"I think we need a transformational figure. I think we need a president who is a generational change and that's why I'm supporting Barack Obama, not out of any lack of respect or admiration for Sen. John McCain." POW!"This Bill Ayers situation that's been going on for weeks became something of a central point of the campaign," Powell said. "But Mr. McCain says that he's a washed-out terrorist. Well, then, why do we keep talking about him?" BAM!
Powell said McCain's choice of Palin raised questions about judgment. "I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States," Powell said. ZAP!
Former Mayor Willie Brown called this two months ago (in an SF Chronicle article from Aug 18th to be exact):
"Here's a prediction: Colin Powell is going to endorse Barack Obama. I'm not pulling this out of thin air. I'm basing my forecast on a series of phone calls that I received this week. I can't say who called me, but I can tell you one of the questions I was asked, "What do you think the reaction would be if former Secretary of State Colin Powell - a Republican - introduced Democrat Obama at his big acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium after being made the nominee?" My reply: "It would seal the deal. It would be the presidency." I don't think Powell will go to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, but based on the recent conversations, I have to believe that something big is in the works."
Mr. Brown has said he thinks the delay in endorsement came by request from President Bush asking Powell to hold off on it. Just look where we are now and how some of us allowed for this by supporting the Bush and now the McCain candidacies - ultimately at the expense of us all. You know the the price for our collective 'holding off' has been very high, too high even. The current stakes in this election are even higher. There can be no going back unfortunately. Hopefully most of us have learned the impact of one single choice - even if that choice was to do nothing. We've got 16 days and counting....and all the work to come after that.
Updates with videos:
Powell On Tavis Smiley After Iowa Caucus
Powell Endorsement on Meet the Press Today
Powell Discussing His Endorsement