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American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army


Colin Luther Powell was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001–2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Colin Powell Info

Date of BirthApril 5, 1937
Place of BirthNew York City, New York
Spouse (s)Alma Vivian Johnson Powell
Political PartyRepublican
Alma materCity College of New York (B.S.), George Washington University (M.B.A.), Profession
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 The president also has to ... shift the way in which he has been doing things. The American people feel that too many programs have come down. There are so many rocks in our knapsack now that we’re having trouble carrying it. 
— Colin Powell is critical of President Obama / September 19, 2010
 I understand the importance of all of that, But as far as the American people are concerned, the main attack is employment. 
— Colin Powell referring to President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishments. / September 19, 2010
 He has lost some of the ability to connect that he had during the campaign. And it is not just me picking on the president. It’s reflected in the polling. Some of the anxiety and anger that you see out there, I think, comes from a belief on the part of the American people — whether it’s correct or incorrect, and the White House would say it’s incorrect — that ... his singular focus should be on employment. 
— Colin Powell / September 19, 2010
 Some people don’t like what he has done in transformation. And it’s caused him some difficulty. But the fact of the matter is, he did put together a health care reform. It’s not perfect. And I think it’ll have to be fixed over time. And a lot of people are not happy with that health care reform. But he did it. 
— Colin Powell / September 19, 2010

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