Politicos remember Colin Powell
The flags at the White House are at half-staff following the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
President Biden issued a statement saying “”Colin Powell was a good man. He will be remembered as one of our great Americans.”
Powell’s family announced the 84-year-old died Monday morning following complications from covid.
He was fully vaccinated… but had an aggressive form of cancer- putting him more at risk for the deadly virus.
POWELL IS BEING REMEMBERED AS A DISTINGUISHED TRAILBLAZER– IN BOTH THE MILITARY AND THE POLITICAL ARENA.
HE WAS KNOWN FOR making friends on both sides of the aisle.
Sec. Lloyd Austin:<<”I feel as if I have a hole in my heart just learning of this just recently./A man who was respected around the globe and who will be quite frankly, it is not possible to replace a Colin Powell. We will miss him.”>>
Sen. Lindsey Graham:<<”Colin Powell was an American icon. I had the privilege of knowing him for many years and he was a military leader and highly respected diplomat”>>
Powell… previously a Republican… served under several presidents-
TWICE EARNING THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM.
HIS POLITICAL CAREER STARTED under Nixon,
as the youngest-ever chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George H Bush and Clinton and
then as the first Black Secretary of state under President George W Bush.
The current Secretary of State, Antony Blinken offered this praise.
Sec. Antony Blinken: <<“Colin Powell dedicated his extraordinary life to public service because he believed in America. And we believe in America in no small part because it helped produce someone like Colin Powell. Thank you, Mr. Secretary.”>>
Annie Andersen: As did Madeleine Albright who served as Secretary of State just before Powell.
She tweeted, “My heart is sad for I have lost a friend,” adding “I am a better person for having known him, and America is a better place because of him,”
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Powell’s reach went farther than just America, issuing a statement saying, “Colin was a towering figure in American military and political leadership over many years, someone of immense capability and integrity, a hugely likeable and warm personality and a great companion, with a lovely and self-deprecating sense of humour.”
Powell was Born in New York City- to Jamaican immigrant parents,
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said Powell showed that all New Yorkers have the power to be great.
Mayor Bill De Blasio:<<”what we all feel as new yorkers is he was ours he was an example of the greatness of new york city a absolutely classic new york city story.”
Annie Andersen: What do you think of Powell’s passing?
Let me know in the comments below.