Click on the corresponding images below to read the following:  An ICON MANN Original piece, The Audaciousness of Obama: Just the Facts; and TIME Magazine's 1995 interview with COLIN POWELL, "The Colin Powell Factor".

The Audaciousness of Obama: Just The Facts.  An ICON MANN Original.

President Barack Hussein Obama was elected to the highest office in the United States of America on November 4, 2008. On that day, he became the first Black President of the United States, and on his inauguration day, January 20, 2009, he inherited a plethora of national problems ranging from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Bush administration’s War on Terror (i.e., the international military campaign initiated after the September 11th attacks). In front of him, from day one, lay a country with problems in education—in 2008 the dropout rate for African Americans and Hispanics, ages 16-24, was 9.9% and 18.3%, respectively—the economy—in fiscal year 2009, which started about four months before Obama's presidency began with a deficit $1.4 billion, roughly 9.8 percent of GDP—health care—42 million people were uninsured in 2013, Guantanamo Bay, and national civil rights for the  LGBT community, and more. And, though some of these issues were faced by Presidents before, President Obama seemed to have all of them culminating into one gigantic storm that the Republican Right placed solely on his shoulders despite the actions of previous Presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush Sr. that led the country to where it was long before President Barack Hussein Obama took office.  

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The Colin Powell Factor

One of the things that makes America great is our history of transformative, undeniable leaders in the 20th Century. Former Four Star General, and Secretary of State Colin Powell is one such man. He is an American hero, a humanitarian, and dare I say the seismic shift that the Republican Party sorely needs if its interests now, or has ever been about the best standard of living for the American people. This country needs a future President whose primary focus is altruistic and not narcissistic. Because after all Leaders of people, and nations should be of the people, in the trenches. 

ICON MANN is non-partisan. We are observers with singularity on magnificent Blackness. The kind of Blackness shaped by society, for worse and better, that has informed the global image of Black men. In canvasing the overall members of the GOP, Mr. Powell is hands down the answer, just as he has been since 1995’s Presidential season when Time Magazine asked the question, ‘Will He Run?!’ I don’t know about you, but if you do lean to the Right in a significant way, maybe it is time to write in COLIN POWELL FOR PRESIDENT. 

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