U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks before the United Nations General Assembly meeting, in New York, September 16, 2002. (Reuters/Chip East)

Check out Colin Powell's surprisingly suave selfie

The former secretary of state gets in on throwback Thursday with an old self-portrait

Elias Isquith
March 13, 2014 10:55PM (UTC)

While he still has his supporters, despite his instrumental role in selling the American people on invading Iraq, retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell isn't most people's idea of a tech savant.

Yet the longtime Republican turned Obama-endorser has a talent for upending expectations, which he proved once again on Thursday by posting on Facebook a decades-old picture of himself taking a picture of himself. That's right — way, way back in the 1950s, Colin Powell was taking selfies.


And while it's unlikely that Colin's selfie contribution to "Throwback Thursday" will unseat the reining selfie champion, Ellen Degeneres' star-studded Oscar night group selfie, the chances are good that Powell's foray into the world of social media memes will be the most celebrated since Texts From Hillary.

You can check out Powell's rather well-done selfie below:


Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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