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. KJL

    I always thought Secretary Rice would be the first African-American president, as it was clear Colin Powell had no plans to run. Rice is an amazing diplomat.

    November 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. joe rossi

    Karl Rove, John McCain, Condi Rice ... all Republicans that have
    impressed me with their graciousness and/or intellectual integrity

    November 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. ladyc803

    Thank you Ms. Rice...I know you voted for Pres. Barrack too! :)

    November 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Saad from NJ

    Thank you Condi.... you are the best... but listen, don't you start getting funny ideas about 2012.... you are a nice person but you ain't no Obama.... not even close.... so don't even think about it, please... for your own and for our country's sake. thanks Condi.

    November 5, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Red

    no, she shouldn't be in Obama administration, In Obama administration we d'ont reward failure, name one thing that she did in eight years, that any american can be proud of.
    No, there is none. She might be more responsible than bush in what happen in this country because she suppose to be smarter than him

    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. I will not

    I and others will not get behind Obama if
    -He refuses to acknowledge life begins at conception
    -He increases my taxes to later give it to Americans that can do it on thier own, but refuse to
    -He refuses to work with Conservatives (The heartland of America)
    -He infuses any important choices with Black Liberation Theology
    -He involves questionable people from his past
    -He does not support Israel (in keeping it safe)
    -He pulls our troops out of Iraq before stability has been achieved.

    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. ken

    Democrats are so easily pushed to hate. Condi Rice, an african american woman has worked hard in service to her country. Because she is a republican she is discounted as less than a person by the dems that blog here. Perhaps you should live the rhetoric you put forth!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. from india

    you are a great country on earth dear America, You have lived up to your promise of an America that values its citizenry for whatever they are not whatever they appear. Bravo; great America and show the world,the way to prosperity

    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. mary

    Is the African American community proud of the fact the Senator Obama is pro abortion and pro gay marraige?
    I voted those issues because the morality of this country is what drives us.
    Health care , the economy , the war etc.. will all work itself out through our democratic process and either candidate would have been good for that .
    However, blatant rebellion against the will of God will be this country's ultimate demise.

    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Richard Nixon

    I am rolling over in my grave knowing that Senator John McCain and the Republican party lost this Presidential election. I am coming back from the dead to run for the Republican party in 2012.

    Best Wishes,

    Richard M. Nixon

    November 5, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Joe - NY

    No need for excuses. I love in the best country in the world and take advatage of it's freedoms and liberties. Most Americans make excuses and refuse to live the dream and it's ashame. Getting checks from the government unfortunately won't be good enough, BUT I'm hopeful this election will inspire them to live the dream. It's too easy not to now, but like I said NO MORE EXCUSES

    November 5, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. newmainium

    Is she proud of Obama because he is of African arab descent because he sure isn't black!! ""Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother's side and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father's side""I think it is sad that a large part of Obama's African American support voted only along racial lines and not his views.

    November 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Living in America!

    It's been a long time coming, but I know, a change is gone come, oh, yes it will! God Bless America!

    November 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Tarif

    Obama is the change needed in Washington. The American people have shown that they can look past race although obama did not win the majority of the white votes, however the statistics clearly show that the younger age groups are moving away from race as a factor in elections.

    I feel sorry for McCain because Bush gave him a car without an engine and wheels and sent him off to race. McCain did not help his cause either because he choose a running mate who does not know anything. It would have been a scary situation had McCain won. Could you imagine her as President, God forbid anything happened to McCain.
    It is truly a wonder she even became a governor .......but then again there's Bushy........in America anything can happen......

    November 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Proud American

    I am a proud American that did in fact vote for Obama... I just hope that we can end the RACE card and move on.... I pray that All Americans voted for him for what he believes in and what he will bring to the table – not because he is black. That is a big fear of mine. Can this please quite down Jesse Jackson, Rev. Wright and all the others that keep bringing up the race card – it is finally time to put it to rest – America has spoken and we are moving on with an African-American President (remember he does have a white mother and grandparents...)-And is in fact AMERICAN!

    November 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Amen, Sec. Rice!

    November 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. M. WINNERS

    Rice understands what being American is all about but to some repuglinCONS in Minn. it's something else...

    People of the 6th District of Minn: ARE YOU CRAZY?

    You elected Bachmann again! Shame, SHAME!

