In his address, he reminded the 450 graduates of the many historical events happening on a daily basis at the moment.
But Powell’s favorite current event isn’t the recent growth in employment, or even the slaying of bin Laden.
Instead, he told the Orangeburg crowd, Powell was especially pleased “when Pres. Obama took out his birth certificate and blew away Donald Trump and all the birthers!”
The stadium crowd responded with wild applause and cheers.
Obama’s long-form birth certificate was released by the State of Hawaii on Apr. 27, and after two years of doubt expressed by some who became known as “birthers” for claiming the president was not a U.S. citizen.
Potential Republican presidential candidate Trump expressed his own "birther" doubt for some weeks prior to the official release.
Following the address, Powell was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from SCSU President Dr. George Cooper. Earlier that same day, the retired four-star general was inducted into the hall of fame of the university’s ROTC.
Only two weeks before the 2008 election, Powell severed his GOP ties with endorsement of Obama.