Updates including new video of Gen. Powell at the end of the post.
On Meet the Press moments ago Gen. Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Barack Obama for president. Gen. Powell ha advised the last three Republican presidents. This is amazing and follows the Obama campaign's announcement of its fundraising totals for September.
David Plouffe, Barack's campaign manager, reported the news to supporters via a special online video update. The average contribution was $86. The previous record was $66 million set by the Obama campaign in August. The total number of people that have contributed to the campaign is 3.1 million.
This news will undoubtedly make the McCain/Palin campaign and the GOP go apoplectic. They will unleash a wave of racist, xenophobic and slanderous attacks against Barack and Joe Biden unlike anything we have seen in recent presidential campaigns. Already McCain has hired three of the attack machine specialists who spread the lies and innuendo that sunk McCain's presidential campaign in 2000. Among the lies they spread during the 2000 South Carolina primary was that the Bangladeshi child that McCain and his wife Cindy adopted was McCain's illegitimate Black daughter. If they are were willing to go after a member of their own party like this, can you imagine the bile they are prepared to unload against Barack?
I think that Senator Obama brings a fresh set of eyes, fresh set of ideas to the table. I think that Senator McCain, as gifted as he is, is essentially going to execute the Republican agenda, the orthodoxy of the Republican agenda with a new face and a maverick approach to it, and he'd be quite good at it, but i think we need more than that.
Update II: Gen. Powell on McCain and Palin
In the case of Mr.McCain I found that he was a little unsure as to how to deal with the economic problems that we are having. And almost everyday there was a different approach to the problem and that concerned me. Its the sensing that he did have a complete grasp of the economic problems that we had.
And I was also concerned at the selection of Gov Palin. She is a very distinguished woman and she should be admired. But at the same time now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks I don't believe she is ready to be president of the United States which is the job of the vice-president. And, so that raised some question in mind as to the judgment that Sen. McCain made.
Update III: Gen. Powell talks to reporters after his endorsement of Sen. Obama
Speaking about the domestic and international issues facing the country, Gen. Powell said:
...those are the problems the American people wanted to hear about, not about Mr. Ayers, not about who is a Muslim and who is not a Muslim. Those kinds of images going out on al Jazeera are killing us around the world. And we have got to say to the world, it doesn't make any difference who you are or what you are, if you're an American you're an American. And this business of, for example a congresswoman from Minnesota going around saying let's examine all congressmen to see who is pro America or not pro America, we have got to stop this kind of non-sense and pull ourselves together and remember that our great strength is in our unity and diversity. That really was driving me.