POWELL…. Former President Bush’s Secretary of State had some insights on today’s historic events that are worth reading.

Colin Powell, the former Bush administration Secretary of State and now head of America’s Promise, called Barack Obama’s election to the nation’s highest office a “reaffirmation of American principles values that will help us overcome some of the difficulties of recent years with respect to the attitude of the world toward us.”

Speaking with CBS News Managing Editor Katie Couric, Powell said America’s prestige abroad has improved since Mr. Obama won a decisive victory over Senator John McCain.

“I think it has really, really been an remarkable event in terms of getting everybody to stand back and say, look at what we have seen here in America,” Powell said. “The America we remember is back again.”

I’ve seen quite a bit of disapproval of George W. Bush today — some direct, some less so — but seeing Powell herald the return of the “America we remember” — you know, before the last eight or so years — strikes me as fairly devastating criticism.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.