December 28th, 2008
03:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Rice: People will thank Bush for what he's done

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says 'there is no greater honor than to serve this country.'
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says 'there is no greater honor than to serve this country.'

(CNN) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite President Bush's low approval ratings, people will soon "start to thank this president for what he's done."

So we can sit here and talk about the long record, but what I would say to you is that this president has faced tougher circumstances than perhaps at any time since the end of World War II, and he has delivered policies that are going to stand the test of time," Rice said in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

The secretary of state brushed off reports that suggest the United States' image is suffering abroad. She praised the administration's ability to change the conversation in the Middle East.

"This isn't a popularity contest. I'm sorry, it isn't. What the administration is responsible to do is to make good choices about Americans' interests and values in the long run - not for today's headlines, but for history's judgment," she said.

"And I am quite certain that when the final chapters are written and it's clear that Saddam Hussein's Iraq is gone in favor of an Iraq that is favorable to the future of the Middle East; when the history is written of a U.S.-China relationship that is better than it's ever been; an India relationship that is deeper and better than it's ever been; a relationship with Brazil and other countries of the left of Latin America, better than it's ever been ...

"When one looks at what we've been able to do in terms of changing the conversation in the Middle East about democracy and values, this administration will be judged well, and I'll wait for history's judgment and not today's headlines."

Asked by CBS' Rita Braver why some former diplomats say Americans are disliked around the world, Rice said that's "just not true."

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  1. show me state

    SOME DAY A LOT OF THESE SO CALLED DEMOCRATS , THAT LOVE AN E,ECTED THE BIGGEST LIAR OF ALL TIMES, I SHOULD SAY HELPED PURCHASE THE WHITE HOUSE.

    ALREADY BEFORE HE GETS IN OFFICE , WE ARE SEEING A TASTE OF WHAT WE WILL WITNESS THREW OUT THE NEXT YEAR'S.

    RICE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB. SO LETS GIVE HER CREDIT FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

    AN SHE IS A CITIZEN , AN DOES HAVE A VALID BIRTH CERTIFICATE , THATS A LOT MORE THAN BARRY CAN SHOW. MAYBE WHEN HE COMES BACK , HE CAN SHOW US ONE , YET PLESE DON'T CHECK THE PAPER , FOR YOU WILL FIND IT HAS BEEN FRESHLY PRINTED IN PAST WEEK .

    tHEN THIS DAY HIS STAFF , ON TV , WERE TALKING JUST LIKE HE DOES , AH , HUH , AHH , AN MOST EVERYTIME THAT HAPPENS , THEY ARE LYING. AS USUALL.

    December 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    WHY??? Did he get us a cushy job on the board of Kennedy Center?

    HAHAHAHAHA...

    the shield of stupidity and arrogance protects all of Bushco from any sense of reality...

    SHUT UP AND GO AWAY, RICE

    December 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Oh, lord, Griff is off his meds again. Someone get him some help!

    Seriously, though, what do we expect from Condi Rice? She's a great friend of W and is just as complicit in anything crooked he and his buddies have done. She just received her reward – an appointment to some committee or another. I wouldn't believe anything this woman has to say.

    December 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Joe wheelchair

    Well Condi, We've already thanked Bush for his thoughtless actions, One way we thanked him was not to have HIS endorsed pres. canidate in office this Jan. and a free pair of shoes from Iraq!! What else does he deserve...

    December 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Kelly Woo

    Thank you for bringing our economy to its knees. Thank you for lying to the American people. Thank you for bringing our country into a war that has cost lives for no reason whatsoever. Thank you for allowing Iran to aquire nuclear weapons without doing anything. And thank you for holding people indefinately in Guantanamo Bay. As long as you don't do it on American soil, it is O.K., right?

    December 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. OMG

    Thank Him? When he's gone – How about Thankful!!

    December 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Thought Criminal

    Additionally, people will thank Bush for teaching them to save again. Americans saved 270 Billion in October, compared to a year ago when it was only 60 Billion. I agree with Condi, true historians will see the long term benefits Bush's policies have given American and the World [and for the record, we are not the most important people in the world... we are humans just like everyone else]. However, the liberal historians will never see the positives of Bush, much like how people ignore the bravery of another heavily misunderstood president, Andrew Johnson.

