Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Remembering the ‘warrior statesman’ Colin Powell

Judy Woodruff:

As we discussed earlier, today at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Secretary of State Colin Powell gathered to commemorate him.

Among the guests were Presidents Biden, Obama and Bush, as well as another Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

While some of Powell’s favorite songs were played, several people who knew him well shared stories of who he was as a statesman, friend and father.

Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State: My heart is sad because I have lost a friend.

He and I were shaped by different experiences, had different ideas, and represented different departments. But we have also become very close friends over the past quarter century. The reason is that behind this glossy appearance of the warrior-statesman was one of the softest and most decent people we have ever met.

Richard Armitage, former US Undersecretary of State: Secretary Powell, General Powell, Colin, KP, whatever you know him.

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And she was visiting the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Anna Lind. And she knew about Secretary Powell’s affection for ABBA. So she opened the complete set of ABBA CDs and gave it to him.

Colin immediately dropped to one knee and sang the entire Mamma Mia.

(SINGING)

Michael Powell, son of Colin Powell: Not long ago, he was driving his Corvette on the ring road and had a flat tire.

A young disabled veteran saw him and stopped to help. A few days later, to thank him for his help, my father invited the vet and his entire family to his place for lunch.

I heard he was asked, are we still making it? I believe that the answer to this question depends on us.

I hope that we will regain the status of the nation in which we still produce it. Colin Powell was a great lion with a big heart. We will miss him terribly.

(SINGING)

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