining that he helps the middle class and only throw’s crumbs at him. And how dare he make hay about them paying their fair share.
          I think the rich are devils and demons and do not love the country that helped them get rich. The republicans have spoiled them and it is time that stopped. Obama did something else that the rich hate, he borrowed from China rather then give into the higher interest rate of the wealthy. Now the rich are coughing up blood and hating him. I am not rich and I am voting for Obama 2012.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stuart.saunders.184 Stuart Saunders

        “a lot of that party’s members have a problem with morals.”

        Or is it that they have no problem with morals?

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      Colin Powell Is No Fool He Endorse Obama In 2008 Also!! Mr Powell Knows His Party Has Gone Off The Deep End That’s Why Colin Powell Got The Hell Out Of The Bush Administration He Saw What Was Coming!!

      • Sandra

        I say good for him. Whatever his faults and there are many from his years of service, he has demonstrated that he’s not willing to put party over Country. He voted for Obama in 2008 because McCain chose Palin and 2012 he’s supporting and voting for PO because he doesn’t know what Romney stands for so he’s going with the safer bet having seen what PO has done in the past 3.9 years. That’s patriotism despite what the R’thugs may say.

        • http://www.facebook.com/stuart.saunders.184 Stuart Saunders

          “because he doesn’t know what Romney stands for”

          Even Romney doesn’t know what he stood for any day till he sees the meeting notes at the end of the day. Check out the ‘Pro Choice’ romney videos.

          Good on you Colin for thinking it through – that current repub philosophy is money money money, dems know that people are people too.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/DQHBR7L4IKURJC27OYK3EUBG54 Greg

            THANK YOU TO RETIRED FOUR STAR GENERAL COLIN POWELL FOR ENDORSING PRESIDENT OBAMA. COLIN KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5WHYOAN24K4BWJ55OEJEVMEDM Ernest

        It’s totally clear and well said

    • ELHP8

      Republicans for Romney have “Mitt for brains!”

  • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

    The smart ones will prevail. Gotta love it.

    • foolsdance

      I hope so Mary! I was beginning to lose hope – just watching the message boards is scary, all of those people who just have no clue… buying everything that faux news and rush tell them. filled with conspiracy theories and obviously false outrage over things like Benghazi (what? where’s the outrage over thousands of lives lost here on our own soil?). scary to think that there are that many gullible people out there – who might have the power to make mitt the president.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

        You’re beng nice, foolsdance. This is not about gullibility; okay, maybe for some. This is much larger and a whole lot sadder. You know what this is about.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Pure And Simple RACISM!!!

      • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

        The republican have nothing, that why they try to make things out of nothing.

      • TZToronto

        Thousands lost on our own soil? That was different. It was a white guy in charge. Obviously nothing could have been done to stop the 9/11 attacks because Dubya had everything under control, didn’t he? But Benghazi? Obama should have known, apparently. When Benghazi was being attacked, does anyone think President Obama was reading My Pet Goat?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

          Obviously you did not hear the Bush cronies tell us that the United States was not attacked during Bush’s tenure. He Kept Us Safe! LMAO!

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            That Was Funny I Fell On The Floor When Jeb Made That Statement!!! Kept Us Safe My Ass!! Bush Open The Door To The Middle East Terrorists After All He Was Friends With Bin Laden For Years!!!

          • TZToronto

            Oh yeah. I forgot about those 3000+ people who didn’t die on September 11, 2001.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJJXGFAPJUAZTLDMK4AWJYGARA Bikerfan

        What I find really scary is a poll that shows that in my home state of Ohio, only 2 of every 5 Republicans believe that Obama is a U.S. Citizen. I wonder if this would be the case if he was more white than black. I think we all know the answer.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

          i can’t believe the g o p is still kicking that dead horse – i don’t know how our president has the heart to go on sometimes – luckily, he’s loyal, even in the face of disloyalty – i think that’s a good test of character

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Yet Our POTUS Is A Head In The Polls There Also!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJJXGFAPJUAZTLDMK4AWJYGARA Bikerfan

        What I find scary is a new poll in my home state of Ohio. According to the poll only 2 of every 5 Republicans in Ohio believe that Obama is a U.S. Citizen. If Romney was more white than black I wonder if this would still be a problem. I think we all know the answer to this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cookie.pacheco Cookie Pacheco

    Mr. Powell is already being attacked.

    • http://www.facebook.com/erdmanwest Erdman West III

      Remember that people like Tom have no brains anymore. They only have hate, fear and bigotry to identify themselves. The more serious question is what percentage of Americans are puppets like Tom?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      Um … Did you expect him not to be attacked? Are you from the USA?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000245684819 Peggy Holley

        GeneralPowell is a true american and a true American Soldier Thank you General Powell

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVKV3JLHUL5OETR5XJQ4XRGUY4 Tom

    Dumb afirmative action jerk off from the bronx.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      LOL! Deal with it, bigot! Deal with it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BVKV3JLHUL5OETR5XJQ4XRGUY4 Tom

    Your a blacky for sure.

    • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

      Who are you talking about? Are you peeking though my window?

    • barbarahugh

      That is said so but so ugly may GOD ALMIGHTY FORGIVE for saying such a racist comment !!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      See what I mean? You are the epitomy of the GOP hate mongers. I pity you for the disease you suffer from. Bet you’re a “Christian” too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

        uh oh – don’t put down the followers of the great healer, if you don’t mind, just because a zealot is a christian, doesn’t mean a christian is a zealot, ok?

    • WhutHeSaid

      Listen – Obama will be your leader for 4 more years, so you’d just better behave yourself, boy.

      Oh yes, … and he’ll be BLACK THE WHOLE TIME!!

      (hee-hee!)

      Have a nice day!

      • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

        funny..

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      disgusting – you know i never get over it – everyone here in america came from elsewhere – originally – and i know you won’t like hearing this, but in the very way way back when, we came from africa, but don’t take my word for it – check the smithsonian – that’s: s m i t h s o n i a n institute for reference

  • Michael George

    Ha ha. Poor Republicans. If you want babbling idiots, go see the Republicans. If you want intelligent language such as this, you’ll need to stay to the left.

  • Divertissement

    Powell is to be applauded. He has the courage of his convictions to cross the party line.
    And, agree with him or not, he gives chapter and verse about the reasons why.

    Good on him.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6RO7HFWLQPFS4CSJLRNNSOFO74 Hugh

      Yea and I do applaud him. But isnt that what EVERY American should do, educate themselves, look at that canidates, records,Associations and associates, who they support and their character. This “I am going to vote for the devil because he is Republican, or the savior because he is Democrate” is not the way it is suppose to be.

  • ChristoD

    This made my day. Mc Cain continues to prove that we picked the right MAN for President in 2008. What is WRONG with the guy who after he lost called the President HIS President ? He has been counterproductive ever since he made such a ‘feckless’ comment. ;-)

    • oldtack

      John McCain is now what he has always been and will ever remain – a pretender. According to a fellow Cadet – McCain would never have made it through Pensacola if it weren’t for the fact that he was the son of an influential Admiral and he would never got himself into the position that resulted in his being shot down if he had learned one thing in Combat training. This person was also a Navy Pilot in Vietnam and saw a lot of combat.

      How many of our Airmen Pilots were imprisoned at Hanoi Hilton? How many suffered the same privations as McCain? There were many. They came home and resumed life with the goal of supressing this bad time in their lives.

      But, not John. He has worn his imprisonment on his shoulder like a badge to impress to the world how inhumanely he was treated and how he was a “Hero’.
      And for what? For Sympathy and Political gain. He’s milked this “cow” for all it’s worth.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7XIIKC7ZAR55R2M7GDJ3TBEFG4 Jeremy

    General Powell is an HONEST MAN. The rest of the GOP are all low life scum that have no decent and moral values at all!

    • Stan Sylvester

      I also like the things that John Huntsman says and stands for. He was by far the best candidate that the GOP has had for a very… very long time, but unfortunately he is way to smart to actually be nominated by the Fox news followers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erdmanwest Erdman West III

    I liked him before and even more now. An independent thinker and voice of reason.

  • Kswansong

    Finally, the voice of reason. Thank you Mr. Powell!!

  • AdamMos

    I also enjoyed Colin on the Hannity show a few months ago. He lambasted Hannity for saying that Obama was apologizing to our enemies. Hannity looked like a little kid who just lost his puppy.

  • FLeFlore

    These same Republicans who are so angry at Colin Powell have said nothing about the Republican’s voter suppression efforts (clearly un-American to deny the vote to citizens); the attacks against women on many levels and the insults toward middle class and poor people by suggesting they are lazy and only want government handouts.

    I admire Powell even more — he seems to clearly understand what Obama has been up against with the obstructionists in the Republican party, and will not allow the party to compromise his principles.

  • latebloomingrandma

    A former 4 star general and Sec. of State, never bombastic or dramatic. Always the voice of reason, in the manner of that other Republican, Ike. No wonder the right is p*ssed off. The right, ala Fox News, acts like I remember junior high. I am waiting for someone to say —na, na, na,na na. You know the tune.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      And As A 4 Star General Colin Powell Agrees With The Way Obama Is Commanding Our Armed Forces!!!

  • trpt

    Powell was one of the most intelligent person’s on W’s team, and certainly the most sensible. I have always admired him as a “Statesman” and a man of principle, and am so glad to hear of his public endorsement of Obama, How could he not support the president? He, like Obama, has an analytical mind, and is nobody’s lackey. He would also make a damn fine president.