    December 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Ed fl

    I thought you had to know/do something or accomplish something to write about it. If you write about your life /accomplishments of the worst administration in this countryshistory you might make a dollar or so from it. Make sure that it isn't promoted as fiction.

    December 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Virginia Born

    Thank George Bush? For what? Providing us with humor because of his gaffes? Rice is so protective of Bush, you'd think she's in love with him.

    December 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    A. Bert.... I bow in your general direction.... :) your eloquence is only surpased by your complete understanding of the Bush administration and the horror they have perpetrated on the whole world. And Condi.... wasn't she the one who sat on the Clinton information about bin Laden?

    December 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. chris24

    smoke another fattie, condy!

    you and george will be known as the biggest losers
    we have ever employed at your positions.

    why would anyone even interview these idiots?

    December 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. Charles from Atlanta

    Bush's legacy has been set.

    War on Terror: He couldn't finish the war on terror at Afghanistain and moved valuable resource to Iraq War and let Taliban and al Queda come back,

    War on Iraq: He misled American to invade Iraq, cost 5000 American soldiers life and 20,000 wounded. Abu Ghrab instance forever tarnished American Amry's reputation.

    National Debt: His administration doubled national debt to 10+ trillions.

    Economy: American are experiencing the most severe recession during his last year administration. He couldn't either prevent nor react during this crisis.

    December 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Texas Teacher

    Oh, my, but the old Texas Teacher is rather cynical tonight.... but that is due to many many years of watching politics! I thought I had seen it all in my life time.... but this administration takes the proverbial cake!

    Phew... I am glad it will be over in just about 3 weeks! :)

    December 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. AB

    LOL in your dreams Condi.

    December 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Erik in Real PA

    Those people who thank President Bush for "keeping us safe" are foolish. It's like my elephant-repelling belt buckle: I'm wearing it and I don't see any elephants, so it must be working. And it only cost me 500 billion dollars and 4,000 U.S military lives! Bush had nothing to do with your safety. In fact, the biggest attacks on U.S. soil happened on his watch.

    December 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. What?

    This woman is completely delusional. She has been completely ineffectual as secretary of state. How's the peace process in Israel going, Condi? Remember, the one you said would be solved in a year?

    I know history, and neither you nor Bushie will be viewed favorably.

    Miserable failures...both of you. Thank God we have < 3 weeks until you dolts vacate the White House.

    December 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. WillCnnPostThis?

    She's Right

    Bush will be electing democrats for years to come.

    In that respect we can all thank him.

    December 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Dave in NYC

    DREAM ON!!!

    December 28, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. Alan

    I wonder how many of you Bush haters voted for him, twice. Most of you are sooo fake. If Bush single handedly brought down the whole worlds economy, then I'm glad to have voted for such a powerful man.

    Just because it's hip to bash Bush, you want to join the bandwagon. Spineless followers you are!!!!

    December 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Old Artillery Man

    They are going to thank him just as people such as I who grew up in the Depression thanked Herbert Hoover.

    December 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Amy in Florida

    Condi Rice is deluded. Can't help but look forward to her exiting the world stage along with her "husband' Bush.

    December 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Obama 2012

    To "aware" you scare me silly with your racists comments and very narrow thinking. Whoever you are, if there are others like on this earth, woe unto us all !!!!!!!

    With people like you in this country, who needs terrorists!!! :(

    December 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Eileen Patterson

    I totally agree with Secretary of State Rice, who knows what she is talking about as opposed to so many bloggers and media interests who really have no concept. President Bush did not cause 9/11, which proves what naive and out-of-it leaders preceded him in the Presidency. We know what Billy Clinton was most interested in, and the men before him wanted only to "keep the peace" even when our own country's interests were being betrayed.

    December 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. bill for barack

    People will thank Bush.
    And pigs will fly.

    December 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. J. Scott, Texas

    I would like to know what planet Ms. Rice is living on. No one will ever that Mr. Bush for the last eight years. It is going to take eight more years for another administration to dig us out of this financial hole Mr. Bush has put us in.

    December 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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