Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Nov 2001, 7:56 a.m.

There's this great photo in Bob Woodward's The Choice (his…

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There's this great photo in Bob Woodward's The Choice (his book on the 1996 US presidential election). Colin Powell is speaking at some press conference with downcast eyes and, on the right, a woman, presumably his wife, is crying. The caption goes something like, "Colin Powell announced in a press conference on February 31, 1996, that he would not run for President. He also revealed that he is a Republican."

The way the photo and caption go together, the woman seems to be weeping, and Powell ashamed, because he has just outed himself as a Republican. Quite funny.