‘A Genuine American Hero’: The Death of Colin Powell Sets Off Massive Bipartisan Tribute

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Tributes are pouring in from members of Congress, journalists, and others following the death of Colin Powell.

Powell, who — despite being fully vaccinated — died from Covid-19 Monday at the age of 84, was lauded Monday morning as a trailblazer, and a towering figure in American life. He served as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs under former President George W. Bush. He was the first African American to hold those positions.

In a statement, the former President honored Powell, who he lauded as “a family man and a friend.”

Statement from President George W Bush on Colin Powell: pic.twitter.com/qMxNMDq0RU

— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) October 18, 2021

Until recently, Powell was
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