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AARP The Magazine Exclusive: Colin Powell--What's Next?

The Former Secretary of State Speaks Frankly About Iraq, His Future, and Holding Fast to His Ideals

"My parents worked every day of their lives down in the garment district. They were never around. I was a latchkey kid; my sister was a latchkey kid... We saw our parents really only on weekends. It’s the quality of the relationship as opposed to the amount of time. And when you’re with your kids, you’re with your kids."

On what kids today need to succeed:

"What a kid needs is the tribal experience that comes from family. It could be the kind of traditional family we know or some of the nontraditional family units that have come into vogue. You belong to this family and we will not let you fail... Restoration of traditional family would be great, but I think that’s much harder than it might have been 20 or 30 years ago. There are kids who have never had a laptop, with an aunt or a mommy reading to them—that kind of laptop... So you compensate for it with mentoring programs, with Head Start programs, with school programs, with [America’s Promise]."

We hope you will reference the feature on Colin Powell that appears in the July/August issue of AARP The Magazine. For a JPEG of the article or cover, please contact Shawna Seldon, The Rosen Group, 212.255.8455 ext. 12 or Shawna@rosengrouppr.com.

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