“FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (AFP) — Democrat Barack Obama won the coveted endorsement of former secretary of state Colin Powell Sunday as he entered the final fortnight before election day flush with cash to unleash against Republican John McCain.
“The Illinois senator, who is riding high in the polls ahead of the November 4 election, more than doubled his fundraising record with a mammoth September haul of more than 150 million dollars, aides said.
“The extravaganza of giving enabled Obama to demolish his previous one-month record of 66 million dollars in August, which had already set him fair to hit McCain hard with a nationwide advertising blitz in the closing stages.
“The Republican Powell, on NBC program ‘Meet the Press,’ said Obama had ‘met the standard’ to be commander-in-chief ‘because of his ability to inspire’ Americans of all ages and ethnic and political stripes.
“‘I think he would be a transformational president. For that reason I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama,’ said Powell, who was the first African-American to serve as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
Obama wins Powell endorsement and massive cash haul, APF, October 19, 2008
“…because of his (Obama’s) ability to inspire’ Americans of all ages and ethnic and political stripes.”
Bravo, General Powell. You just said something I can agree with you on. Welcome to the side of Truth, Justice and the American Way.
(Oh, by the way, $2,340 of that $150M Obama raised in September was from Mr. Dan Kelly’s Horrorshow fundraiser, which was so divine, it was divune. Just FYI, y’know?)