Barak Obama not only welcomed the endorsement of Colin Powell, but offered to have him serve as an advisor in his administration if he was elected. “He will have a role as one of my advisors. Whether he wants to take a formal role, whether that’s a good fit for him, is something we’d have to discuss.” The Illinois senator expressed surprise at the endorsement saying he had no prior indication the former Bush secretary of state would switch his allegiance to the Republican party.
Powell expressed his regret at disappointing an old friend, Senator McCain, but made clear his disappointment with the selection of Sara Palin as a running mate. As an old warrior, Colin Powell understands the person who is second-in-command must possess similar abilities to that of the commanding general. Palin’s second rate mind and experience would more qualify the Alaska governor for the position of a bird watcher since she spends so much time gazing across the Bering Straits in order to become more knowledgeable concerning Russia.