My head isn't exploding; I haven't noticed any other heads exploding in Washington, D.C.Powell criticizes Cheney's 'cheap shots' Aug 28, 2011
I mean he takes great credit for my resignation in 2004. Well President Bush and I had always agreed that I would leave at the end of 2004, after the electionPowell criticizes Cheney's 'cheap shots' Aug 28, 2011
The president also has to, I think, shift the way in which he has been doing things. I think the American people feel that too many programs have come down. There are so many rocks in our knapsack now that we're having trouble carrying itPowell: Obama needs to focus on employment Sep 19, 2010
It's a great system but it's in some disarray right now and the American people are looking for their leaders to fix itPowell: Obama lifted a collapsing economy Feb 21, 2010
I think he has done quite a few things well to stabilize the situationPowell: Obama lifted a collapsing economy Feb 21, 2010
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Colin Luther Powell (pronounced /ˈkoʊlɨn/; born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War. He was the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Colin Luther Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in Harlem, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Jamaican immigrant parents Maud Arial (née McKoy) and Luther Theophilus Powell. He also has Scottish ancestry. Powell was raised in the South Bronx and attended Morris High School, a former public school in the Bronx, from which he graduated in 1954. While at school, he worked at a local baby furniture store where he picked up Yiddish from the shopkeepers and some of the customers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the City College of New York in 1958 and was a self-admitted C average student. He was later able to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the George Washington University in 1971, after his second tour in Vietnam.