    • CAThinker

      I agree with you on Powell making a fine President – I think he would govern in a manner very similar to Obama; thoughtfully and considerately… if the Republican party can purge the Talipublican Tea Baggers (I like that term much more than Tea Partiers)…. there might be a resurgence in the Republican party. In fact I tend to agree with some that have suggested that losing this election may be the best thing the Republican party could do – marginalize the Tea Bagger extreme nut jobs, purge them from the party, and get the Republicans back to the grown up world of negotiation and compromise…

      I am as the General is – I am a registered Republican… I would like to see more fiscal responsibility in the Federal government, but I also want to see the government out of social issues… Unfortunately right now, for Republicans, it’s the Democrats that check off most of the boxes I consider important, so I vote with the Dems. But even if I were staunchly Republican, I would never vote for NitMitt, or any of the other clowns that ran for that party in this cycle…

      • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

        i call them the harper valley pta

      • ryueire

        A breath of fresh air. I was a republican once long ago, so I can identify with your sentiments. If Powell who still is a Republican, can inspire more of the sane responsible voices to come forward to represent the GOP, all Americans would benefit because there would be honest, intelligent discourse, and both parties would have to honor basic principles of ethics and respect for the truth.
        I am not beholden to a party, but in my opinion, Obama has been a reserved, deliberate, and calmly calculating President, professorial and compassionate. He has his faults, and he acknowledges that he is not perfect. He promises only to do his best for all Americans. Unfortunately, too many close-minded people are suspicious of his multicultural upbringing. It is part of what has made him so unique. He has experienced the Muslim world, so can see the similarities as to with respect to all cultures have rights as human beings; and yet he has been hawkish in his use of military assets to pursue and kill those responsible for 9/11.
        The current GOP is too beholden to the corporations, health and energy and extremist right who fear his policies becoming successful because it affects their bottom line, or because he is too “different” from what they would like as their president.

      • jcbsdriver

        I am also a registered republican. Like you, I can not vote for Romney. First because he has been changing his position on so many issues I don’t have a true sense of where he really stands, what he will support and how he thinks his plans will actually work. Just saying something does not make it reality. Second, to put the republican party in office as the majority party with the TParty and the right wing extremists having too much sway over legislation, is not the best thing for the country. I can not support the current republicans in Congress after the obstruction of the last few years. When elected officials cease to act in the best interests of their constituents and instead act for political reasons and the demand of Grover Norquist they do not deserve any further support from the electorate.

    • Del WS

      A lot of people had hoped in the past that Colin Powell would run for President and that included a lot of Republicans. He didn’t want to put his family through it. Can’t blame him for that.
      I was delighted when he endorsed our President the first time and I’m doubly delighted that he’s done it again.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

      Heck of a lot smarter than “Dr.Rice”.

  • guest

    YES!!!!!

  • chipper69

    Once again, Mc Cain sounds like he in on the verge of Alzheimers … or is that Romnesha? I trust Powell , as he admits where making statements and going along with the Bush Administration’s War in Iraq, and the errors he admits after thinking it through… has given serious thought to foreign policy and understands who is strong and communicates and who is weak and just doesn’t understand the perplexities of the World.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      McCain Is Kissing Koch Brothers And Karl Rove Asses Also That’s Why He Voted Against Giving The American Vets More Help That They Need!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

        well, he didn’t need it. Been living off the taxpayers since the day he was born, and just for insurance he married a millionairess.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

          that’s mean ed, let’s not turn into a bunch of gop haters ! or else we’ve become that which we abhor !

          • awklause

            Too late! I hate that SOB.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            I Don’t Hate No One I Just Don’t Want Them In Office And In Power Over No One And No Laws Cause They Have Lost Their Ever Loving Minds!!!

  • barbarahugh

    THANK YOU !!!! THANK YOU GENERAL POWELL !!!

    • Sandra

      I hope this announcement and his reasoning behind supporting and voting for PO, will give some moderate, intelligent Republicans pause and they will rethink the reason they are voting R & R. Hopefully they will take the time before November 6th. to check the web sites of both candidates and determine who better reflect their beliefs, goals and concerns this election cycle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clarence.swinney Clarence Swinney

    OBAMA ON TARGET
    He campaigns on who can create jobs since the Republicans have no plan.
    His message that the wealthy and corporations need to pay their FAIR share of Total Income
    and the dire need for jobs is getting attention.

    He is correct to run on the economy since he was left a skeleton.
    Create jobs, protect entitlements, build the middle class, make wealth give in on more contribution.

    He must stress over and over how the opposition fought every good thing he tried to achieve no matter how much it hurt the people. Paint them as villains. Ask the people to help him get America back on a track of jobs and more equality.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      clarence, probably hardly anyone remembers at this point, but back in the fifties, if you were in an upper income category – your taxes would be in the range of sixty percent of your yearly income or higher !

  • kbcab

    I have come to the conclusion that 90% of disqus readers are liberal left wing supporters…

    • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

      Call it liberal, call it left wing. We are safe under President Obama’s watch, he is a leader, not a flip flopper. He cares about humans more then his bank account. And most of all he understand WOMEN.

      • kbcab

        You’re right , he doesn’t care about his bank account ’cause he’s got a lot of our money in it , what he cares about is your bank account and how much of that he can steal with one of his executive orders…

        • WhutHeSaid

          I take it by your ridiculous rhetoric that you are another selfish deadbeat who snorted up public benefits all his life, but is too cheap and irresponsible to pay his share of the LOWEST TAXES IN 60 YEARS.

          • kbcab

            Yeah , that’s exactly what I meant , now go do your homework and drink your milk and eat your greens and get to bed early because tommorrow is a school day …

          • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

            So you’re a cab driver from where?

          • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

            cab guy, seek professional help

          • kbcab

            …oh yeah , one more thing the taxes are low because they keep renewing the republican tax cuts that were in effect when your hero took office…

          • Del WS

            Wrong. You’d better do some research.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

          you are in your own little world – cabguy – snap out of it

    • CAThinker

      Gee… what was the clue? It took you that long?

    • CPANY

      Ninety percent, huh? Just where did you get that number? If you have the statistical calculations to support your conclusion of ninety percent, I think that you should share them with us.

      I dislike it when people spout ill defined statistics to make their half baked opinions more acceptable. I forget the author’s name, but the book is titled “Statistics, Damned Statistics and Lies,” or something close to that. I’m ninety percent sure that’s the title, with a standard deviation of plus or minus three.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      that’s annoying kbcab, just take a larger look at the picture, it won’t hurt you, you know! one shouldn’t nurture prejudiced opinion, hello !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

    What did the right wing expect? I mean they have proven themselves to be racist pigs, mysogonists, anti-everything! What did they expect? They demonized and continue to villify the nation’s first black president 24/7 for almost four years! Do they think Gen. Powell is somehow stupid or have Romnesia like a lot of their constiuents? The GOP made this about hate and intolerance. If they’re ticked off now, wait until election night. What’s even more hysterical is they think they are going to win the election!

  • 1guy2

    Powell was torn between honesty,and loyalty to George Bush,when he read that speech. He chose loyalty to the President. A mistake,that he readily admits will haunt him for the rest of his life…….A great man

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

      JUST THE FACT THAT HE ADMITS HE MADE A MISTAKE SETS HIM APART FROM THE GOP!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7DMSRNERXUOF4WQ2SYF7K27K5E Connie

    Any time someone disagrees with the Romney ticket, they are accused of pulling the raciest card. Give me a break! I am white and voted for Obama. If Powell had run for president I would have voted for him. Not because these gentlemen are of color but because they are of brains morals and integrity! Thank you Mr. Powell for your honesty.

  • lkreu

    I was nervous about who he was going to support. This made me as happy as it did in 2004. I have a lot of respect for this man. I know that Cheney/Bush basically put a gun to his head and made him lie about the WMD’s I do believe that is why he resigned.

    • DukeDacat

      Gen Powell resigned because that THUG Chenny convinced that gimp Georgie boy that Powell was playing in the Thug’s sand box.

      • lkreu

        That’s what I thought but wasn’t sure. Then we got the wonderful Rumsfeld after that, correct?

    • Sandra

      I’m thinking he was waiting for the FP debate to see how Romey did, what his plans are for the ME for example which is the most important area right now and needs to be concentrated on. Romney agreeing to every position/plan PO has taken so far and executed plus his remark re. Iran depending on Syria for access to sea routes must have left General Powell stuttering and sputtering in disbelief at his ignorance.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FKE34MTAKMIP35OVHPRGSGWAGQ Robert

    The Republicans picked Pallin over Romney , he couldn’t even get a VP spot over her, and now they want you to believe they are voting for him because he will be good for the country, give me a break!!, they could care less about the country all they are trippin on is RACE , it’s just that simple!!!

  • Kansan

    Powell should have known better, about Iraq. I live 15 miles from the nearest store, but despite that isolation, I knew at least half of what he told the UN Security Council was lies and figured the other half was as well. He should be ashamed. If I knew it, he sure as hell knew it.

    He should also be ashamed that Bush paid him off by making Colin’s son Michael the head of the FCC.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MM3W3Z6AHQ2H6O4DXAEOVIE62Q K N

    Blood is thicker than water.

  • CPANY

    No doubt about it: the Republicans are a group of limited vision boobs out to kiss Israel’s ass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Levy/1091577549 Barry Levy

    So Powell has no problem with the lies and deception in Benghazi and the uprisings that were occurring, and the lack of a foreign plan, save give money to known terrorist organizations and meet with them in the White House.

    Go figure

    • CPANY

      Mr. Levy:

      I think that you are more concerned with the terrorists than you are with helping America get out from under this crushing economic debacle that the Republicans got us into.

