Charlie Buttrey

October 19, 2021

This is not, nor will it ever be, a political blog. I will, thus, forebear on discussing my thoughts about Colin Powell’s 2003 speech to the United Nations in the lead-up to the American invasion of Iraq.

Instead, I leave with you these sentiments, passed along by another attorney about Powell, who was born in Harlem to Jamaican immigrant parents:

I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Colin Powell. I always admired him. I actually had the chance to meet with him and speak with him and then introduce him on stage because we had him as a keynote speaker at a big conference that we were hosting.

I’m standing in the green room with him and I said ,”Good morning, General how are you today? And he said “Rich I am a humble man, but I am feeling like this is a pretty good day!” I said “Why?” He said “Well, you know how much you’re paying me for the speech and I’m giving two today” [$50k x]. I shared in a magazine that my whole life I always wanted a Corvette and never thought I would ever be able to afford one. I got a phone call from the CEO of Chevrolet this morning and they are giving me a brand new Corvette and said it would be their honor for me to be driving it. I also found out today that I’ve been named one of the sexiest man alive over the age of 50. And when it got out that I was here in Washington DC today I got a phone call from the White House and I am invited to the state dinner and will be sitting at the table with the President of the United States and the president of China.”

And I said, “So let me get this straight: you’re getting paid $100,000 for two hours worth of work, you’ve been gifted a brand new Corvette, you’re one of the sexiest man alive and you are having dinner with two of the most powerful people in the world in the White House, is that about right?” And he said “Can you believe it? Only in America.”

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