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. cherie

    the only thank yous will come from the profiteers of this insane war.

    December 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Deb

    This president has gone on the offensive after terrorists, not sat on his hands waiting for another meaningless UN decree or sanction or legal courts to rule. He did not cave when the going got tough, but ordered a surge, that brought stability and success to Iraq. AQ in Iraq is no longer a threat. AQ in Afghanistan is on their heels. Terrorists no longer think of us as a "paper tiger" . God Bless Condi and George.

    December 28, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Adam

    After what happenedI to the repuplican party in the election, Condi still thinks that we are so stupid, to the point that she can make us doubt ourselves with this stupid interview. I honestley think people like Condi will not get it till we start boycotting any network that interviews her or her like.

    December 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. A disgrace to our country

    A man ..who should have remained the cheerleader of the team ..

    … not the manger…

    >> when convicted of war crimes his legacy will be complete!!

    December 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. ken

    the worst president ever had the worst sec. of state working for him. she ought to be ashamed of herself. i think we know why she got the job to begn with.

    December 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Proud American

    I always suspected Condi was on drugs. "Bush Beat you democrats twice", so who is the IDIOT? I'm willing to bet my next 5 paychecks your parents are brother and sister.

    December 28, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Mark

    The day I will be thankful is the day that war criminal murdering cowboy is in prison or dead.

    December 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. cole

    THANK YOU CONDOLEEZA!! Someone has finally stood up for Bush and said the truth. He has done more good for our country than bad. Why has there not been anymore terrorist attacks? It's being kept overseas! I wish the war was over but it's protected our country. You can't blame Bush for our job loss! Who set up those policies up for our companies to go overseas? It was the Clinton administration! It doesn't happen overnight. Right now the American people is looking for someone to blame for the problems we have. It's not all of Bush's fault. In time America.... you'll have more appreciation for what he's done.

    December 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. DC Insider

    Secretary Rice is absolutely correct. After 9-11 Bush kept us safe - and for that he deserves all the credit in the world. Obama zealots and other liberal loonies should hold their judgement on Bush until the see how deeply Obama takes us into Afghanistan; how long he takes to get us out of Iraq: and whether he can keep the US as safe as Bush did after 9-11.

    December 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. RG, Texas

    Yeah, Ms. Rice!

    Of course, you have to defend the most rotten US presidency ever – and you were a big part of it.

    Weren't you the one who went on national TV and told us about the mushroom cloud?

    You and this whole administration are a huge disgrace, and your only hope is that Americans are forgiving.
    Thats right, you will undoubtedly, get into the lecture circuit in some right-wing TV network, charge huge fees and teach at some university. God help those audiences and of course, those hapless students.

    December 28, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Obama supporter

    Bush was dealt a lot of bad cards, and he did the best he could. I would not be too quick to judge him. The folks on this thread are not my fellow Obama supporters – they are largely Bush haters; iliterate Obama supporters; and liberal looney tune goofballs who do not work – pay no taxes – and are looking for a free ride. The people on here give Obama and the rest of us working Dems a bad name -

    December 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Salt & Pepper

    The headline must be refering to Jan 21, 2009 when he LEAVES the White House.

    December 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Buckeye

    Denial is more than a river is Egypt.

    December 28, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Robin King

    Is she kidding? Bush has trampled all over the constitution , started an illegal war , tortured who knows how many so called "terrorists" , He and his administration (mainly Cheney and Rumsfield) should all be tried for war crimes ! David Letterman was right. It's a shame Barak can't start his administration early .

    December 28, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. G from the A

    OK apparently this woman is either talking a 1000 years into the future or the cocaine GWB was using is starting to get t her

    December 28, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. kristyna

    "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 …

    and to add to the history books that will be written with these statements:

    "And the US, itself, so involved with everyone else's business and not tending to it's own issues, hit an economic low that left families without houses, no medical insurance, corporate big money greedy ***holes still flying thier private jets to fly to Washington and ask for more money from the govt, while US citizens can hardly afford gas and groceries....."

