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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Sunday in an interview with Tom Brokaw. The significance of this was hashed out yesterday: as a Republican retired Army general, Powell adds to Obama’s commander-in-chief cred.
For JCP, who is studying the Middle East at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a different aspect of the endorsement stood out. JCP admired Powell’s emphatic support of Muslim Americans, and he’d like to hear something similar from Obama:
One of my problems with the Obama campaign has been their unwillingness to use some variation on this line to address the “Obama is a secret Muslim” smears. I understand at some tactical level why they don’t - they don’t want to muddy their message, and there are a lot more potentially-paranoid white Christian voters than Muslim voters - but it’s absolutely the right thing to do. And Powell is the most prominent person I’m aware of so far who’s said something to this effect.
He’s not quite dug himself out of the hole from his UN presentation, but this is a big step in the right direction.
Brokaw’s interview with Powell goes on to address the wisdom of that UN presentation and Powell’s 2000 endorsement of Bush/Cheney.tags 2008 barackobama endorsements generalelection islam religion supporters UK