Presume if Colin Powell ran for the oval office and manage to persuade the media and the public interest to vote for him, and after the inauguration, how would it play out differently under a Powell administration? Colin Powell, (born April 5, 1937), is a United States statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American (well part African) appointed to that position. He also served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.