After his “Meet the Press” appearance, during which he endorsed Barack Obama, Colin Powell stopped to answer reporters’ questions outside the studio. As it happens, his remarks were nearly as interesting after the program as they were during.



Powell was asked about the relentless negativity of the McCain campaign, and Powell made no effort to hide his disappointment. Perhaps most importantly, Powell noted that the constant right-wing efforts to a) falsely label Obama as a Muslim; and b) make “Muslim” some kind of slur, not only undermines national unity, but also damages America’s standing in the world. “Those types of images going out on Al Jazeera are killing us around the world,” Powell said.