      Let’s get completely out of the Middle East. Being there gets us nothing. It’s costing a fortune and now a cabal of Republican neocons and pro-Israel Americans want us to start a war with Iran. Sorry, but I think that we’ve had enough unprofitable and immoral wars entered into on our “allies” behalf.

      To hell with Netanyahu and his self inflicted problems. They’re not our problems and we’re not obligated to help him solve them, even though we’ve continually given him the best advice: stop the settlements. He won’t do it, so anything that comes out of that misadventure is on his head.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      perhaps he’s trying to keep it simple – i try

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WIY3X32EAUFDDZ5USX4PIMI7Q richard

    I don’t profess to be a political analyst or anything of the sort, I am black and I am voting for Obama, not because he is black, but becuase Romney does not convince me that he would govern fairly. Besides, he changes his arguments each time he blinks his eyes, thats dangerous, clearly he would like two set of rules: one for the folks in his bubble and another set of rules one for the folks outside of his bubble, but the only probelm with that arrangement is, thats not what America is all about. Romney, my advice to you, go back to the drawing board, do some more research about what exactly it means to be POTUS and maybe, just maybe, you might be ready for 2016. Ann Coultar calls the president a retard, but she wouldn’t know a retard even if one was perched on her fast-growing Adams apple. I i wish they would all disappear into oblivion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      tee hee – i love it

    • Cairndance

      I almost missed Ann Coulter’s calling the President a “Retard” because I’m always fixated on that Adams Apple!
      One of my 13 year old students mentioned today that when she watch Monday’s debate, that Romney frightened her! She thought his “smirk” was scarey! As the President said in Rollingstone Magazine “kids know a BullSh..er when they see one”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eli.barrett.56 Eli Barrett

    A Republican to admire, he is truly a dying breed.

  • Jack Wormer

    McCain is increasingly losing touch with reality, HIS and OURS!
    No sadder sight than an old soldier not “fading away” but unlike our country’s true miltary heroes
    grabbing at every opportunity to try and prove his relevance….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KKAIVPPLJWJCLTX77Z3BLUJMNY Schoolboy

    Republicans tend to eat their own unless you toe the party line…My party do or die, my party right or wrong

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      ahh, so that’s the problem, eh ? zealous to the end (literally)

  • hellowoman

    Mr. Powell is correct. The Republican party has been replaced by ultra conservative neocons. The moderate Republican is a dying breed. This Congress hasn’t taken any responsibility because of the gridlock. Why is there gridlock? The Republicans that made an oath to try and make Obama fail. They knew people would go after the President and not them. Just like Mr. Powell, the party has left me. I am also voting for President Obama for the same reasons he states. He is a well respected man, and I know the right so well….they will attack his character over and over.

  • old_blu

    I have always liked Colin Powell, I always thought he is a very smart guy, and now I’m sure of it.

    Obama/Biden 2012

  • Paul Edward

    Colin Powell is a great patriot and someone I have always admired! He needs to thoughtfully reexamine his allegiance to the GOP and then come to the rightful conclusion, like I did, that there is no room any longer for “Rockefeller Republicans” in today’s GOP!!! I feel so comfortable being an enthusiastic liberal Democrat! Colin Powell is a highly intelligent American who know s like millions of other Americans, that Obama deserves to be reelected. General Powell has every right to still be upset with Bush/Cheney for deceiving him about Iraq and making that speech before the UN! McCain has no credibity when it comes to national security any longer! Left to him, we would still be fighting and dying in Iraq and remain in Afghanistan for decades!!!! He criticizes Obama’s record on foreign policy, but what is there to criticize? We have rebuilt our alliances around the world, gotten out of Iraq, killed Bin Laden, and decimated AL Quida!!! We are spending as much on national defense as we did when Bush the Moron was President! And he has accomplished this and restoring our economy without any Republican support!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      amen, paul edward

    • Sandra

      John McCain ought to stfu. I still remember during his campaign when he realised he was going to loose to candidate Obama, claiming over and over again that he knew where Bin Laden, problem was GW was still POTUS, and didn’t share that information with Bush. He came across as truly a little man with litte self respect left. Imagine choose the Twitta from Wasilla thinking she could attract Hillary Clinton’s women supporters. Though I wasn’t crazy about HRC and made that clear during 2007/8 campaign I was offended by his and his campaign staff to even think Palin was on par with HRC in intelligence, sophistication and knowledge of world affairs. The woman didn’t even know Africa was a Continent, not a Country much like Romney not knowing Iran has access to two seaways.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.duffy.359 Jack Duffy

    A friend of a friend told me that republican operatives conceived and instigated the attack on the Libyan consulate. Can’t vouch for the info but it does have an air of plausibility. In retrpospect one has to think of the republican complicity in the Iranian hostage rescue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      good grief ! that is a possibility that i hope gets busted wide open if true, though it would make it unfathomably harder for the families, those who are grieving to find that this is true

  • Hungry_Cowboy

    Most of all I find Senator John McCain’s comment about General Powell ludicrous.

    Here is someone praised as a war hero because he was shot down over Hanoi. Give me a General Patton or Eisenhower anytime.

    John McCain hasn’t a clue about foreign policy. He’s the pne who wanted us to create a
    no-fly-zone over Syria and to bomb Terran.

  • dmikee

    Truth tellers will always be persecuted. Colin Powell was led astray on Iraq and then left to slowly twist in the wind. With republican friends, he needs no enemies.

  • Lovefacts

    Understand, I’m an Obama supporter and worker bee on the ground. But, I’ll give McCain credit. As in his campaign for president, McCain has shown strength of character. He’s pulled all his support from Mourdock and demanded any ads inwhich McCain gives his suppot to be pulled.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      i agree that mccain is a good american at heart, i really do, but he’s really “off” on some critical issues – sarah palin ? need more be said ?

      • CAThinker

        Well – it’s hard to denigrate McCain’s character and his behavior as a POW. By all accounts he was a hero… and I believe that… but the strength of his character does not necessarily make him a saint, as many of the Talipublicans would want you to believe. Neither is he all seeing or all wise (example: Palin). And not every nugget that falls out of his mouth is gold. With statements such as this, it’s McCain’s legacy that is at risk – hopefully he realizes that before he spends all of the “credibility” capital he still has…

        • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

          agreed i wonder if the talipublicans fervor is some weird contagious rage that proliferates itself in collective unconscious – which is happening within islamic jihad – and that happened within nazi germany – is that why you call them talipublicans ? i find it truly unfathomable and yet – i’m seeing “it” right before my eyes as they say

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

    good for colin powell, he has always been a very dedicated and non self serving individual with character shame on mccain for trashing him what happened to everyone’s free right to vote – even though i am a dem, doesn’t mean i won’t vote for a good republican if a good republican shows up and whose business besides my own is it ? mr powell has a brain, okay – get over it !

  • notafoxfan

    thank you collin powell for bringing a voice of reason into this campaign..i am sure the republicans such as senator mccain, will criticize you for recognizing a mistake made in 2003 and owning up to it as you have..far be it from any of them to say they have voted on certain legislations in error or have msspoken on any issue..

  • RetiredCivilServant

    Mahalo (thank you) Mr. Powell, Man of progressive Wisdom. Acquired Knowledge must have love in order for it to turn to culture; knowledge based on Love of country and its people, to benefit and nurture, a more perfect Union–a universal Truth!
    Motivating its people to do the right thing!

    Thanks again for marching FORWARD with courage and deep conviction for a more perfect Union. God bless America!

  • Americkan

    I have always respected Colin Powell and even more so now…takes a lot of courage to man up and and cross party lines.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORMD5SX2NV7N7TXQJIOXQEU5RQ Dianrib

    Ugly GOP right wing reaction ? Oh my what a shock NOT This is nmot news Its what the GOP does best lies- ugly smears- hate- racist comments like Palens most recent smear that Obama ‘ Shucks and Jives ‘ They have NO shame NO class NO honor NO core values .

    • http://twitter.com/jmprint Mary Martinez

      You forgot NO CLUE!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MM3W3Z6AHQ2H6O4DXAEOVIE62Q K N

    blood is thicker than water

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    good for him . im a white guy and i cant fig. out these black guys that vote against Obama . steele ron cristie and a few other blows my mind how thy can go against there own race like thy do . you finaly get a black man in the house and ur stabing him in the back makes me think if you clowns were on the platation anmd a black exscaped you all would be the first ones to rat him out to the master to beable to go to the masters house and get an extra slice of breadf . but at the end of the day you,d still be sleeping ion the barn with the rest . you should be ashamed of you selfs that brity bush black buddy ron chjristie seems as if he wants to be white . well ron being white isnt all its cut out to be. and theres enough white guy that hate black ppl. we dont need black ppl. hateing black ppl. too . then if you was abl;e to change to white id be the first one to empty a 9 mm ion ur head for your a trader and you fool once you dont get a 2nd chance . all the black mans been through with this country and one makes it to the top of the world and you are the way you are thats sad . dont you ppl. feel that the white man has ran this country long enough ? even me being white i have more pride in the Pres. then you all do so sad you should be ashamed of ur selfs and the black race and ur kids should be ashamed of you too

  • blueclouds123

    Thank you Mr. Powell for endorsing President Obama. It is good to read that someone in the repub party has a brain and is not follower of people who seem to have gone insane. Thanks again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RTCastleberry R.T. Castleberry

    McCain is still bitter about his loss against Obama in 2008 and the notoriously bad-tempered senator never misses an opportunity to slam the man who defeated him. He’s a weasel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORMD5SX2NV7N7TXQJIOXQEU5RQ Dianrib

    Lots more former GOP voters like myself Must come forward So the GOP knows how far off track they have gone and how they show NO concern or respect for middle class families. seniors living on SS , and Vets who pay NO fed Tax but pay loads of other taxes
    The lack of respect GOP has shown to women is alarming and extreme
    God ‘ intends ‘ pregnancy from a rape ‘ ? Thats INSANE

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      with you on that insanity charge, d – ckb

    • Sandra

      Google & join ‘Republicans for Obama.’ Good site that gives reasons for choosing Obama.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    the fringe came up with the same answer that they embrace to explain almost every Obama-related event: it’s all about race./// whats the problem GOP ding dongs you still got steele and rn christie for ur house boys that want to be white hey GOP you cant win them all as it is you get too many breaks as it is and every break you get is a down fall for the country and its ppl

  • Joe Narusiewicz

    Mitt Romney ought to lead one of his Chinese sweat shops he started by laying off American workers for greed. I can’t believe the rightwing Taliban picked such a incompetent candidate. Thanks Colin Powell for exposing how much of a boob Romney is.

