Colin Powell: Original selfie taker

We are admittedly a little late to the party on this, but in case you somehow missed it as it swept the Internet on Thursday, former secretary of state Colin Powell revealed himself to be an original selfie taker — 60 years before “selfie” was part of the American lexicon.

Powell posted on his Facebook page a black and white photo he’d taken of himself in a mirror with the caption: “Throwback Thursday — I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen! The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (A reference, of course, to Ellen’s Twitter-busting selfie of Oscar front-row celebs.

The picture, of a teenage Powell, is pretty fabulous:


(Colin Powell Facebook page)

In other Powell-related news, a Clinton adviser was apparently afraid that the decorated general could outshine the president at a Summit on Service in 1997, according to previously unseen Clinton administration documents released Friday afternoon.

Benjamin Barber theorized that Powell could use the philanthropic advocacy to “run against you and the Vice-President on what should be YOUR issue.”

Barber continued, in a memo, that it was laudable to include Powell and President George H.W. Bush at the summit in the spirit of bipartisanship, but that there could be a political price. Powell had almost run as a Republican in the 1996 presidential campaign, and was considered a threat to future Democratic presidential candidates.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.

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