Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell takes the prize for the lamest endorsment ever

I just came across the transcript of Colin Powell's endorsement of Barak Obama. Take a look:

“So when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we’ve got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president, but which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time? And I come to the conclusion that, because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities, and we have to take that into account, as well as his substance—he has both style and substance—he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming into the world—onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.”

(source: Democracy Now!)

Is there any substance here? Am I missing something?!

First, Powell says that *either* candidate could make a good president. Bad, bad start for an endorsement, in particular one made by a former Dubya cabinet member dumping his own Party and Party candidate. But then it gets worse.

  • Ability to inspire?
  • The inclusive nature of his campaign?
  • Reaching out across America?
  • Rhetorical abilities?
  • Style and substance?

What kind of nonsense is this? Hitler had a terrific ability in inspire, did he not? How about some *substance* here? Inspire for what?!

What about the 'inclusive' and 'reaching out across America'? Is there anything to this nonsense other than Barak is Black and he wants Whites to vote for him?

Rhetoric, style and substance? Back to Hitler again? No seriously, what kind of substance is Colin Powell talking about?

Turns out it does not matter in the least. You know why? Because,

"he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president"

Really? Even before being elected Obama has ALREADY met the standard of being an exceptional President? Doing what? Just running for the Presidency?!

Colin Powell's endorsement of Barak Obama should displace his disgraceful speech at the UNSC about Iraq (imaginary) weapons of mass destruction as the single dumbest and most inadequate public statement he has ever made.

The fact that Obama immediately reciprocated by offering Powell a position in his cabinet is not even funny. It's scary.

Guys, lets' face it: Obama or McCain - we are screwed.

The Saker