  • AnnMarieCad

    Colin Powell is a wonderful man. He has seen so much that we probably will never in our life time and comprehend. Thank you for your insight. You are a true American.

  • ELHP8

    Republicans that support Romney have “mitt for brains!”
    Ditto, thank you Mr. Powell

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MUNWZ6RPLRQD24JO2YF6E3YIRY Proud to be a Moonbat

    Go get ‘em Top Gun!

  • nobsartist

    After November 6th, the republiCONs will cease to exist.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    Some mainstream Republicans were also critical of Powell’s endorsement. Arizona Senator John McCain went on Brian Kilmeade’s radio show this morning and slammed Powell’s decision, saying “General Powell, you disappoint us and you have harmed your legacy even further by defending what is clearly the most feckless foreign policy in my lifetime.”/// and johny boy i still think when you was a pow that you was one that ratted of ur fello men when thy did something top get in good with the bad guys . when you talk ive always thought theres an iner evil in you . who knows you might of even been the bad guys specal POW-B-BOY taking care of the bad guys with ur bend for those new freinds then a lick wash clean after

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MUNWZ6RPLRQD24JO2YF6E3YIRY Proud to be a Moonbat

    For those who don’t know, they called him Top Gun during the first Iraq war…………….You know……….the LEGAL one.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3LC2EKPRZIY5ZT6ZDRG5GSVMY Gilbert Cuellar

    Good Show. Romney seems to be in leftfield, looking for his coaches to give him advice
    as to how to run and when. Run for home sir.

  • lighthousejustice

    General Powell was one of the few bright spots of the latter day (hmmmmm) Bush’s administration. After towing the company line (as a good soldier should) in 2003 he took a long hard look at what was coming down – - including the many hidden agendas – - and made distance between him and that band. As a republican raised progressive, I see the General as a real republican and patriot. So many of the new G OLD P fall way to the right of what I thought representatives of that party stood for. Rigt now, of course, the only thing they stand for is getting in to office with no actual agenda except to immediately evicerate the progress that President Obama has made over these past three and a half trying years.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      i liked your pun there, lighthouse ! while we are thanking colin, you’ve remembered to give credit to the pres – and he deserves it – he’s worked really hard, he’s really respectful, even to those who give him grief – i mean, hats off to the cool head, ya know !!!!!

  • bcarreiro

    bush had his policy to go in iraq from the start and mccain no ill will, but if we had to go by a republican policy again, we all would be prisoners of congress. powell thank be to god.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    you have harmed your legacy /// dont lission to that POW-B-BOY mccain you made ur legacy all the more stronger by doing the right thing and what would of hurt ur legacy would been if you sided with the GOP ding dongs . mccain is just mad he picked that hoe for his VP pick and she just used him to the fullest and made him look like a fool . she pretty much use mccain as much as the black guy used her back in the day and thje black guy did the same thing to her as she did to you uised you got what she wanted then dunped your sorry butt. hmmmm shara the same thing that black guy did to you back in the day used ur nasty sorry hole and dumped you back in the gutter where you belong . has tod asked you why you al;ways want the light out when ur haveing sex . well im sure you cant tell him the darker he is the better you get off

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XQSHZLFJ7W4RZVA7KN5TORLMGI Dredycal

    Finally! Someone with a brain making wise statements.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    This is an especially interesting critique, given that Powell is the man who stood before the United Nations in 2003 and made the disastrously faulty case for an invasion of Iraq. Powell considers the incident to be a “blot” on his record that will always be “painful” to him. If anyone would understand the value of restraint — which McCain and his colleagues in the Republican foreign policy establishment tend to consider “feckless” — it would be a man like Powell, who has seen firsthand what type of damage Romney and his foreign policy team can do./// its not ur fauly powell,s for doing the ditry bushes deeds

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XQAUUZDVBGZWAL6KWKI3J56LI Blaze Stryker

    Powell knows and loathes most of Romney’s foreign policy team–they almost to a man worked for Dubya.

    I’d pay attention to what he’s saying, here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edith-Taylor/1492991009 Edith Taylor

    At Last a Republican with principle speaks out about the Emperor [Romney] with no clothes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/msweiner Michael S. Weiner

    General, you are some guy and an outstanding American! Country first! Too bad you were not President.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      his wife put the ka-bash on that ! he’s a strong man beloved by a gentle woman

  • ELHP8

    Republicans that endorse Romney have “Mitt for brains!”
    Thank you Mr. Powell

  • Roscoe70

    Despite all the smoke and slogans of the prolonged politicized seasons which began in 2009, Colin Powell has expressed the obvious “no brainer” for a Nov 6 decision.

    Mitt Romney has unique qualifications. However, I felt that his debate performances were laced with Messianic homilies and pseudo facts, absent the realities of arithmetic and strategy for piloting the Nation’s ship with a crew of Tea Party wannabe navigators.

    Both the President Obama and Gov. Romney deserve our respect and admiration for subjecting themselves to the grueling public spectacle that we have seen.

    As Colin Powell said, there is no need for a “grand bargain”, but there is a need for “Congress to do its job”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Artiewhitefox Jonathan Hughes

    I am proud of Powell praising Obama for not getting into any more wars. It is a sign that people are seeking to save their soul that is not seen by not harming that which is seen.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R2ZZPLZ2VJO2PM4T6U6KPNPNBM Estella

    YES!!!

  • Roscoe70

    Despite all the smoke and slogans of the prolonged politicized seasons which began in 2009, Colin Powell has expressed the obvious “no brainer” for a Nov 6 decision.

  • elw

    Powell is incredible person, he is not afraid to stand-up for what he believes. I would bet that there are many Republicans who feel very much the way he does, most will quietly vote for Obama and say nothing or worse hold their nose while they vote the party-line. Nice to know that there are still some Republican left that are honest and ethical.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6RO7HFWLQPFS4CSJLRNNSOFO74 Hugh

    He is a man, a true republican who thinks for himself and not be one of the sheep. His endorsment so late in the game says he was waitng for the other side and a “intelligent” presentation as to why they show be elected and how they would conduct foreign policy. He sees mitt as a dangerous flip flopper and does not know facts, but listens to others. Norquest, Koch etc

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/77YCSBZHUVK4TYDJS2MKMHULBI Bryan

    Powell would not vote for someone because of their skin color. Obama, does not wish to give a blank check to the military, over-expand it, and abuse the power the way Romney does. Our military should be used very conservatively. Funny how the right wing calls you reckless when you are not a radical progenitor of military conflict.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Onofre-J-Escobar-Rivera/100000299746833 Onofre J. Escobar Rivera

    That is the type of Americans America needs in these difficult times, a true American Hero, blue, white and red looking for America’s best interests. All those rats at Fox News should learn something or a lot about General Powell.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      THOSE CHEEKY B-STARDS AT FOX SHOULD HAVE THEIR STATION RE-NAMED:RAT

  • Roscoe70

    Mitt Romney has unique qualifications. However, I felt that his debate performances were laced with Messianic homilies and pseudo facts, absent the realities of arithmetic and strategy for piloting the Nation’s ship with a crew of Tea Party wannabe navigators.

  • Roscoe70

    As Colin Powell said, there is no need for a “grand bargain”, but there is a need for “Congress to do its job”.

  • TZToronto

    You sound like one of the Republicans who should be the voice of the party. It certainly sounds like you’re not pleased with the direction the so-called Republican Party has gone in and would like to get back to the Republicanism of Eisenhower–and even Nixon! Geez, Nixon looks great compared to the GOP as it is now constituted.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      yipes ! pathetically true

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YS2TEKIDWOLQH6FLUOQCFTLZSE Robert

    Mr. Powell knows foreigh policy, and he’s saying willard doesn’t. Want do you know a honest Republican.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6526ZZCMX6OGIDNF6U4WUWIYVM yahoo-6526ZZCMX6OGIDNF6U4WUWIYVM

    Mr Powell is absolutely right about what he is saying. We as an American need to think before we act. After two wars and economic trouble we just past trough and know we are recovering, I think is time to allow the President to continue his job and help him make sure he accomplish his job rather than politicizing the affairs of the country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R7RY6XBDKFI5FB74KOLHC56ACQ Dorothy

    Thank you, General Powell. You are supporting a great man with the vision that you exemplify!

