November 5th, 2008
11:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Rice: 'proud' of Obama's victory

 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she is 'proud' of Obama's victory.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she is 'proud' of Obama's victory.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday that the Department of State "will do everything we can" to ensure a smooth transition to President-elect Barack Obama.

Watch: Obama 'inspirational,' Rice says

While noting that Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was "gracious" in his defeat, Rice said, "On a personal note, as an African-American, I am especially proud because this is a country that's been through long journey in overcoming wounds, and making race not the factor in our lives.

"That work is not done, but yesterday was obviously an extraordinary step forward."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. ednadavid

    Good for her!

    November 5, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. mitch

    everyone is proud. except the haters.

    November 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, this is just INCREDIBLE....

    November 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. roland

    Bush in skirt and black skin

    November 5, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Foreign observer

    She always was the smartest mind within the current government.

    November 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. FAYE, NV

    I would like to know who she voted for.

    November 5, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. FAYE, NV

    I would like to know who she voted for.

    November 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. RH

    Thank goodness Obama IS relatively inexperienced and left-leaning. Otherwise, those who oppose him would've been deprived of their best excuses and a much clearer picture of the levels of racism in America would have been revealed for all to see. His name was a blessing on that front, as well.

    November 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Obama4pres

    you get that rigth Condoleeza!

    November 5, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. sf

    Confirmation for me that she voted for Obama!

    November 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. marianna

    It's so obvious who she, the proud Republican and Bush's major officer, voted for

    November 5, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. TangoDancer

    Senator Obama -

    I've been a fervent supporter of you. I must admit though that I have an incredible amount of respect for Ms. Rice. Very few human beings on this planet have the intellectual prowess that she has. I think that it would be a mistake to not allow her to stay in your administration. Undoubtedly, there are many in the Dem party who think differently – but so what. Ms. Rice is outstanding in what she does and can bring an incredible amount of talent to your new administration. I humbly request that you at least consider the possibility of allowing Ms. Rice to stay on board – provided that she would be willing to do so.

    November 5, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. E.

    I voted for Barack Obama as a man, not as an African American man, but because of what he stands for and the integrity he has shown since being nominated by the Democratic party. I think that for All African Americans to be proud of him because they have the same skin color is not looking at the man and his ideals and his hopes for ALL Americans. Please spare me another comment of how proud African Americans are of this country's new President. Let him stand on his own as a man as we have all of our previous presidents. The color of his skin is not what got him elected, nor will it be what makes him a good or great president, only he can do that with the support of the people – ALL of the people.

    November 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Bitter in Texas

    Yes, it's just the first step of many more that will hopefully come. Let's us put away our hurt feelings and work for a United States of America.

    November 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Carl from MI

    I guess all those bloggers on here that kept blasting Obama should now ALSO state that they 'will do everything we can' to ensure a smooth transition to President-elect Barack Obama.

    Anything else would be UNPATRIOTIC... AND AS A REPUBLICAN, YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO APPEAR TO LOOK UNPATRIOTIC WOULD YOU?

    THANK YOU AMERICA... FOR WAKING UP AND VOTING SMART!!

    November 5, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. The Lady

    I am so proud of all us for getting out there and making this happen.

    Thank you, Thank you America.

    November 5, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Seattle Sue

    Bye Condi, go back and take the Mac with you. You betcha

    November 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. the beginning

    AMERICA IS FINALLY UNITED, CONDOLEEZZA, WHO KNOWS YOU COULD BE THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT IN 12 YEARS, BLESS THIS NATION, BLESS BARACK OBAMA.

    November 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. al ohio

    Condoleezza Rice, It would sure be nice to keep you around in some capacity under the Obama presidency. We are all proud.

    November 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Bob Dog

    Her comments are worthy of analysis and contemplation for many reasons.

    Including my belief that had she accepted McCain's offer to be his running mate, he might have won.

    November 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Shari, NY

    Condi, you have a lot of talent but you got caught up with the wrong crowd. The fly on the wall must have seen you voting for That One.

    November 5, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Jos/TN

    President elect Obama's rallies were more represenative of the true America that i see daily, God Bless America/God Bless The World, inclusive

    November 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. blaising

    So typical of Condi...never go out a limb. Does this woman STAND for anything??

    November 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. tiffany in ohio

    she voted OBAMA yeeeaaaahhh booooooyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Jos/TN

    well said,

    November 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7