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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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • George W. Bush
soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    The war was not worth it. And it could be fought in a more structure way. Last, I dont think you can change the minds of a 5000 year-old country. You'll have to get rid of anybody over 40 to achieve peace. God led the Israelites in the desert and waited until all the OLD GRUMPY generation died before they reach the Promise Land. You cant train an old dog, new tricks. Other than this, there's an expiration date on the human race. It's just all coming together for Armageddon.

    December 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. dave

    Thank you for keeping us safe for 7 1/2 years Mr. Bush. I hope that Obama can do the same. If not, that means Bush did a better job.

    December 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Jon Stewart

    Yes, thank you Bush for the golden age of political comedy that you spawned!

    December 28, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. chuck

    WHAT THE HELL HAS GEORGE BUSH DONE FOR AMERICA? IS CONDI RICE SMOKING THE SAME WEED AS GEORGE BUSH? RICE ,BUSH,RUMSFELD AND CHENEY MUST BE TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES AND THE KATRINA DEATHS. CONDI RICE SHOULD BE ASHAME TO BE A BLACK HUMAN BEING. SHE ALLOWED HERSELF TO BE USED BY A RACIAL PARTY OF THIEVES AND CROOKS. WHEN WILL THERE BE A BLACK REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT.YOUR ANSWER IS NEVER-NEVER-NEVER.

    December 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Larry from RI

    Want to bet someone else life on that Condi?
    After all, that is what you folks do best!

    December 28, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Will we really be around to see the history of this supposed good that has been done?

    December 28, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. maria Mtl, Can.

    What else can she say.... She will be a part of the failure of bush administration , nothing else to expect ...

    December 28, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. republicans hate america

    keep smoking it Rice

    December 28, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Pat

    Proud American December 28th, 2008 4:06 pm ET
    I'm sure all the parents and family members of dead American sevice men and women will be the first in line to say thanks . . . .
    _______________________

    Listen, you little snot-nose! American service men and women VOLUNTEER to serve in Iraq because they want to keep YOU safe HERE.

    YOU - you little snot-nose - can blog all day from your mommy's basement - and YOUR "efforts" make absolutely NO difference in the scheme of things!

    December 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. DO LET THE DOOR HIT U ON YOUR WAY OUT!!

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought there was at least one smart person in Bush's cabinet but I was WRONG!!! VERY WRONG!!!! Ms. Rice if I just would like to tell you that YOU SHOULD BE ASHAME of yourself, and the fact that you could look at yourself in the mirror when the U.S. is in the shape that it's in HURTS 75% of AMERICANS....PLEASE GO AWAY ASAP!!!!!

    December 28, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. harry oilwell

    you have got to be kidding me; all of the grief this admin has caused we are suppose to thank him . are you delusional?

    December 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. bill, alabama

    Ms. Rice. Could you please lead us down the yellow brick road to OZ. We have followed you and your leader around long enough.

    December 28, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. Bradley -Canada

    A complete and total change in U.S foreign policy is the only route to any favourable world opinion on the U.S.

    Nothing less will do it.

    Ms Rice has had eight years of flying around the world in comfortable jets, getting her expenses paid by the public purse, The U.S is all the worse for her many failed trips.

    She is of course loyal to this President who provided her with this failed opportunity.

    December 28, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. RB

    This pig lets out one more great big belch as she pushes herself away from the dinner table.

    December 28, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Gary in VA

    I didn't know Condi Rice got high because she must be smoking something if she thinks we will be thanking that idiot.

    December 28, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. susan

    We shall certainly thank Bush for going.

    December 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Randy

    Your a loser like bush is rice now go fix that gap in your teeth

    December 28, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. badger

    This from the same Bushy that was national security advisor and missed the info on 911. Didn't catch the faulty info on WMD's. Couldn't get anything done on foreign affairs. When she worked for Bush 41 and she was in charge of selling equipment and technology to Saddam it was a differant story. So she more than anyone else should have know he didn't have WMD's

    December 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Brad

    Denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

    December 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. A Sharma

    Thank him that he is finally GONE. Thank GOD

    December 28, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Gay Marrage

    "Bush Beat you democrats twice, so who is the IDIOT?" I'm willing to bet my next 5 paycheck your parents are brother and sister. Your a complete idiot.

    December 28, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    Bush beat you twice.....

    Good lord, man.... have you been living under a rock? It appears so.... how anyone could think this man and his administration has done anything admirable is beyond comprehension! Wait a minute....

    Oh, wow... come on, Laura! I mean seriously.... stop the charade... or is it Condi? You Republican women continue to sing Stand By Your Man... like the codependents you so obviously are!

    Wake up and use that head on your shoulders for something other than an Easter Bonnet! :)

    December 28, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Mavericky

    And here is my one finger salute!

    December 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Cecilia

    Unbelievable – I am at a complete loss for words. Has anyone in the Republican Party been listening? thank him? OMG – Unbelievable.

    December 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Tom

    It just goes to show how humans can rationalize anything.

    December 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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