On NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning, General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under the first George W. Bush Administration, and one of the proponents that led this country into the Iraq war, publicly endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President.

And the racists came crawling out from under their rocks.

I have seen dozens of comments about this endorsement that cry that Powell only endorsed Obama because they are both black, or both African Americans. Either way the assumption is dead wrong. First, Obama is only half black, his mother was white. Powell’s forebears were from Jamaica.

Powell is a Republican and as mentioned before Secretary of State under Shrub’s first four years in office. Anybody remember the multimedia show that Powell gave the UN Security Council in the lead up to the war?

Remember the charts and graphics that showed that Saddam had those Weapons of Mass Destruction we kept hearing about?

Powell admitted that he had been misled by faulty intelligence, and eventually left the post of Secretary of State.  He has been probably about the only honest man from Shrubs inner circle. He admitted he was wrong, and that the war was a colossal mistake.

In endorsing Obama, he said that he is a “transformational figure” and that he was ready to be president. Powell also criticized both the Republican Party for it’s leaning more to the right, than he is comfortable with, and John McCain for running a negative campaign. “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.”

It amazes me, but doesn’t surprise me that people seem to feel that race is an issue in Powell’s endorsement of Obama. Do all black politicians stick together? Is there a law stating this must be the case? Of course not. It is ridiculous and racist to assume that Powell has come out for Obama because they share melanin.

Blacks tend to vote for Democrats according to most statistics I have found. SO it is unusual for a black Republican to vote Democrat.

In conclusion I think we have to vote for whomever we think is right for the job. Frankly I feel that man is Barack Obama. McCain is too stuck in the Bush years, to be an effective president. Plus if the worse happened, Sarah “Barracuda” Palin would be president. I think that idea scares me more than Shrub!

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