At a quiet ranch in West Texas, two men who are no strangers to Storm Lake spent the day Thursday planning the next administration of the United States.
Despite a maze of recounts, ballot controversies and court actions that could potentially change the outcome of the election, George W. Bush was behaving for all the world like a president-elect. At his side was his apparent choice for Secretary of State, retired General Colin Powell.
While the quest for the presidency is playing out on powerful stages far away, the two men have had their personal impacts on the small city of Storm Lake in this past year.
Powell first discussed the possibility of accepting a cabinet position while in Storm Lake, as the 2000 speaker for the American Heritage Lecture Series on freedom issues in Storm Lake.
Bush came to Storm Lake's defense with a strong statement last January when it was criticized in an anti-immigration advertisement.
Bush remains critical of the ongoing series of anti-immigrant ads by a coalition of interest groups, which he said "is clearly intended to pit people against each other."
Read the rest of this article in the 12/02 Pilot Tribune.