Colin Powell Jokes He’s Happy To Be Anywhere But The White House
Mount Pleasant, Mich. – Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell, was used to having everything; a private jet, security guards and attention from millions of Americans. Now he has none of that stuff. At some point in his life, Powell was okay with with all those things, but not anymore.
“I have to be honest, where I am in my life, I’m happy to be anywhere else [outside of the White House,]” he joked.
Powell spoke about the transformation of stepping down from the office and relating his life to Dr. King’s on Thursday,on the campus of Central Michigan University, in front thousands of people in McGuirk Arena.
The 75-year-old Bronx native honored Martin Luther King by emphasizing how he was a man of compromise, which was how King was able to affect the world during the Civil Rights Movement.
“King fought a second Civil War,” Powell said, “Because he was a man of peace, he was able to fight and win an intellectual war.”
As the presentation continued, King’s legacy as a leader was compared to the leadership of the United States’ government. Powell explained the characteristics of successful leaders and what is needed from the US government in order to lead the American citizens in the right direction.
“The basis of leadership is trust,” Powell said. “There needs to be trust between followers and between the leader and followers. Without any form of trust, there is no leadership.”
Anthony Cossins, a Holly high school teacher, found his speech inspirational.
“What I love about Colin Powell is he still believes this country has not fulfilled its potential.”
Colin Powell left the university on this note:
“We (this country) will be a leader of the planet and touch every nation.”
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