  • Richard Bence

    Many people criticize Barack Obama for not improving the economy fast enough. America’s current economic problems were set in motion years (decades) before Barack took office! In my opinion, without Barack’s leadership, the country would have been plunged into a full-blown depression, as bad or worse, than the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

    I trust and support Barack Obama!! For the sake of America — and the world, I pray that Barack is reelected!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      amen, richard bence

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6526ZZCMX6OGIDNF6U4WUWIYVM yahoo-6526ZZCMX6OGIDNF6U4WUWIYVM

    Rush is nothing but a sick man, that dude really need help.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6526ZZCMX6OGIDNF6U4WUWIYVM yahoo-6526ZZCMX6OGIDNF6U4WUWIYVM

    Bravo General powell

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UJQTMLSSXZOQXLYQT2S5ZTNQZQ Richard

    The GOP is on there way to HELL,It is win at all cost!It is O K to lie,as long as you win,That is the GOP,Lets don’t let them vote,that OK.God is looking,And he is booking.Thanks!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EQ5LTH2XTZCVP7G4FGK6Z2YTJE ignore the facts

    No, dumbells, it’s about intelligence. Colin Powell knows a dumbass when he sess and hears one, and Romney is that and a lot more dangerous things. LIke hating women. I guess if you only have sons you just don’t have to care about women.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      perhaps this is why romney’s wife has the look of the shell shocked – no disrespect intended toward her – but to me, she appears to be heavily reliant upon tranqs – and has the lost look of someone whose wondering: did this really happen to me?

      • Sandra

        Nah, that’s the botox look. She has had too many. She also hates being questioned and or challenged because she truly believes she an aristocrat who doesn’t have to answer to anyone much like her husband. They are both of the same mold, both from well to do families, born with a silver spoon and think they are above the masses.

        • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

          ahh, well, she’s kindof got the “look of absenteeism” as my dad use to say……..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    Colin Powell is a true republican. He represent in all levels and all phases what a Republican used to be. I have always had great respect and admiration for the General, and if he would have ran for President against Bush I, Clinton, or Bush II, I would have crossed over party lines to vote for him. He has never been one to place self interest over humanity or party over the people. He stepped away from Bush/Cheney because he realized that they had lied to him, convinced him to lie to us, and any real man would be ashamed of that. I have great respect for him that he admits it. Colin Powell IS an American and a friend to all Americans. I honor him for his service and his sacrifice to America.

  • emadis41

    Sorry Sen. McCain, the most feckless foreign policy was that of the GOP, not Obama. Obama restored our status worldwide, while GW Bush damaged our staus and moral values worldwide. Enough his humiliating last visit to Iraq. In contrast, Obama is a receipient of Nobel Peace Prize what did GW Bush offered us? Major recession and almost colapsed economy.
    Kudos. Collin Powell.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      this is so true, bush really messed us up, and to recover as much ground as the pres has, with virtually no cooperation from congress-is nothing short of amazing ! wake up america !!!!!! you chose these people, putting a lot of good dems out of jobs, now fix it ! thanks to colin powell for cutting the crap

  • http://twitter.com/GrooveSDC GrooveSDC

    LGF isn’t right wing anymore. Quite the opposite actually. Odd to see them documenting the wingnuts instead of adding to the racist discourse. The times they are a changin’ I guess.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KOPKDFAUQPIIRAFI3HEXNMSHLQ Ed

    A jet jock, even one serving time in a prison camp, will never see war the way a ground pounder does. General Powell lived in the jungle with his troops whilein Viet Nam. Just the fact that no one ever tried to “frag” him shpws his leadership.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Gregory/1390006447 Walter Gregory

    Mr. Powell is an American first and then a Republican. I pray that we as Americans will push past partisanship and search and researh the real truths in this election. The simple fact is that those who have the power to help turn the eccomomic situation around, “big business, big money and the Congress”, should work with our President. Instead of being petty, greedy and selfish.

  • tazintally

    A voice of reason from a Republican?

  • ChristoD

    Tough sh–. General Powell is the only SANE, ADULT Republican out there so OF COURSE they don’t like him, he is not whacked like them !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F6KTRKUCNMIRERV44LSJMT43ZE findingfacts

    Note that no Caucasian is ever labeled as a racist for endorsing a white candidate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V4O5VTGKNFSZ3H2GCM4OENUXAU Elijah o. Ombongi

    John McCain is a disgraced presidential candidate. His views and ideas about the world were rejected by American voters 2008. He is not worth even the ink or paper on which his name is written on. He should shut up his filth mouth and go back to Arizona to receive end of life care that president Obama has so meticulously prepared for him. McCain has no useful idea to offer to President Obama. McCain’s ideas are those of the cold war era. Remember that this is a vietnam war veteran. When was the Vietnam war? It was in the early seventys. So does McCain want the American people to be hanging on the twentieth century ideas? We are in the 21 century now. The world has changed tremendously in the last forty or fifty years, but John McCain seems stuck in the past and has no idea where the world is at the moment. McCain has refused to accept that he has become irrellevant and so are his ideas. No one wants to listen to stale lectures which are of no value from John McCain. He has nothing useful to tell Secretary Collin Powell. So if Collin Powell disappoints him so what? Collin Powell was in the Vietnam war but he was never taken prisoner of war. McCain was taken prisoner of war by the vietnamese. So what does McCain have to lecture former Secretary State Collin Powell? That is like a year five or six pupil lecturing someone in college. Do things work that way? At almost eighty years old why keep on yapping about wars and all sorts of cantankerous staff. How long does McCain have to live to be inciting people about wars? McCain would like to see Romney become president so that he can attack Iran, this is exactly the same mentality he had with George Bush and that was why he advised Romney to visit Israel in order to plan on how he will attack Iran with the help of Israel. What a fluke? The only ideas which revolve in McCain’s head is about war. This is because he suffers from inferiority complexes having been captured and taken as a prisoner of war(pow). What a disgrace of a man! He is not fit to open his mouth to tell Collin Powell what he should or should not do. He doesn’t have the capacity or credentials to do that. If McCain had better skills and ideas he should have used them in vietnam to avoid capture and imprisonment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMVMZMDLRQL3TRK5RNOHJVZPHU stoptheinsanity

    General Powell allowed himself to be fooled and used once by George Bush’s Republican administration in 2003 when he testifed before the United Nations about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq which turned out to have no foundation of truth whatsoever. This led to a war in Iraq where thousands of American lives were taken and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives as well. General Powell is an intelligent man and sees what a liar and unstable person Romney is. He does not want to see our country head down the same destructive path that Bush led it into. What I don’t understand is why there are so many American voters who want to return our country to Bush’s failed policies. I think it is more of a hatred toward our Black president than anything else.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      there’s a scary thought – there seems to be a parallel – the tea party and their hatred for a black president / hitler, the nazis and their hatred for jews ? both the tea partyists and the nazis amuk with greed abounding – our founding fathers foretold that if ever america was brought down, it would be due to internal forces ! be careful everyone – don’t let this be our story

      • gerrywil

        Claresa, you will be remembered has a great thinker.

      • gerrywil

        Claresa, you will go down in history as a great thinker.

  • peteserb

    Black backs black no matter the politics.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      don’t be so simpleminded pete

  • tobetrue

    I guess all you rightys will say Powell “dosen’t get it” also???? This man seems to be the only honest and sane republican left!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      let’s not continue to alienate ourselves from each other – or it will be “more of the same” and we are all sick of the dissention – believe me, there are lights going on in both the mind of the conservative and the liberal

  • Bob Williams

    When you be mixed race, youse gotta vote for the bro who is also mixed race. Otherwise, you won’t be safe showin’ your face in the hood!

    As Powell sez “Four mo’ years of mediocracy and food stamps – if we be lucky! Now leave me the f@#k alone before I cut you!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      uh oh – bob’s gone crazy again

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000245684819 Peggy Holley

      YOU ARE A FIRST CLASS JERK[ the opinion of a white women]

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

    if you read on, tobetrue, you will see there are herein republicans who have stood up and said they are agrieved at the direction their party has taken – don’t lump THEM ALL together, it’s not fair – ckb

  • Peoples425

    What seems to be fairly elusive to those of moderately IQ standing in this nation is the sheer lack of comparable behavior throughout the Republican party. I do not give any mercy to the Democrats either, however it seems as though the attacks, persecutory allegations, bias and amnesiatic behavior seems to stem highly from the GOP realm of the country. Voter intimidation, disenfranchisement as well as misinformation and false accusations have led to the mass cognitive adjustment of the lower educated population of the US. It is truly a testament to the value of education to comprehend the current state of affairs and the direction with which this partisan leadership is directing policy and immoral behavior.

    Historically speaking, this country is one of the most discriminatory in it’s treatment towards those of minority standing and therefore this particular mindset and racial tension is nothing surprising. What truly gets to me is the fact that no one calls it for what it really is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DKWSXHQIDBW5PUAPZ2HZAYYUY Baron Cormac

    General Powell should have been the Republican VP candidate back in 2000! The election would have not been contested because this would have been one of the few times that the VP Candidate actually helped the ticket.
    Unfortunately Dubya didn’t take H. Ross’s advice to his Daddy and let Uncle Dick pick himself as the most qualified VP candidate, just like he let Uncle Donald pick himself as the most qualified SecDef candidate.
    Now the Republicans are reaping what they have sown.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GIWK37ZXBVSGIL72YNILXJL4E4 Paku

    A man becomes great when during adversity they stand by their moral character regardless of the consequences. Again today, Colin Powell has shown that he is a great man, maybe some will say as I think, a great American Hero!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JZBFE3NJD4SDVS5HCIECDW27KI Peter

    “It’s about race”. Like all those bigoted rednecks aren’t voting according to race!!!

  • Mimi2kool

    Clearly, the GOP is no longer a place for any person of reason. The response to Powell’s endorsement has been both rapid and rabid.