    But we sure have helped out other countries and spent OUR money doing so!

    December 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Scot

    She means we will be thankful he is leaving!

    December 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. gypsyzingaro

    Are these people high or something? We are in hock to China for $5Billion for cheap crap in trade that at times kills folks, the Gaza Strip is in humanitarian crisis, and yes, yes people from all over the world hate us. How does shady trade agreements and political manipulation of life benefit Americans, now or in the long run? I mean, is she just continuing a script or really this clueless? I am so glad this is over. I think they are buying into their own bull. Delusional!!!!
    When seeking revenge for the 2,740 Americans killed in 9/11, we have willingly sent 4,218 Americans to their death in this war. Yeah, nice work George, thank you, more like...@#$% you.
    It is sad that someone as smart as Rice, could be so obtuse.

    December 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. Meka

    Condi, as much as I respect you . . . YOUR VERY WRONG!

    Bush took our Troops into a DEAD END SITUATION=IRAQ

    We have lost over 4,000 and need to provide healing for over 200,000.

    Condi, the Economy in in despair. . .people need JOBS–that Bush have given his blessings on to be OUT-SOURCED.

    Condi, cost of living has escalated to the point of making a decission to (1) Buy Med's (2) Buy Food (3) Keep a Roof over your head!

    CONDI, WHAT BENEFIT HAS AMERICA RECEIVED FROM BUSH ? ? ?

    December 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. cole

    while the loss of soldiers lives are hard to bear but how many more have been saved by their sacrifice how dare any of you idiots to belittle their efforts. Bush was blamed for evrything from cause a hurcane to the finacial crisis why he must be super human or something. Idiots one man does not control the greed that has brought us to our current state, most americans have been living beyond their means includings corporations thats not the fault of any President or any po;itical party it is human nature's bad side. I thank Bush that we haven't seen anymore attack like 911 and no interns were harmed during his presidency

    December 28, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. WIlly Brown

    One year from now most of you will have buyers remorse and will be wishing Bush did run again

    December 28, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. TCM

    She's 100% correct; it's just a shame now, that the MSM has flooded any and every avenue with the minority liberal opinions. If the entire country could be polled, in a unbiased manner, you'd see that it's center-right toward conservatism...however, the loudmouth libs get the airways because the media love the speculation...already, Campbell Brown, from this very station has soured against Obama in several incidents.
    Rice is dead on, because Americans are so selfish, and self-centered that they cannot see beyond immediate gratification...and that's dangerous. Too many are standing with their hands out, ignorant and lazy, wanting the goverment to wipe their noses...Hopefully, all will see that the MSM has poisoned any good that Bush as done, and it will be evident when we have another terror attack on this soil, and Obama's inexperience really comes to light.

    December 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. v best

    You were Secretary of State for 8 yrs, yet you were as clueless today about the WORLD as the day you started..very shameful. Bush has it too..unusal strong resistance to both global knowledge & domestic problems.

    December 28, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Aaron the Ignorant

    You mentally challenged on here who keep pointing at Iraq as the Bush issue, forget that. ALL of the democratic leadership were FOR going into Iraq - Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, B Frank, Clinton, Kennedy, Biden, Dodd, Richardson - ALL of them. Why? Because they, like Bush, were misled by Saddam Hussein who was trying to make the world think he had WMD in a ploy to keep Iran from attacking him .... So enough of Iraq. And before you start praising Obama for voting against the War – forget it – he has never VOTED against the Iraq war - but he has voted FOR every single Iraq funding bill. Had Obama been in the Senate at the time, he would have voted with his party and for the War -- end of story

    And you Obama zealots and loonies who think Obama is your savior – forget it - You are still going to have to go out and get a job - likely the first one you have had in your lives

    December 28, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Angie

    Please!!!!!!!!!! what drugs are you take condi. the only thing I can think to thank him for is GETTING HE!! OUT OF WASHINGTION AND TAKING you, crazy cheney and the rest of the lying,cheating war mongers with him.

    December 28, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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