Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Colin Powell Endorses Barack Obama

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   No comments
Author 10359
Message Hargrove Jones

Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama, calling him a "transformational figure." Perhaps he sensed what only a poet could say, "What our country desperately needs is a leader who loves us . . .

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, describing him as a "transformational figure."

In an interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press, Colin Power described Barack Obama as "better suited to handle the nation's economic problems as well as help improve it's standing in the world."

He went on to say that he does not believe Palin is ready to take over as president, if necessary. and he was critical of the negative tone of McCain's campaign, as well as his choice of Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, as his running mate.

Already the pundits are talking about the impact of Powell's endorsement and what effect it will have on the presidential race. Powell has an 82% approval rating, which may reflect the potential influence of his endorsement.

But what he did not say, that may have been encapsulated in the words "transformational figure," was directly spoken by
Alice Walker when she wrote, "What our country desperately needs is a leader who loves us."

Alice Walker described how Fidel Castro, at a time of crisis, shared his limitations and pain with his people.

It was during the emergency years, the "special period" when Cuba's relationship with the Soviet Union had collapsed and there was little gas or oil or fertiliser; people were struggling to find enough to eat. It was perhaps Cuba's nadir, as a small Caribbean island nation considered a dangerous threat by its nearest neighbour, the United States - which, during this period, tightened its embargo. Fidel, tall, haggard, his clothes hanging more loosely than usual from his gaunt frame, walked soberly along, surrounded by thousands of likewise downhearted, fearful people: he, like them, waving a tiny red, white and blue Cuban flag.

However poor the Cubans might be, I realised, they cared about each other and they had a leader who loved them. A leader who loved them. Imagine. A leader not afraid to be out in the streets with them, a leader not ashamed to show himself as troubled and humbled as they were. A leader who would not leave them to wonder and worry alone, but would stand with them, walk with them, celebrate with them -

This is what I want for our country, more than anything. I want a leader who can love us.

Let the people say, Amen.

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Hargrove Jones Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Student of social dynamics, especially as it relates to issues of race and sex.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Is Barack Obama Natural Born?

The Chris & Rihanna Saga: What's Race Got To Do With It?

Barack Obama's Vice Presidential Pick: Kathleen Sebelius

Father Jay Scott Newman - Pro-Life or Pro-White?

The N-Word: Laura Schlessinger And Mel Gibson Distinguished . . .

Is Hillary Clinton Behind Caroline Kennedy's Bad Press?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: