General Colin Powell, the African American former Secretary of State famous for winning the First Gulf War as Chief of the Amy and, later, for being duped by Dick Cheney and George Bush to convince the world that Iraq was harboring illegal weapons of mass destruction, oft considered to be a presidential candidate, running mate, or some other important thing, has endorsed a candidate for the presidency of the United States of America.
This is a man who knows George Bush and worked for years in Republican Administrations. He is a man people listen to. He is a man most believe does not play politics, preferring instead to strive to do the right thing.
And, of course, he’s gone ahead and endorsed Barack Obama.
From the BBC:
This is not a decision Colin Powell has taken lightly, our correspondent says.
He has spoken to both Mr McCain and Mr Obama regularly and watched carefully and he has concluded, he says, that Barack Obama has the style and substance to lead America in the future.
But it is perhaps the sharp criticism of the recent conduct of John McCain’s campaign, for being too negative and too narrow, that will do most damage to the Republican candidate, our correspondent adds.
That approach, Mr Powell said, is not what the American people are looking for.
“I think he [Barack Obama] would be a transformational president,” Mr Powell told NBC’s Meet The Press.
An Obama victory would should “not just electrify our country, it would electrify the world”, he said.
Mr Obama was better suited to handle America’s economy, the former secretary of state said.
“In the case of Mr McCain… you got the sense that he didn’t have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had,” he argued.
Mr Powell was also “concerned” at the selection of Governor Sarah Palin” for running mate believing her not ready for the White House.