  • D. Hunnel

    I think some key words there may be not-so-hidden in that closing phrase “foreign policy team”… If I understand correctly, aren’t the majority of that team holdovers from the Bush years — and in particular aren’t they variously responsible for some of the, debateably, WORST foreign policy decisions we’ve seen in the past century? Including setting Powell up as the “front man” for that Iraq fiasco?? Not to minimize the sheer TERROR “the type of damage Romney can do” can inspire in a man who has SEEN utter chaos, and confusion totally dominating “apparent competence”, years worth of investment and effort destroyed… I believe the gentleman can weather THIS storm too, having to some small extent perhaps redeemed himself while further demonstrating his ongoing focus on “that which is best for our Country”.

  • montanabill

    Powell certainly didn’t disappoint me. I never expected him to endorse Romney or any other Republican candidate. I think he is nursing his hurt at appearing to be the fall guy for WMD’s in Iraq. It is strange that he falls in with the people who laid that blame on him, but I guess there is a psychological reason for that.
    If it makes him feel better, then that’s ok. His endorsement won’t change but a handful of votes, if any.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HKCTSVHCQJCJUU2VYCERLWWDE Richie T

    He’s totally inline with President Eisenhower’s understanding of war.
    They’ve both served their country in the armed forces

    The ones that are bit#%ng, don’t have a clue.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower,
    Republican
    WWII Five Star General
    34th President of the United States 1953-1961

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

    “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

    “If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.”

    “Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.”

    “I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.”-

    “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage”

    Romney want’s to INCREASE the military budget.

  • sheilab2

    Gen. Powell has my deepeste respect for his thoughtfulness.

  • hootch554

    My gratitude and respect goes to Colin Powell for his endorsement. It is uplifting to hear this and it is also uplifting to read so many positive comments here. I am so tired of the negative mean spirited stuff coming from those folks. I think these people are so angry because they don’t have a valid candidate from the Repub party this time and they would rather vote for someone who would do more harm to our economy and country than to vote for someone who has things going in the right direction once again. A mentioned PO has done this on his own with no help from the Repub congress. Imagine where this economy and country would be right now if he had received cooperation from them. It makes me respect PO even more for hanging in there when he has been so ostracized for the last 4 years. I love the passion I am reading here from all for PO. Please, everyone, do everything you can to get the vote out there so we can continue on this path of renewed economy. We have been down for 3-4 years and lost a lot but we never gave up on PO and hope. It is finally here. Our business is picking back up and it is sustained. Please keep the positive attitude and passion going for PO and help him get re-elected. Volunteer to take folks to the polls. I have already cast my vote. I don’t see how anyone can, with good conscience. vote for a man (Mitt) that would allow a very productive plant to close and move 170 jobs to China on 11/5 all for the almight buck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      it’s mind blowing that romney hit the 50 percent mark in a nation wide pole today, OMG, how scary is that ?

  • Happy2bback

    The Democrats love you Colin Powell your welcome to our party anytime; but for now we’ll gladly except your endorsement of the President.

  • northroader1775

    I have to say this up front I worked in the intelligence community for years and it was absolutely PAINFUL to see a man I know to be scrupulously honest give that speech. There are only two ways to describe an event in intel speak, possible (if you are damn sure) and probable (if you are absolutely positive…ie if someone says we are being shot at and you can hear gunfire and screaming…that is probable) so in 9 years of writing current events briefs for the general staff I used the word probable twice. When they forced Gen Powell to say “iron clad evidence” I knew it was bullshit, and I hurt for him.

    Lets also be clear about Sen McCain…there is a tradition at the Academy if you graduate last in your class you get to choose your first assignment. There is a kind of competiton for last, if you are near the bottom you may as well go for it. Sen McCain graduated second to last and got nothing for it. He was shot down on more missions than not and was captured and held for years. Now I am not demeaning his service at all but to have this guy speak of fecklessness and refer to Gen Powell in the same breath is nothing short of greek tragedy sized bullshit.

    • ExPAVIC

      Back Then

      This writer was in the Gulf of Tonkin North SAR when McCain caught the SAM on October 17th, 1967. Dumb ass was flying in the wrong sector and got caught.

      Simple bombing mission turned into a bad four years for Hot Dog John.

  • http://twitter.com/dk33663 David Kaiser

    The difference between Powell and other republicans is Powell has a studied approach and conviction, and has the guts to stay with it, regardless of what professional politicians like McCain think.

    As Powell stated, one could get dizzy following all of Romney’s flip-flopping on not one, but all issues.

  • ExPAVIC

    Ouch

    Now that hurt the Old, Old GOP a lot. Even their own is turning their back on a lost cause.

    This is like Hillary saying she is backing RoMoney.

    I guess Powell is still pissed about Bush and Chaney leaving his butt out to dry over the phoney WMD thing. Like Powell stood in front of the United Nations General Assembly and said that there were WMDs in Iraq.

    Don’t forget Britain’s Tonie Blaire agreed and it cost him his Prime Ministry, and his government. Got to love that dog bone stealing Chaney.
    What a waste of a perfectly good heart. It should have gone to another type of pig.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      i hope it’s a lost cause, expavic, because if romney wins, i’m destined to become an expat, and my family has been here since the mayflower’s arrival – ckb ps – rumor has it that passports are going to become almost impossible to get in the future – how scary is that – i went to the post office today to get my passport form !

  • northroader1775

    Remember dancer…the polls that tout Romney rarely ask minority voters what they think and almost never include latinos….it will be a slaughter come Nov 6 th you’ll see…chin up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      i hope you are right northroader !

  • jpking2012

    McCain has the nerves to open his mouth on foreign policy! Ha I laugh at the fool!

  • northroader1775

    Yep everyone thought Lincoln was an idiot too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cbarnhisel Claresa K Barnhisel

      i remember that too, mccain vents again !

  • northroader1775

    You know truth be told I think Mc Cain is bitter about his loss to Bush in the primaries. I remember him being quoted as saying “If the pick that white knuckled drunk draft doger to run for pres I’m changing parties.” I might be paraphrasing but I think it’s pretty close to what he said. Too bad he didn’t do it.

  • http://twitter.com/CaraLTaylor Cara Taylor

    Very well written, Henry Decker! I maybe have too much empathy for my own good, but I feel for the old-school Republicans, i.e., Dick Lugar, Colin Powell, etc., that have been shoved out/aside for the current GOP/TeaParty that is so taken with their conspiracy theories and extremism. The Bachmann-Akin-Mourdock-Glenn Becks of this world exist in an alternate reality . . . that doesn’t leave space for any moderates.

  • northroader1775

    Maybe it’s his “‘Job not to care about women”…oh wait they are 52% of the country 52 + 47=99% how odd is that???

  • northroader1775

    did you see her pic next to Bride of Chucky??? scarrrrrrry.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OWTFOS3ZCPBN6YIYQPKUQTJPGA Mark

    Man I love that guy! And I’m actually getting a new respect for O’Reilly, too.

  • northroader1775

    Well put Richie…Ike was a true patriot and a true leader and a damn fine man. So is Powell

  • northroader1775

    exactly…thank you for the details…I tend to remember lessons learned and forget the tiny details of failure…but I’m pretty good with details of victory. As you may imagine, not many McCain stories stick in my head.

  • northroader1775

    anyone else notice the distinct lack of the usual trolls lambasting this guy…I think even the trolls can’t argue with Powell. Where is lana, govissue, allamerican, chisolm,??? what’s wrong punks?? truth got your tongue for a change?

  • jesuschild8894

    Colin Powell is a great man of integrity!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNRDK2P25SFBBPILMIXGGGSWYA Anietie

    Thank you Mr. Powell and it is not about race but about who we believe and Obama has actually made us Americans respected all over the world than when we had Republicians. Obama is constactly fighting for us all and not just the few. Very insulting and rude when Rodnney used the word 47% and his definitely not for women like me who work hard and as a matter of fact, even give back to my community. Obama and Biden are most trusting and real.
    I have high respect for Powell.
    Another insult is from Donald Trump, I do not care about people like that regardless of his wealth. For a man of his calicar, we would expect him to know better. Remember non of us came with this money and the day we leave this world, we will not go with it. So Trump if you are that rich, then give the billion without condition.

  • 220VOLTS

    General Powell got fooled once – but not again. This is a vote for the nation, not ideology. Live long and prosper General.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PHJONGMDVYMXQ26376UMPJAZQI Tito

    I have very high regard for Mr. Powell. Thank You for stepping up to the plate. For over three years the Republicans have called, Mr. Obama, every name in the books. You are like a breath of fresh air. Tito

  • ridemybroom

    once again Powell knows the right side….the winning side…but with that said…would OB offer him the state dept job even tho he is repub ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000245684819 Peggy Holley

      I think Obama would offer Gen Powell the Sec of State position if becomes avalible they have been in close contact since Obama has been in office and I am sure Gen Powell has offered some great advice. altho Hillery has been a good Sec of State I would love to see Gen Powell in that job again .He is very well respected by the whole world.

  • http://www.yahoo.de./ Frank Libbon

    John McCain is a bitter old man who lost the election to Obama, which he believed belonged to him. McCain also picked a “Know Nothing” Palin, as his running mate, thereby insulting the intelligence of the American People. It is time, long overdue, to put McCain out to pasture.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    Sour grapes always creates the sweetest whines. Ain’t semantics fun!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/APPJFW7M354OL3CKI47Y27NLN4 JacksonS

    I have a new found respect for Mr. Colin Powell. I often thought different of him but he’s an intelligent, articulate, accomplished man. HATS OFF TO COLIN POWELL!!!

  • HONMON

    Finally ! There is someone with backbone in the Republican party who is not afraid to tell the truth. I hope America is listening. This Country just cannot afford to go back to the policies of George W. Bush, and that is what we’ll get if Romney wins. Thank you, Mr. Powell

  • adler56

    Somebody strap that idiot McCain into a restraint chain in a rubber room. What an un-American loser. Guess he’s afraid Obama will take one of his six-no- seven- er- is it 8 houses?- well anyway
    he’s black like my adopted daughter and i don’t like that.

