Top diplomats say Obama presidency would sent a message to the world

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    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Three former US secretaries of state said Monday that Americans would send a huge, powerful and electrifying message to the world if they elect Barack Obama as their first black president.

    Offering foreign policy advice for the next president at a panel in Washington, Republicans James Baker and Colin Powell and Democrat Madeleine Albright all agreed the election of Obama, a Democrat, would be positive.

    "I think electing the first African American president would send a powerful message not just abroad, but within this country as well," Baker, who served President George H.W. Bush in the 1990s, told the audience.

    "Having said that, I have of course endorsed Senator (John) McCain," he said, triggering laughter from the students and diplomats during the CNN-moderated discussion at George Washington University.

    Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton, said: "I think it would send a huge message in terms of what America stands for and in terms of diversity and potential. And I of course am supporting Senator Obama."

    Her remarks triggered both cheers and strong applause.

    Powell said he agreed with his colleagues but said he had not decided for whom to vote yet.

    "I think that there's no question it would send that kind of messge. I think it would be electrifying," said Powell, who served under President George W. Bush during his first term.

    "But at the same time we have to make a judgment here within our country as to which of the candidates brings the right measure of experience and judgment to the task and (who) would be best for America," Powell said.

    "I know them both extremely well and I have not decided whom I'm going to vote for yet," he said.

    "And I'm anxious to see what the debates are going to be like because we have to get off this lipstick on a pig stuff," he said, triggering laughter and applause.

    Former top diplomats say Obama win would send message to world - Yahoo! News
     
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    Well when a well qualified black man presents himself as a Presidential candidate, he might get elected. Hussein ain't that man. Anyway... he's only HALF black.
     
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    right now I'm not really concerned about "the world".

    It's time to put the focus back on America. We should be stopping ALL money flowing from our government to foreign countries. Invest our tax dollars in America. lets fix our own roads, our own schools, pay down our debt first and worry about the rest of the world in 5 or 10 years.
     
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    You ought to be.

    Great idea.

    When did you decide that socialism wasn't entirely a bad thing?
     
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    Silence wanna lick?

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    so he's not black ENOUGH? :cuckoo:
     
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    Doesn't matter to me... it was the writer of the OP that brought it up. :shrug:

    But if he's going to talk about electing a black man, shouldn't that man be "all black?"

    Just sayin'... with the amount of nit picking that goes on, on this board, why not nit pick that?
     
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    What does "all black" mean?
     
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    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

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    Good question, Ravi. It means:

    Hello, I am a complete idiot.

    I CARE about such things as how Black Obama is.

    I care enough about that silly nonsense because I am too stupid to even think about the actual issues facing my nation.
     

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