Sometimes when a guy breaks up with his girlfriend, you can infer what he thought of her shortcomings by the traits and qualities of his next girl. There are elements of over compensation at work. In other words, the subsequent slag makes a nun of her predecessor.
So it is with great interest that I watched Colin Powell’s endorsement of Senator Obama. If you ever wondered what General Powell thought of President Bush, consider his praise of Obama
I watched [Senator Obama] during [the economic crisis]. And he displayed a steadiness, an intellectual curiosity, a depth of knowledge and an approach to looking at problems like this and picking a vice president that, I think, is ready to be president on day one. And also, in not just jumping in and changing every day, but showing intellectual vigor. I think that he has a, a definitive way of doing business that would serve us well. (emphasis added.)
The intellectual curiousity remark corroborates well with Ron Suskind’s 2004 thesis about Bush’s unwavering certainty. In any case, the entire 7-minute clip on Meet the Press is worth watching. Everything this man says is reasonable. For example, he nails the Obama-is-a-secret-muslim issue:
I’m also troubled by … what members of the [Republican] party say…. such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America. (emphasis added.)