  • ELHP8

    Republicans for Romney have “Mitt for brains!”

  • ekwe11233

    Gen. Powell understands that the future of the USA is at stake in this election and he convincingly endorsed the POTUS. His former chief of staff did endorse the President last night during Ed Show on MSNBC. I think reasonable Repubs should pay careful attention to their reasons for crossing party lines and do the right thing for our beloved country’s socio economic well-being and international respect by voting for President Barack Obama.

  • Daouda Komah

    Please, America is not about Party line; is about common good for American people.
    Mr. Colin Powell your decision is wise and patriotic.

  • bigsurmac

    Bush/Cheney provided General Powell a pack of lies to present to the U.N. Pre-Iraq invasion to gain support for that colossal mistake.
    What do the Neo Cons expect from him in the aftermath.
    General Powell is well aware that without his huge personal influence, the international support for the Iraqi invasion would not have happened.
    By the seven year of their time in office, Cheney was no longer welcome in many countries.
    Instead of being greeted by top officials, as was normally befitting a U.S. vice-president, Cheney was lucky if a assistant dog catcher came to greet him after he sat at the airport for two hours.
    Which is why the Neo Cons were so angered by President Obama’s greetings during his first t rip to the Middle East.
    This president did not apologize to anyone on that trip.
    He told the world the U.S. leadership would not be TALKING TO them, but he would be coming to LISTEN and then TALK WITH their leaders.
    After eight years of DubYah and Cheney telling the world how they planned to reorganize the world and other people’s countries and lives in keeping with DubYah’s Born Again Fundamentalist mindset — President Obama listened and actually ASKED questions.
    Amazing — An American President who regarded those nation’s leaders as leaders — he actually regarded them as human beings, respecting, rather than dis-respecting them.
    That change in attitude, supported by a determination to end both wars, while returning to a quest to identify, locate and eliminate Al Qaeda and other terrorists — resulted in the Nobel Peace Prize.
    An honor which really triggered anger among the NeoCons — especially since President Obama donated the cash award to deserving charities.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_74ECPCMQEE5EAFQQABIPLBDF3I Eric

    sununu is a horse’s ass always was

  • msrita

    He said he wants Obama to have another term. In your face Robme/Lying Ryan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CXAL5B72JQ7KRNOK5YT7WRSF4M norman

    The only reason the radical right is upset, with Mr. Powel, is because Mr. Power, a former General, carries the respect of the American people, and the military.

    I do believe that, if Mr. Powel should decide to run, for executive office, he would carry the election, easily.

    I, also, think the columnist is correct in saying that “black endorsing black is racist” is ludicruous, since “White has been endorsing white, for over a century”. Mr. Obama has never been racist, and those, who would call the president this, or even Mr. Powel, this, should be ashamed of themselves.

  • http://twitter.com/MortAlcoil1 Mort Alcoil

    To all the Caucasians that voted for GWB and are going to vote for Romney; Republicans think you’re all racists.. How DARE white people vote for another white person.

  • oldtack

    Thanks jarhead. Siemper Fi! and Ru Ra

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdlogspook Jd Logsdon

    It sounds to me like Powell is positioning himself for a presidential run in 2016…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000245684819 Peggy Holley

      Gen Powell would make a great pres but he doesn’t want it .Can’t blame him ,but if Hillery retires he would be a great one to take her place he is experienced and would be a well respected Sec of State Again

  • tauromusic

    I want to encourage everyone to vote. A larger turnout favors the President and a smaller one favors Romney. It is incredulous to me that so many are taking the Republican ads at face value and ignoring the shift in his stances. At the convention he pandered to his base, the far right. Now he tries to come across as a moderate, obviously trying to lure in independent voters. Wake up, people! President Obama has tried (without much help from the Republicans in Congress) to live up to his campaign promises. At the beginning of his term most economists said that jobs would be the last thing to come back. In spite of the world economy pulling us downward, our economy has moved forward with increased jobs,especially manufacturing jobs, increased productivity and the rescue of the automobile industry ( Romney would have let it go bankrupt ) and the industries that supply it. We are on the right track!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6ZFSRC5BZOEI6BODPSNKIVOX4Q Nicklous

    I have so much respect and admiration for Mr. Powell. I admire his wisdom for exiting the Bush era just in time before the great fall of the USA Wall! Not everybody was as smart as Mr. Powell and those who stayed surely reaped the harsh consequences. Without a doubt the republicians have gone off the deep end and no one can save them–surely not Mitt’s entire business record is limited to plant closings, bankruptcies, layoffs, salary and benefit reductions to increase profits, outsourcings, tax exempt investments overseas, and depositing his loot in safehavens abroad to avoid paying taxes to UNCLE SAM–that same Uncle Sam that he wants to rule over? Hundreds of Americans ended up in jail for doing for the same thing that Mitt has done. Times have changed and believe it or not those whose sense of entitlement, arrogance, greed and lack of patriotism can not only get away with their misdeeds, they can actually run for President with the full support of corporate mafia.

    You think that Bush era was bad–you would not even begin to see what Mitt would do and no one wants to see what he would do. I humbly beseech the God of all creation to erase Mitt from the national scene–he would be just like Bush, jobs going to China on a monthly basis, moving the senata that makes car parts to China, Bush allowed GE to move their factory from Linton Mexico years ago and they made mortors in Linton which is my very own hometown. Make Mitt show his tax returns from the last ten years and I will assure you that Mitt has not paid his fair share?

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2012!

  • http://twitter.com/zeb01cah Calvin Hill

    McCain is the real disappointment. He sat on the Senate Armed Services Committee all throughout Osama bin Laden’s reign of terror and never forced the issue of a plan to go after al Qaeda or bin Laden during two Clinton and two Bush administrations.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EXAA4SMDN225MKED24ZJIYPA44 Jerome

    Thank You General Powell, I like you am a moderate registered Republican turned independent voter and I live in SW Florida!! The main reason I am unhappy with the Rebublicans is that they have become too radically right wing and fragmented!!! There are the pro-lifers, the gun rights zealots,the Evangelical Christians, and now the Tea Party activists, all with their own agendas as was all played out in High Defination at their Republican Convention!! The only decision that they finally made and I voted for in the primary was for Mitt Romney to be the Republican Candidate for President as he was the best of the bunch because he was more moderate than the rest!! Having listened to both sides as you did I’m sure, I also will be voting for Obama /Biden since it looks like we will continue moving forward as a nation… Thank You for your service to our Great Nation, Wish you would run for President in 2016, you have My Vote!!!

  • tavias51

    Colin Powell endorses President Obama Again, Enough Said!!! And phuck you racist asswipe, sununu moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 2012….

  • Michelle Rose

    There is but ONE human species and “race” is an illusion fostered by those who would divide and conquer us.

  • http://twitter.com/maozty7 igal maoz

    Subj: Here you go xxoo 
    Date: 10/16/2012 11:41:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
    From: spider433@aol.com
    To: Galimaz@aol.com
    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    PRESIDENT OBAMA SAVED THE COUNTRY FROM A COMPLETE DISASTER. THE STIMULUS SAVED THE AUTO INDUSTRY, HEALTH CARE IS EXTENDED FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD IT, THE PRE EXISTING CONDITION NO LONGER PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM GETTING HEALTH INSURANCE, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BE COVERED BY THEIR PARENT’S INSURANCE UNTIL THEY ARE 26 YEARS OLD. ROMNEY AND CO WANT TO PRIVATIZE ALL FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE HEALTH INDUSTRY, CONTINUE THE TAX BREAK GIVEN TO THE MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WITH THE SLOGAN “JOB CREATORS”.
    BUT THAT IS WHAT BUSH DID AND THE RESULT IS THE COLLAPSE OF THE ECONOMY THAT OBAMA INHERITED AND SAVED US ALL BY THE STIMULUS THAT CREATED JOBS WHILE THE TAX BREAK OF BUSH DID THE OPPOSITE.  NOBODY KNOWS WHAT ROMNEY STANDS FOR WHEN IT COMES TO THE REST OF THE 99% IT IS THE 1% THAT HE REPRESENTS! PRIVATE SCHOOLS PRIVATE HEALTH CARE, EACH ONE TO HIS OWN. IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD IT “BORROW FROM YOUR PARENTS”. AS IF ALL THE PARENTS IN THE WORLD HAVE THE MONEY THAT THE KIDS NEED, THERE ARE NO POOR, NOR PEOPLE OUT OF JOBS, IT’S A CRUEL JOKE ‘LET THE CAR INDUSTRY GO BANKRUPT” “LET THE HOUSING MARKET COLLAPSE” BY HIS OWN WORDS. IMAGINE WHERE WE WOULD BE TODAY. AND FOR LAST, ARE WE BETTER OFF THAN BEFORE? YES, BUT STILL THERE IS A LOT TO DO. THERE IS NO GOING BACK, BUSH DID IT AND IT COLLAPSED. ROMNEY CONSTANTLY FLIP FLOPS. EVERY TIME HE SAYS SOMETHING THEN HE CHANGES HIS MIND ACCORDING TO WHOM HE IS SPEAKING TO. WE CAUGHT HIM WITH THE 47% WHO ARE LAZY AND TAKE HANDOUTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT. PAY NO TAXES ETC. IT IS AN INSULT TO HALF OF THE COUNTRY AND IT IS A LIE! AND WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN’S ISSUES – PLANNED PARENTHOOD THAT HELPS MILLIONS OF WOMEN AROUND THE COUNTRY TO HAVE PREVENTIVE CARE. THIS ROMNEY AND CO WANT TO ELIMINATE. MEDICARE,  SOCIAL SECURITY THAT MILLIONS OF OLD AND YOUNG, POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS ARE DEPENDENT ON , “GO PRIVATE, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN”.  NO, WE ARE NOT DEFRAGMENTED CREATURES. WE ARE A CIVILIZED SOCIETY DESTINED TO CARE FOR EACH OTHER IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. IT IS THE LAW OF NATURE AND NOT THE LAW OF ANY COURT OR ANY DECISION BY “MAN.” HIS ROLE IS TO HAVE A PRIORITY TO BE SURE IT IS RESPECTED AND PROTECTED AGAINST ANY WRONG DOING BY SELF INTEREST OF A FEW.  IT IS “A PRIORY” IT IS THE ESSENCE OF EXISTENCE OF MANKIND AS WHOLE. AND ALL LIVING THINGS FROM ANTS TO LIONS THEY SHARE AND CARE TO THEIR OWN WAY OF LIVING. IT IS THE “LAW OF CONSERVATION” AND SURVIVAL. THEIR “INSTITUTIONS” ARE IN THEIR BODY. THEY DON’T CREATE THEM IT IS WITHIN THEM. WE ALSO HAVE IT IN OUR BODY IN OUR ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, WHAT WE DO DIFFERENT IS THAT WE CREATE “EXTRA INSTITUTIONS” BY OUR OWN NATURE TO PRESERVE THE SPECIES WE CALL HUMAN. BUT MOST OF THE INSTITUTIONS WE CREATE ARE CREATED TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE WHO CONTROL THE WEALTH OF NATURE. AND HERE IS WHERE HUMANS NEED TO CREATE LAWS TO DEFEND THE RIGHT OF THE SPECIES TO SURVIVE AND TO THRIVE IN ACCORDANCE WHAT NATURE GAVE US. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER WHETHER WE AGREE OR NOT.  NATURE DIDN’T ASK US “IT IS AN ORDER”

