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‘A great lion with a big heart’: Colin Powell honored at funeral

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President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush stand during the funeral of former Secretary of State Colin Powell at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

AP Photo/Andrew Harnick

WASHINGTON (AP) – Friends, family and former colleagues at the Colin L. Powell, the leading military-diplomat who rose from humble Bronx beginnings to become the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later served. As the first black secretary of state.

The funeral on a sunny and chilly day attracted dignitaries and friends from a wide political and military spectrum. These included former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, former Secretary of State James Baker, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, as well as others. service chiefs.

Richard Armitage, who shared a 40-year friendship with Powell and served as Powell’s deputy secretary of state, recalled Powell’s “sense of humour, his insatiable curiosity, and his comfort in his own skin.”

Madeleine Albright, Powell’s predecessor at the State Department, said that despite their differences in background, she and Powell became close friends.

“It stands to reason that beneath the gleaming exterior of the warrior statesman, he was one of the gentlest and most civilized people we’ve ever met,” Albright said.

“Colin Powell was a great lion with a big heart,” eulogizing Powell’s son Michael. Read the whole story here:


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