November 5th, 2008
11:53 AM ET
9 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."

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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Nina in Orlando

    I wish we knew who she voted for.

    November 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. rharris

    "always the smartest mind within the current government" - not saying much if you include "insight and sensitivity" as part of being "smart" -- IQ, probably high, but then again same for Cheney and Rove - it's just not enough.

    November 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Lady LIz

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's intelligence and ability has made a significant contribution towards eliminating race as a factor. Although, I am definitely not a fan of the Bush administration, I do have a great deal of respect for Ms Rice. I think Obama would be wise to find a place for her in his administration.

    November 5, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Joe in Austin

    But when Michelle Obama was proud to see racial divisions overcome, that somehow was unamerican.

    November 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. mama4obama

    Every American should be proud. America is finally growing up. We have spoken and have said enough is enough. It is our time to step up to the plate and hit it out of the park. Those who have been filled with hope will far outweight the negativity of the nonbelievers.

    I was truly overwhelmed with happiness as Obama was elected POTUS. I was part of this movement and will remember it for the rest of my life.

    November 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Faith, hope and charity

    To those who are still chewing those sour grapes, it is time to throw them out and help Obama rebuild this country. Someone had the audicity to say that Obama will ruin the country as if it is not already in tatters.

    November 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. walterl

    She won't get one of the welfare handouts though.....unlike a lot of other jokers who think the new pseudo-socialism will pay their freakin' bills~

    November 5, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. ima

    I wish Marin luther King was alive to see his dream for ONE AMERICA come true.

    November 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Sam

    No one would be happier than Rush Limbaugh...His job is secure for the next 4 years, at least, bashing the Dems, that he is so good at. He has an uncanny ability of connecting Dems to just about every problem in any remote corner of the world using his tortured logic.

    November 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. JB

    I am proud that we have gotten beyond race. I voted for the person right for the job, not the person my peers thought I should vote for.

    November 5, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. sabuc for Obama

    Graceful in defeat is about the only redeeming thing she can offer. Thanks Condi.

    November 5, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Frank

    One good step crossing the color barrier. Another good step would be that ALL should unite as brothers

    November 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. 30-m-PA-voted McCain

    I have a feeling many voted for Obama just because they wanted to witness an historic event. If so, as a result of this kind of decision making, I believe the next 4 years will be historic, but I'm not so sure it will be positive.

    November 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. tasmania

    She is very smart, so by praising Obama she would like people to remember her as the first Africal American secretary of state, big deal. Good luck in advance for your book, which will be published in 2 years.

    November 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. GOP Lost

    She could have made the GOP a winner if
    McC ain chose her for his VP running mate versus Sarah Palin

    November 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Patrick

    Obama is already deliverying on his promise to bring all people together. During the campaign, some prominent Republicans endorsed his candidacy. Most Independents voted for him. He's a man who wants to bring a notable change to the American political history. Foreign leaders are rejoicing on Obama's victory.

    November 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. ralph

    How sad that some Americans cannot look past the colour of skin and see that Obama by defeating The Clinton machine was a wake up call for them to take him seriouly.

    If Coddie had voted for McCain then what excuse would you think of next.

    I guess Joe six pack would have been a better fit for President

    As for the Bush in skirt and Black skin only wish...stick to your day job.

    November 5, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. STR

    I never post on these things, but I have to say my peace on this issue. Now that we have moved beyond racism in this country (Hallelujah!), the next barrier to fall needs to be sexism. Seriously, every man and woman in America ought to be asking themselves why the two women candidates in this presidential race were treated so poorly. I am a registered Democrat and a lifelong feminist and I was appalled by the equal opportunity garbage that was heaped on both Clinton and Palin. It was outrageous and there is no excuse for it. My daughters have learned that should they enter the political arena they can expect to be unfairly attacked by the media, men, women, and members of their own party! Let’s think long and hard about those Sarah Palin “porn” jokes, HRC’s “shrillness”, Palin’s “Caribou Barbie” description. In Palin’s case, where was the defense from the feminist community? Are we really prepared to only support women who agree with us? That’s not how I define feminism. I disagreed with Palin on many, many issues (particularly social ones), but I still respect her right to disagree with me. Don’t get me wrong, I think Obama is an inspiration to us all. But let’s not forget that gender bias is still alive and well. Women earned the right to vote decades after African American men did…. Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long to elect a woman president.

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. phyllis

    hold on to you purses and bill folds they will probably take them too
    everybody just think they pay taxes not just wait somebody that was never proud to be American what is obama thinking now
    we are in a sad state now everybody wearing black today (guess we shud be wearing white)

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. karen-phoenix

    God Bless Obama/Biden and the USA!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. J.Gordon

    Our eight-year National fever has finally broken and now we can heal this great nation of ours.

    I am giddy with happiness AND very much enjoying watching the neo-cons and right-wing republicans in their shock and despair. This narrow-minded minority has navigated at the helm for too long, nearly sinking the rest of us forever.

    The Bush/Cheney Administration broke this country and ironically in their utter ignorance and debacle paved the way for this great moment in our nation's history.

    Thank you America. AND thank you Barack Obama. My only wish is that your grandmother could have seen this day.

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Tom

    If the Republicans continue this Palin 2012 nonsense they will surely lose. As much as I disagree with her on policy, they should be thinking Condi 2016. She is brilliant, has experience, and has appeal to the middle amd across the aisle. Plus she represents the more rational part of the Republican party, not those wacky evangelicals. She just needs about 8 years to distance herself from Bush...

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |

    Bless this country and all who voted whether gop or dem. now on to the hard work of cleaning up the mess of the last eight years.
    bring the troops home as soon as feasible.

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. No Hillary = No Obama

    This woman should go hide her head in shame and she would be lucky if she is not tried for war crimes.

    November 5, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Howard

    It confounds me that some people have labeled the President-elect as "untested" and "inexperienced." Barack Obama endured the longest and most grueling Presidential campaign in history, and emerged the landslide winner of the election. He won, in no small part, because he always kept a cool head whether he was ahead or behind, and regardless of how many were attacking his candidacy. He never stuck his foot in his mouth, and he and his family have suffered through some of the nastiest and slimiest comments made against them ever made in a Presidential campaign since the early 1800's.

    It's over now, so let's all get behind Obama, just as all of us would have also been expected to get behind McCain had he won.

    November 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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