Remembering Colin Powell

Posted 10/21/21

“The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and …

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Remembering Colin Powell

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“The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four presidents. He believed in the promise of America because he lived it. And he devoted much of his life to making that promise a reality for so many others.”

— President Joe Biden

 

“Everyone who worked with General Powell appreciated his clarity of thought, insistence on seeing all sides, and ability to execute. And although he’d be the first to acknowledge that he didn’t get every call right, his actions reflected what he believed was best for America and the people he served.”

— Former President Barack Obama

 

“Many Presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel and experience. He was National Security Adviser under President Reagan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under my father and President Clinton, and Secretary of State during my Administration. He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice.”

— Former President George W. Bush

 

“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 humor.

“He was wonderful to work with, he inspired loyalty and respect and was one of those leaders who always treated those under them with kindness and concern.”

— Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair

 

“Colin Powell spent the entirety of his life in service to his country. He was a trusted colleague and dear friend through some very difficult times.”

— Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

 

“As Secretary of State, Colin Powell advanced U.S. values of democracy, diversity, and freedom all around the world. And through his philanthropic work, this son of immigrants raised in the South Bronx set out to expand opportunity for young people, helping them find something they do well and love doing, just as he had found in the U.S. military.”

— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin

 

“Secretary Powell will be remembered for his legacy of service, leadership, and influence, which shaped American foreign policy for the last 30 years. Most importantly, however, Secretary Powell was a family man, instilling in his children the character and integrity for which he was known. Brooke and I send our deepest —

— Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina

 

“Secretary Colin Powell led with integrity and honor. We’re grateful for his service to our country, and our prayers are with his loved ones.”

— North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper

 

“From serving in the military to becoming the country’s first Black Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell devoted his life to serving the United States and we are forever grateful. My prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time. America will never forget his integrity and honor.”

— Congressman David Rouzer

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