Monday, December 01, 2008

1000-1 Odds Susan Rice Gets Better Press Than Condi Rice

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Condoleeza Rice broke through some serious walls: First Black National Security Advisor and First Black woman to be named Sec State. Add to that Provost at Stanford and the myriad other things she's accomplished, one would have thought she would have been a media darling.

Uh, no. She was ridiculed repeatedly because she is a Republican. Just as Sarah Palin should have been a role model for girls and was incessantly degraded, Condi Rice faced the same thing.

Now with a President-elect who was helped to victory by the media awaiting his inauguration, I will bet that another Rice--Susan Rice--will be the media darling Condi never was:

An ex-National Security Council member and former assistant secretary of state, Susan Rice brings the resume of a Rhodes Scholar-turned-diplomat to the team as she becomes the US face at the United Nations.

The Washington-bred Rice -- no relation to outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- served as member of the national security council during the administration of president Bill Clinton.

She worked as a top foreign policy advisor to the campaign of president-elect Barack Obama prior to her latest appointment; indeed despite far-reaching ties to the Clinton administration, she joined Team Obama when Hillary Clinton was widely seen as frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Now don't get me wrong, Ms. Rice has excellent credentials and seems like a quality candidate. But you will see adulation of her that will make even liberals blush. Adulation that was not bestowed upon Condi.

Remember these?

And I'm guessing that African-American leaders won't be saying things like this about Ms. Rice like they did about Colin Powell and Condi:

1 comment:

robert verdi said...

This is Samantha Power on Susan Rice and the Rwanda Genocide.
At an inter agency teleconference in late April, Susan Rice, a rising start on the NSC who worked under Richard Clarke, stunned a few of the officials present when she asked,"If we use the word genocide and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the mid-term election?