Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama is not a surprise. For American blacks, race transcends everything, ALL the time.
It doesn't matter if a black man is charge. The left wing of this country will continue to keep blacks locked on the Great American Entitlement Plantation. But as long as they keep the black man by promising to give enough freebies and handouts, and constantly convincing him that all of his problems are someone else's fault, the left will continue to collect 97% of the votes from 14% of the population.