    Stop drinking the neocon kool-aid of "fear, smear, mock and LIE", the rest of America did.

    In case you didn't get the memo – the "real" Americans think the "anti-American" rantings of Bachmann belong in the dust heap of fail ideas along with fascism, racism and McCarthyism (now-a-days known as Bachmannism)

    Again, SHAME ON YOU 6th District voters. I'm sure you'll get the political hack you deserve with your votes...

    November 5, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    Bye Bye Condi I hope!

    November 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Anthony

    THANK GOD NO MORE BUSH!!!!!! WOO HOOO!!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Christine El Paso

    Honestly I felt lighter this morning! It's a GREAT day in AMERICA! God Bless her and keep her safe, and Condi too lol.

    November 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. GARY

    HE SHOWED HE CAN DO THE TALK ,NOW LETS SEE IF HE CAN DO THE WALK. YOU STINKEN HATERS BETTER COME TOGETHER OR THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY UNITY . YOU YOUNG HATEFULL MORONS NEED TO HAVE RESPECT FOR ALL OTHERS. OBAMA DIDN'T RUN FOR PRESIDENT TO HAVE HATERS FOLLOW HIM.YOU HEARD WHAT HE SAID ABOUT MCCAIN. NO OTHER MAN COULD HAVE DEALT THE TORTURE AND LIFE HE WENT THROUGH ,AND STAND UP AND STILL BE A LEADER AND REAL AMERICAN HERO. MCCAIN ONLY CARED ABOUT HIS COUNTRY FIRST. YOU YOUNG HATERS WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT BEING A REAL AMERICAN IS.YOU ALL HAD NOTHING BUT DISRESPECT TO MCCAIN AND PALIN THROUGH THIS WHOLE RACE. YOU GOT YOUR PRESIDENT NOW LETS SEE WHAT HE REALLY DOES FOR THIS COUNTRY. LIKE OBAMA SAID,IT TAKES EVERYONE TOGETHER. SO DO DISRESPECT BUSH EITHER. HE KEPT US SAFE FOR EIGHT YRS. OF ATTACKS. HE NEEDS SOME CREDIT TOO,AND HE WAS ONE MAN. HE DIDN'T HAVE ALL THESE SUPPORTERS LIKE OBAMA DOES, SO DONT ABUSE IT FOR OBAMA. HE CAN BE IMPEACHED IF THINGS GET WORST. SO NOW ITS TIME TO GROW UP YOU HATEFULL MORONS AND UNITE.

    November 5, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Sean

    President Barack Hussein Obama. Obama..a true swahili name, a true african roots. Hussein an arabic name that scares rural ignorant backward americans. Whoever thought a man with such names could win the US elections? This is amazing. I love this country. AMerica has spoken. All you racists..and backward thinkers..go back to your caves in Alaska.

    November 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Mikey

    Joe – NY November 5th, 2008 12:22 pm ET
    All I have to say is "NO MORE EXCUSES" for African Americans.
    _________________________________________________
    If you think this means that everything is better and that discrimination is a thing of the past, you need to think again. Obama's way of dealing with this is to try to create equal opportunities. This means ensuring that everyone has access to a good education and that all who work hard and have the talent can go to college. It also means ensuring that discrimination based on race, color, etc is not tolerated.

    Once we have created a level playing field where everyone has an (reasonably) equal chance, Afirmative Action can become a thing of the past. Personally, I would like to see any future Afirmative Action be based more on socio-ecomomic circumstances and not on race in particular.

    Fixing our inner city and rural schools will be no easy task.

    November 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Gays for Obama

    New Day, America!! Let's not mess this up. Let's stand behind our new president. Let's show the world that we have finally put hatred behind. Let's help our new president regain our rightful place in this world. We have already shown that we are ready, so let's do it. We love you, President Obama and the world will love you, too.

    November 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. J Gosh

    This is a comment back to E. you can say all you want that Obama did not get elected be cause of the color of his skin. I do know that a lot of people did vote for him just for that very reason and not for the fact of the issues he wants to bring forward. You can keep living a life of denial all you want. I am glad the history books will reflect that America has elected their first African American President. However he is not the greatest person that will offer change equal to everyone’s satisfaction. All I can say is dig deep into your pockets the next four years.

    November 5, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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