Opinion: Colin Powell’s hip hop endorsement?


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Time for a break from the McCain-Obama tussle for the White House. Sort of.

This picture of former Secretary of State Colin Powell gettin’ down on stage with Nigerian rap stars at the Africa Rising Festival is, in fact, not Photoshopped. It’s just funny. So no biting commentary to make about it because after all, Powell is just being a good sport.

Or is he? Fox News sees ominous signs in the general’s impromptu boogie. It posits that because Powell not only ‘showed off hip hop moves,’ but audibly referred to himself as ‘African American’ while on stage in London, all the signs are present for him to soon endorse Barack Obama for president. Well, who knows? Powell did say he would wait to hear from both candidates before throwing his support behind one of them, and their last debate is tonight.


Frankly, the photo made me think of Karl Rove. Remember the deputy chief of staff’s cameo appearance at the Washington Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner last year? Here’s the video of MC Rove, um...well...we’ll call it rapping.

* Photos: Colin Powell, Joel Ryan/AP. Karl Rove, Ron Edmonds/AP