Shortly before the 2008 election, the image ran as part of a photo-essay in The New Yorker. A week later, on Meet the Press, General Colin Powell announced that, as a Republican, he would endorse Barack Obama. "He said, 'A photograph changed my mind' and he described this picture," Platon recalls. "He had heard people claiming that Obama is a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. He said, 'First of all he's not a Muslim, he's a Christian. And second, what if he were a Muslim? What's wrong with being a Muslim in America? We are supposed to be a country that's beautiful because of our differences. I saw a picture of an American Muslim, and she gave the greatest sacrifice you could ever give to her country: her son's life.'"