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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Alert

    I don't agree with Rice's perspective but I still respect her as a fellow educated black woman and she is entitled to her beliefs. It is the job of the SOS to support their President and that is what she is doing. I also don't like the person who referred to Bush as her "husband." You sound ignorant. It will be Hillary's job to support Obama but that won't make him her lover. Come on, let's do better than this. It scares me that some of the people on this board are parents...I hope the children don't end up this ignorant. This is just her personal opinion, not fact, she stands by her beliefs and we can disagree with the beliefs without attacking her as a human being. She often seems to get more hate than Bush himself. Gee wonder what that could be about? At the end of the day, the President makes the major decisions.

    Also, to the person mentioning the abortion statistic, what are your sources? Why don't you quote how many children are abused, raped and forsaken that are alive. Oh, no one cares about those because they don't meet a polarized agenda. What about little Caylee who was murdered yet the death penalty was already removed from the table? Ah, see people care less once the child is born. I bet not one so called pro-lifer does ANYTHING to help the living once they are here. I am sure they roll their windows up at the adult homeless men who need money...I saw someone with their pro-life bumper sticker do that while I handed the guy a five. It is each woman's decision to make. Period. Do something for the people alive then talk about pro-life.

    December 28, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. bushisuseless

    anywhere I read some rethuglian post in this blog. I always notice how the rightwingnutters would rather see the country fail and go bankrupt than be fixed. by a more intelligent leader. You should be thankful that you still live in a LIBERAL and PROGRESSIVE country. which is going to be presided by a LIBERAL and PROGRESSIVE leader. because come to think of it if this country will be run by another wingnutter like your idol. with a retarded conservative views. your head will be rolling on the pavement. It's not the liberal who makes a country socialist it's your party's backward oppressive views.

    December 28, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. franky

    How the people going to thanks to a bunch of the people lies to the world and destroy some other people life ?

    December 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Pat

    Texas Teacher December 28th, 2008 7:22 pm ET
    Jason in SC…. you are indeed delusional!
    NO - Texas Teacher - YOU are delusional!!!!!!!!!!!. Still sending smoke signals, are you? Still building a shrine to EVERYTHING that is black, are you? Geeze - YOU are a teacher? I pity your poor students! (though I doubt you're REALLY a "teacher." ) NO good teacher would post crap like you do !!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. lois

    so if u crook and lier dinasty incompetent and u perfect becoming US politicians, bush UNamerica put border patrol in the jail and giving pardon to drug dealer and crook criminal

    December 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. Pat

    Ed, Santa Fe, NM December 28th, 2008 7:26 pm ET


    December 28, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    America should be thanking the Bush administration, our Armed Forces, Intellegence Services and Law Enforcement for America not being attacked again after 9/11 because they fought terrorism as a war not a police action like the previous democrat administration and the current democrat controlled Congress and Obama administration are wanting to treat terrorism as a law enforcement issue again. But Americans are only worried about the now not the future and are wanting immediate gratification not patient for the long haul. Keep the liberal lawyers out of fighting terrorism since their whole job is to win at any cost including the release of terrorist on American soil.

    December 28, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Morgan

    When I was in South Africa a few years ago all I heard was how people hated Bush and his policies. I got drilled with questions about how we could be so dumb to vote for him twice! Once again this shows Republicans are out of touch.

    December 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Change

    Most of you people are fools,. Obama has no intentions of changing anything in Iraq. Look at the people he lefted in place. THe war is won.

    December 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. Carol

    No surprise here - look who she's "palling around" with...

    December 28, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. DC

    Well said Condi. I am not a huge Bush fan but all this talk lately about America needing to regain our respect and so forth in the world is so juvenile. Unfortunately a large portion of our celebrity obsessed US Citizens are more concerned with how "popular" we are rather than doing the right thing on principle. Yeah lets show the world how little substance we actually posess by groveling so we can keep our prom queen title. Of course we need to try and have positive relationships with the world but this abstract notion of a "world respectometer" just doesn't exist but in the vapid minds of those more concerned with popularity (read: shallow self gratification) than principle (read: doing the right thing and not apologizing for it).

    December 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. R

    sounds like she's writing her own history already.

    December 29, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
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