Bush-era leaders greet OBL raid with mixed Obama reviews
May 8th, 2011
02:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush-era leaders greet OBL raid with mixed Obama reviews

Washington (CNN) – Three of the biggest names in the administration of former President George W. Bush congratulated President Obama on Sunday for the capture of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, while coming to the careful defense of their former boss.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said bin Laden's capture was the culmination of work by Bush and Obama.
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Bush officials: Good job Obama but...
May 3rd, 2011
02:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush officials: Good job Obama but...

Washington (CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld applauded the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden under the Obama administration, but also highlighted the pivotal role their team played in the search for America's most wanted terrorist.

"It was also important that President Bush put in place counterterrorism strategies and policies, efforts that the military and intelligence have been making over the years," Rice told CNN's "American Morning" on Tuesday. "To work together better to achieve that kind of level of integration didn't happen yesterday. This is something that has been happening for quite a long time."
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Rice to appear on '30 Rock'
April 15th, 2011
03:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Rice to appear on '30 Rock'

Washington (CNN)- Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will reunite with an old flame…in TV land. Tina Fey announced Thursday, on NPR's "The Leonard Lopate Show," that the Stanford University political science professor will make her star turn in an upcoming episode.

Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) name-dropped Rice as his ex-girlfriend throughout the first season of NBC's "30 Rock" and it appears she will debut in "a couple weeks" as the fictional executive's former flame.
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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice
October 15th, 2010
12:47 PM ET
4 years ago

Before meeting with Obama, Rice says mistakes were made in Iraq

(CNN) - Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right move, but the United States made mistakes in the aftermath, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN on Friday.

In an interview to be broadcast Monday on CNN International's "Connect the World" program, Rice acknowledged a failure to focus rebuilding efforts throughout the country and attributed the problem to a lack of understanding.

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Related: read "Wolf's pick" on his interview with Rice here."


Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • issues • President Obama
October 15th, 2010
12:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Wolf's pick: Condi, the Cleveland Browns and the N-word

Editor's warning: This report about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's book about growing up in the segregated South contains language you may find offensive, including the N-word. Rice explained she had to use the word in an interview with CNN to accurately portray what happened at a football game in 1964. Should you continue reading, we must warn you that we have left her quote intact and have included the word in the story.

Washington (CNN) – It's not every day that you hear the former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, say the N-word. But she did during a taped interview with me that will air today in The Situation Room (5-7 p.m. ET).

We had a lengthy discussion about her new book, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family." It's the very powerful and moving story of her growing up in the segregated South – a story that's still hard to believe because it took place not all that long ago in the United States.

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October 14th, 2010
07:53 PM ET
4 years ago

White House Dispatch: Bush Cabinet official to visit Oval Office

Washington (CNN) - President Obama has been known to occasionally criticize the Bush administration, but he's rolling out the red carpet for a member of the former President's Cabinet.

On Friday, Mr. Obama is scheduled to sit down in the Oval Office with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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October 12th, 2010
08:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Condoleezza Rice's civil rights era memoir goes on sale

(CNN) – Condoleezza Rice's personal memoir of her family history hits the book stands Tuesday. In "Extraordinary, Ordinary People," the former U.S. Secretary of State recalls much of her family's time during the Civil Rights era in Birmingham.

Rice has said that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House but felt she could not do so until people understood the "personal and implausible journey" she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being named the first female African-American to lead the State Department.
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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice
May 27th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Rice to write memoir about her White House years

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House.

(CNN) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that she will write a memoir about her eight years in the White House, but only after her family memoir "Extraordinary, Ordinary People" is released. The first book, which recalls much of the Rice family's time during the Civil Rights era in Birmingham, will be published by Crown and is scheduled to go on sale October 12.

Rice spoke at an author panel during the 10th annual Book Expo America, a gathering of publishing and book retailers held at New York's Javits Center. Also on hand was moderator and Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who sheepishly admitted as he introduced Rice: "I am not particularly familiar with her work–but I hear good things."

After thanking Stewart for his 'stirring introduction,' Rice said she felt could not yet write a White House memoir until people understood the "personal and implausible journey" she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being named the first female African-American to lead the State Department. All of this happened, Rice said, due to her parents, John and Angelena Rice.

A guidance counselor/preacher and school teacher respectively, Mr. And Mrs. Rice never made more than $60,000 annually, Rice said. Yet they "believed in the transformative power of education and the armor of control it can put around you," she said.

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Filed under: Condoleezza Rice
March 23rd, 2010
11:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Condoleeza Rice endorses Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate

 Condoleeza Rice endorses Carly Fiorina.
Condoleeza Rice endorses Carly Fiorina.

CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice Tuesday threw her support behind Carly Fiorina's U.S Senate bid.

In endorsing Fiorina Rice said in a statement, "California needs a representative in the U.S. Senate who is prepared to make the tough decisions necessary to address our most pressing challenges, including job creation and national security. Based on my personal experience, I know Carly is the best person to send to Washington to advocate for the people of our great state in the Senate."

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Filed under: Carly Fiorina • Condoleezza Rice
March 1st, 2010
12:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Condoleezza Rice backs Whitman

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is weighing in on the California gubernatorial race.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is weighing in on the California gubernatorial race.

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is weighing in on the California gubernatorial race, announcing Monday she is backing former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's bid for the GOP nomination.

"California is my home and there is only one person running for Governor who can lead the way toward rebuilding our state," Rice said in a statement provided by the Whitman campaign. "In my experiences in and out of government, I find the most effective leaders to be those who maintain a clear vision, mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in confronting the most pressing challenges.

Rice, the former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Bush, is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University.

Whitman is battling state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner for the Republican party's nomination. A poll conducted late last month showed the former eBay chief with a 17-point over Poizner with nearly 4 in 10 Republican primary voters undecided. The primary is set for June 8.


Filed under: Condoleezza Rice • Meg Whitman
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