Sunday, October 19, 2008

Colin Powell endorses Obama

ALSO - CLICK ON TITLE TO SEE 'HOW OBAMA WON THE US ELECTIONS' BY SCOTT SIMON - the host of National Public Radio's election night coverage - Simon gives his view of Obama's campaign strategy.

Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama on NBC's Meet the Press this morning was measured and dignified. We remember that this is a man born in Harlem, New York, of Jamaican parents, Luther and Arie (nee McKoy) Powell.

In the tradition of Jamaica's National Heroes, Colin Powell has stepped out of his comfort zone to denounce the cynical tone of the McCain-Palin campaign, even as he reaffirmed his admiration and respect for fellow soldier, John McCain. Powell says he still considers himself a Republican.

In his autobiography, "My American Journey", we learn of the hardworking, decent parents who raised this exceptional man. Excerpts from his book and links to the NYT and CNN reports below.

[My father] was the second of nine children born to poor folk in Top Hill ... My mother was the eldest of her generation - of nine children - and came from a slightly more elevated social station ... She had a high school education which my father lacked.
... Mom was a staunch union supporter, a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. My father, the shipping room foreman [at Ginsburg's] considered himself a part of management.;jsessionid=0C5E6CE6987A9E6B7BD82231E80C459D

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