December 28th, 2008
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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. cole

    Crimes it sounds as though you are on the side of the suicide bombers and Sadaam Husseins side I suppose because the Iraqi people are in antohter country we should sit by and let them suffer under the hand of a genocidial maniac I suppose you feel the same way and wish Hitler were never taken out of power.

    December 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Sherrol in Canada

    Looks like Rice was well schooled in talking points as well.

    December 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. RG, Texas

    What is this, Ms. Rice, a slap in the face? Thank him? For what?

    Jeez! You just don't get it, do you?

    Its basically adding insult to injury.

    You make me sick!

    December 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Richard

    The highest praise for Bush will likely come from Osama bin Laden.

    December 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. cole

    the last comment was for PhilT

    December 28, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Sharon, CO

    Rice is delusional.

    December 28, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. SHECKY

    Condi Rice is 100% correct. History will look favorably upon President Bush. The lefties still suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome need to go get psychiatric help.

    December 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Meka

    And not to mention . . . IRAN has MORE POWER in that Region, than they ever had = And we owed that THANKS TO SADDAM HUSSEIN for controlling IRAN.

    NOW THE WORLD, IS AT MORE RISK ! ! !

    THANKS GW BUSH!

    December 28, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Obviously Ms. Rice has been smoking something. She's as out of touch as her boss. Bush's policies will not stand the test of time. Hopefully most of them will be overturned and America can once again attain a level of trust and admiration as it once did before Bush and Cheney snuck into office in 2000.

    December 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. @Bush beat you Dems. Twice

    First of all, Bush STOLE the first election. He didn't win it, the Supreme Court of Republicans gave it to him.

    Second, He narrowly won the second term with 50% of the popular vote.

    I think you've been in Alaska for too long, the frozen temperature got to you.

    December 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. bob from Oregon

    Obviously Ms. Rice has been smoking something. She's as out of touch as her boss. Bush's policies will not stand the test of time. Hopefully most of them will be overturned and America can once again attain a level of trust and admiration as it once did before Bush and Cheney snuck into office in 2000.

    December 28, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    With the policies and budget structure, whole entire economies FELL before his feet. One word describes his readiness for anything that he touches: Katrina. Certainly, this is not the GOLD standard for being a Christian. Can you imagine at the seat of judgement and God calls Mother Theresa and W? Who best serve with honor and grace and showed the love of God?

    December 28, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Again, for the past eight years, Katrina best describes how the country was administer – reaction to no action.

    December 28, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Jim, Burlington NC

    I lost all respect for Condi whaen she was the NSA, I never had respect for Bush – he has all but reuined this country and did a danm fine job on screwing up the planet.

    What a tool, which I guess makes Condi a plumbers helper...

    Good ridence to bad trash.

    December 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. arc, Lugano CH

    If anything, Americans abroad are even more at risk now than before 2001. The Bush Presidential Library ought to be simply a dirty outhouse on his Crawford Ranch, with a pair of shoes hanging on the door. That's more fitting for a War Criminal.

    "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."

    Rice's statement makes any educated person think of Abu Ghraib.

    December 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Emit R Detsaw

    The economy is imploding, and the world is a MESS. We will remember GWB, but not many positive things. His administration is trying to spin that the US is safer because of his administration, but his administration has allowed Osama Bin Laden to survive by fighting a war in Iraq that should never been started, and allowed a Terrorist organization to come to power (Hamas) that is raising it's ugly head this week.

    Nice legacy!

    December 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Trysh in Los Angeles

    This statement was made just before she exited to go to her UNFORCLOSED home and millions of Halliburton profits made from this war.

    I think she may be confusing herself and her fellow Republicans with America as a whole.

    December 28, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. yellow dog democrat

    Bush may have done a few things right – but the war in Iraq was totally off the map! And because of that any credibility he may have garnered became a wash. I just don't see history treating "W" very kindly....but as with everything time will tell. I'm waiting.

    December 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. SMR

    @ Bush beat you democrates twice, so who is the idiots? Listen pal, YOU ARE THE IDIOTS WHO VOTED FOR HIM. People like you are just nuts.You can hide behind that monitor and call us names, but would never have enough b**** to say it in public!!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE SO PATHETIC

    December 28, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. james

    I'm losing respect for Rice almost as fast as I lost it for Bush. "Faced tough circumstances".... If she means self inflicted, boneheaded mistakes that result in tough circumstances, then yes, she is correct.

    December 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. peakarack

    Rice and the rest of idiots people in the white house needed 2 be put in prison for life. lmfao!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I always thought Condi was intelligent enough to know when and what to say, obviously I was wrong. Condi has a free ride for the rest of her life while most Americans are suffering from Bush's failed policies. The arrogance of Condi is no different than Bush or Cheney and I'd like to straighten her hair out.

    December 28, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Daniel Cabrera

    All democrats spent (and will continue to do so)hours and energy to blame Pres Bush for every thing that went out of expectations for the last eight years.
    Truth is those democrats are able(for they are alive)to do so because during eight years this country was safe under this president, and so everyone still alive to blame him for absolutely everything so called ‘wrong’.
    You know he is so brave that he never was afraid to become unpopular since he knew exactly what to do to keep this beloved land safe. Pres Bush is indeed a patriot of high latitud. He never claimed to have all the answers but he did what was needed to keep us alive
    And once again, for the records, it was THE BLASTED ALMOST FULLY DEOMOCRAT CONGRESS WHO BURNED DOWN OUR ECONOMY!
    EAT THAT!

    December 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Roland in St George, UT

    This is just another incompetent remark made by one of the many total incompetent "yes people" who was appointed by the most incompetent (and fraudulent) President we've ever had. No big deal. Thankfully, it will soon be over.

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

    The girl is living in a bubble

    December 28, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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