Powell's Obama vs. McCain's Obama

If you haven’t seen this clip of Powell endorsing Obama, I highly recommend. It is a great example of the type of statesmanship and class the American political system is capable of (and yet so often does not achieve). I’m wrestling to think of a similar moment when a former Canadian political figure has been as eloquent and purposeful as Powell is in this clip. But then, it seems we generally put our old political figures out to pasture.

Money line – “All villages have values, all towns have values, not just small towns have values.” (take that Palin)

In contrast, below is perfect caricature of how McCain wants Americans to see Obama. His sleaze campaign – the one that helped cost him Powell’s endorsement – is working hard to create this image. Black rage? McCain wishes… if anything has defined this election its been McCain’s rage. (clip from Chasing Amy by Kevin Smith, it may not be for everyone).

6 thoughts on “Powell's Obama vs. McCain's Obama

  1. Max Cameron

    For all of Powell's eloquence and his acceptance of the need for “generational change,” I would have still liked to see a more honest response to the WMD question. For someone to be so entangled in the Bush Doctrine might not be good for democrats. I guess the question comes down to this: Can the American public forgive Powell for his complicity in 2001, or will his endorsement of Obama serve to undermine the Bush-McCain connection that Obama's camp has been so meticulously crafting since this contest began?

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  2. Brenton

    Wow. I am well impressed with Colin Powell. Erudite, calm, thoughtful. We get Chretien and his golf balls…(admittedly a very funny piece of political theatre, one that had me cheering him on).

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  3. Brenton

    Max: I don't quite follow. Do you think there are undecided voters out there that, having seen this interview, will now vote for McCain because Powell is associated with the Bush White House and the invasion of Iraq? How will this endorsement undermine the Bush-McCain connection?

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  4. Max Cameron

    For all of Powell's eloquence and his acceptance of the need for “generational change,” I would have still liked to see a more honest response to the WMD question. For someone to be so entangled in the Bush Doctrine might not be good for democrats. I guess the question comes down to this: Can the American public forgive Powell for his complicity in 2001, or will his endorsement of Obama serve to undermine the Bush-McCain connection that Obama's camp has been so meticulously crafting since this contest began?

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  5. Brenton

    Wow. I am well impressed with Colin Powell. Erudite, calm, thoughtful. We get Chretien and his golf balls…(admittedly a very funny piece of political theatre, one that had me cheering him on).

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  6. Brenton

    Max: I don't quite follow. Do you think there are undecided voters out there that, having seen this interview, will now vote for McCain because Powell is associated with the Bush White House and the invasion of Iraq? How will this endorsement undermine the Bush-McCain connection?

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