    IT IS IN ALL HUMAN TEACHING THROUGHOUT HISTORY FROM PROPHETS AND PHILOSOPHERS FROM ALL RELIGIONS OF ALL HUMANS WHO BELIEVE IN THEIR GODS. NO MATTER WHO IS “RIGHT” AND WHO IS “WRONG.” THEY ALL UNITE UNDER THE SAME NATURAL LAW. OR WE ALL WOULD BE EXTINCT.  LIKE THUS?? OF MANY WE “HELP” WITH DISRESPECT TO LAW OF NATURE.

    IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF IDEOLOGY OR BELIEF IT IS A QUESTION OF INTELLIGENCE OF THE HUMAN RACE TO UNDERSTAND. WE ARE ALL IN THIS UNIVERSE TOGETHER, THERE ARE NO DIFFERENT RACES THERE IS ONLY THE HUMAN RACE. THERE IS NO SUPER RACE OR LOWER RACE THERE IS ONLY SUPER RICH AND THE REST. AND YET I REPEAT, WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER.
    TO THE RICH I WILL SAY YOU CAN’T BE RICH IF WE “THE REST DIDN’T WORK FOR YOU”
    SO THINK TWICE .YOU ARE NOTHING WITHOUT US, YOU DON’T CREATE, WE CREATE, WE WHO CARE FOR EACH OTHER REPRESENT THE ESSENCE OF LIFE.
    “WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER” WE ARE MORE POWERFUL THEN YOU,
    BECAUSE WE CONSERVE AND DEFEND THE LAW OF NATURE. AND HERE
    IS THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN’T CLAIM TO RICHNESS. WE CAME NAKED AND TOGETHER WE LEAVE NAKED.

    THE SAGA OF IGALGAMECH  [page 45]

    “I JUST WONDER, WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS IN POWER SUPREME? NATION ERASERS,
    NATION BUILDERS, DESCENDING ON OTHERS’ LIFE WITH SUCH MALICE AND HATE,
    KINGS, QUEENS, PRESIDENTS, OPPRESSORS, DICTATORS, BANKERS, GREEDY PRIMATES POWER HUNGRY FOR WEALTH, HOW MUCH MORE? YOU NEED MORE!
    BEFORE THE EARTH WILL CLAIM YOU, THE WORMS WILL EAT YOU,
    TO BECOME GOOD FERTILIZER,  THE TREES AND GREENS WILL GROW,
    CREATURES ON EARTH WILL NEVER KNOW WHEN THEY “ATE YOU”

     

  • pooksie

    Mr Powell did the right thing,he saw right through Mr Romey’s lies and flipp flopping about foreign policies.Mitt Romey will make America worse than a third world country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GCXB2EABXANRR2IK7QHS3TAPOU ROBERT C HASTINGS

    Sununu is not the only one playing the race card. Romney himself, with his criticism of Obama’s actions on Welfare, made several veiled comments. His 47% speech was less veiled and more obvious. If they don’t like him because of his color, then they are going to have a big problem getting minorities on their side. And it is apparent that from day one of the Obama presidency that the Republican party had no use for the first black president, taking a pledge tokeep his presidency to one term, even before Obama or his administration had the chance to make any legislative proposals. Obama’s biggest mistake? Attempting to be a bipartisan leader in the face of obvious racism from the right.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUXOQJ4ZAE3RKG3BVKD6HVSWAE David

    Powell never forgot how George W. Bush and the Republican party screwed him over when he was Secretary of State and sent him packing for standing up to them. Powell didn’t retire…. he was pushed out for that ordeal of him going to the united nations to tell the whole world about Iraqi WMD’s that were proven to never exist then was pushed out for making noise about it. I say Bravo!!

  • shaysite

    Sununununnuuuu destroys his own credibility-not that of Gen. Powell-by attributing Powell’s endorsement to racism. That’s transparently, absolutely absurd. And he knows it. Like every other Rmoney bot, he’ll say anything, no matter how ridiculous on its face, just to try to win an election. Sunununununun should just commit suicide. He’s worthless.

  • shaysite

    Bush really betrayed Gen. Powell’s loyalty with that Iraq BS. But Gen. Powell is now repaying the right for its perfidy.

    Gen. Powell is the last honest, ethical, moderate Republican left.

    • docb

      Though I agree on some points I doubt that the Honorable Sec Powell is into revenge…!

      He is a Patriot who evaluated what is being offered by the candidate romney and finds it LACKING from Sec. Powell’s considerable experience serving this Nation as a General and Soldier and SoS…

  • dylan111

    As a long-time fan of Battlestar Galactica, I say: Frack the right-wing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000872817814 Padma Thornlyre

    Wow…General Powell, er, Secretary of State Powell, endorses Obama because of race. Meaning, of course, that if Pizza King Herman Cain would have won the Republican nomination, Powell would have endorsed him. Don’t think so. Colin Powell is a Man.

  • tobewan

    After the votes are counted, if Romney is elected, the people will revolt. If Obama is elected, the Republicans will continue to revolt – probably more than they have this year.
    Translation: we haven’t seen the worse they can do, we haven’t seen anything yet.
    The Repubs have divided America, AGAIN, and will wreck America either way.
    Let’s vote for and wish Obama well in spite of the coming fierce opposition. He needs 4 more to get the recovery finished, and do it by overcoming the party of NO. We need to STOP the GOP ! For the sake of women, for the sake of the nation.

  • http://twitter.com/Lesman127 Les Saunders

    Mittens showed that he knows nothing about the facts of what Mr. Obama inherited when he took office and what it takes to know something about reparing world order and peace, tell me if he knew how to get 2 million jobs 2 years ago when he started this quest, why didn’t he do it and show us when I look at the abandon ARMCO Steel plant buildings here in Kansas City, Mo that Bain Capital gutted and bankrupt, then sold off to send the jobs and steel overseas, makes me sick, Mittens is an Idiot in a Suit.

    • docb

      Sec Powell is a thoughtful patriot and American Hero..The rabid right and their lying empty suit romney are neither!

  • ricky58

    when Mitt Romney lies or changes positions on issues, or cannot answer questions on foreign policy, he looks Presidential and supposedly wins a debate,but if the President is astonished hearing lies and flipflooping ,refuses to call out the governor who says anything to get elected he loses the debate. The world is watching this bullwork of Democracy trip in a lot of things.Race, religion you name them. when it is not favoring the GOP it is bad politics.Eg polling.President is of cause paying the price of every person of color and accent. C .Powell is an honorable man and did a regrettable thing under the past regime at the U.N. He wants to do the right thing now ,even if party loses.We cannot counts party gains on his back.He is not a politician.He is a GENERAL OF STATURE.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDNWT6XSZ5372JCKPG6BKV7XWA Decdicated Fan

    After Dick Chenney, George Bush and the so called intelligence community debacle that left Colin standing in front of the United Nations looking stupid, I don’t blame Mr. Powell. They knowingly supplied him with incorrect intelligence info about weapons of mass destruction that did’nt exist. They used his reputation to start an unnescessary war. Mr. Powell, it is what it is, they used you to profit from Halliburton, Oil etc.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GKWNN5SCPGVN5LB4DX4S5BD3UY DanielF

    Powell is politically irrelevant. Just another celebrity endorsement.

  • GatorLegal1

    Maybe Powell will be Secretary of State after Hillary Clinton retires? He would be a pretty good choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alice.mow.3 Alice Mow

    You have to respect Gen. Powell. He makes a very cogent argument in a very informed thoughtful way. His point about Congress is “right on” also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alice.mow.3 Alice Mow

    The general makes good cogent arguments. His point about Congress is also “right on”

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