Powell wrote that, once the tire was fixed, both he and the good Samaritan had to hurry off to Walter Reed for appointments. He didn’t get the man’s name, but the man asked for a selfie.
Powell wrote that he was pleased that the man contacted him via an online message that night.
"Gen. Powell, I hope I never forget today because I’ll never forget reading your books,” the message said. “You were always an inspiration, a leader and statesman. After 33 years in the military you were the giant whose shoulders we stood upon to carry the torch to light the way and now it is tomorrow’s generation that must do the same. Anthony Maggert"
Powell replied to Maggert in his Facebook post.
“Thanks, Anthony. You touched my soul and reminded me about what this country is all about and why it is so great. Let's stop screaming at each other. Let's just take care of each other. You made my day.”
Powell is a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He served as secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2005.