November 5th, 2008
11:53 AM ET
5 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. CincyDarling

    Condi, thanks for being BIG ENOUGH to see the vision; it's the least you could do.

    November 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Condi Rocks

    Excellent and Gracious Comments.

    Condi-Palin in 2012 !

    I'm Glad we have this "race" thing behind us
    and it is NOT a factor anymore...

    Does that mean we can actually get rid of the "token" laws now?
    and special benefits for "race" ?
    Since we are ALL one Race Now...

    But then the Jesse and Rev Wright would be out of Jobs if that happened...

    November 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. frank

    Condi...part of the worst administration in history. Goodbye Condi...no job for you in this one. Maybe Uncle Dick will give you a job at Haliburton.

    November 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. CR in WI

    Ms. Rice did a poor job of understanding middle east issues prior to 9/11, and possibly her neglect allowed those attacks. That being said, she likely is now as knowlegable as anyone on the region. Her multiple trips to the region enow her with personal ties that can facilitate progress. She knows the players, she knows the issues, and to neglect that knowledge would be a step backward. I would not recommend keeping her on as secretary of state, but as a well paid consultant.

    Yes we did!

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

    Obama's victory signifies a movement,an awakening going back what this country truly stands for.It is a sure redefining moment.The country has been driven down the wrong path by a few who misttook our nationalism and patriotism to be an approval of arrogant isolationism.Thanks to the majority of smart and intelligent Americans we have put ourselves back on the path to be a part of the global progress and uphold principles where we will live and let live.There is no reason any one person should go without basic needs amidst plenty:food,shelter and health care.Yes ,we can!

    November 5, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Angela

    If McCain had picked her instead of Palin, he might be the victor today. I'm glad Obama won but I'm sad McCain's choice of women wasn't a little more inspired.

    November 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. john

    Obama would be very very wise to keep her on in her current position. I would show the world we are still tough but fair and the US that he REALLY wants what is best for ALL, not just the DEMO Party.

    November 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Obama Anti-Christ 08!

    Today more than ever I am supremely upset that the American people can be so ignorant as to vote for a man like Obama.. who brings false hopes to young minds. For everyone who makes a decne tamount of money, enjoy it while it last because it wont last long. the only "Change" that will happen to this country is a "Divide" between us. We will now have worse times than ever. I am a Soldier in the United Sates Army who is in danger of losing the job i love due to the military being cut back 32%. is that really necessary in a time of crisis like we have now? I will never render a salute to a man that is not proud of his country or doesn't show the proper respect for the American Flag..especially one who will run it! The better man did not win the election, and now every ignorant soul who voted for him will be in denial within the upcoming few months to years

    November 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. zippy in daytona

    we are one terrorist attack away from BOTH candidates in the next presidential election being african american

    November 5, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Kristine

    I wish I could have admired her more – an African-American in her position, a pianist (like me!), very smart lady – but she was joined at the hip with Bush and his policies. I wish she had been able to achieve better things than she did, but I thank her and look forward to a united America without barriers. It's a new day!

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Yes, we did!

    Pray for the haters, cause this is a truly an event that will go down in the history books, not just for African Americans, but for all mankind. Obama is not a man who sees color, but a man who represents unity and equality for all, even the haters. God Bless America!

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Jay (Ohio)

    Response to E: Unfortunately it is something that you will not be able to understand. Blacks know that Mr. Obama is for ALL people. But our country is over 200 years old and finally we see someone who has come from where we come from & who looks like us and you know what?

    We can't help but be proud because he is black...no disrespect to you...but as an educated black man who was reared by his grandmother and who like Mr. Obama faces daily scrutiny....We are proud

    Give us our moment please.

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Karen

    Sorry Condi...to little too late.

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Linda Carpenter, Phoenix, Arizona

    Condoliar had just as much blame for this illegal and immoral war in which we murdered 100s of thousands of innocent Iraqia- she wa supposd to be in charge but ignored the warnings that Bin Laden (or was it Dick Cheney) wanted to attack the US using jets as bombs?

    She has been nothing but a yes woman to Bush, has lied to Americans and has no ethics beyond her own greed for expensive shoes and power.

    No, never, will she be part of the new government. It will not tolerate liars and murderers.

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Canadian for America

    The world is proud of this new direction taken by your country.

    Thanks for giving us hope once more. America is open for business again. The world is now waiting for your leadership.

    Welcome back, we have missed you.

    God Bless America!

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Proud American

    I am amazed that most Americans whether coloured or white, young and old, for or against Obama have actually united! This is a testament to what unity can bring to our country! We can be better people, we can be a more popular nation by loving our own people!!

    Thank GOD Obama won last night!! I couldn't help but shed a few tears of my own!

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. frank

    Condi as VP???? Are you nuts?

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Gayle

    Good for her. I haven’t seen her smile like this in a long time. This is an extraordinary and intelligent woman. As an African American woman I am very proud of what she has been able to accomplish in the administration.

    November 5, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Croatian

    I was pretty sure McCain will win because I believe he's more representative for you cowboys. However, I'm glad I was wrong.

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. MATTIE THOMAS

    I sincerely believe that the election of Obama-a change is going to take place not only in America, but throughout the world, because our nation showed the world what can happen when people work together and how it can transform people and everybody work for one cause of unity. We all realize that our country and other countries throughout the world have serious problems and they cannot be solved overnight. It's going to take time and perhaps Barack will not be able to do it all in four years, but he will make progress if we all work together. People want a change here and abroad. Judging from the foreign countries and their reactions to this election-they are ready for a change. My best wishes to Barack, Michelle and her family.

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. ANAG LOS ANGELES, CA

    good for her... good for him..... good for all of us!!!

    two long years!

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. LS, Austin, Texas

    Obama derserved to win – they did an excellent job in bringing the message aross the board, with positive influence of the necessary change this county so needs.

    What a lesson to be learned – that you can get ahead in life if you present ugliness steaming ahead 100 miles per hour.

    Great Job from the Obama team.

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. selene

    The election is over. Let's get to the business of getting our country on track. And, oh yeah I voted for McCain.

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. edd

    We are all proud. Good for her for saying that.

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. McShame

    Condi....always good for a few sound bites on TV but like the Bush administration that she represents nothing else.

    November 5, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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