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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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Charlie in Maine

    I would thank him to be gone.

    December 28, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Ron from Baltimore

    Ms. Rice,

    Self-serving, chest-thumping tripe. You do not need to twist the knife in our collective consciousness-Americans feel betrayed, we are broke, we have lost our friends in the world. You have aided and abetted the execution of those events, and now you want our thanks, vicariously, by asking us to thank the President.

    Are you really as shallow as depicted in the Oliver Stone movie, "W"?

    December 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. jim

    Condi, only a Retardlican like yourself would think anyone other than a multi-millionare would thank Bush for anything. Please take all your Retardlican friends and go lick a window so the country can recover from the damage you and the rest of your retard buddies has caused this great country.

    December 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Danny in Chicago

    You think so Condi??? You really think so???

    You just keep saying that. What ever makes you feel better, right?....

    I, for one, will NEVER forget what I went through during the Bush years.....

    You just keep trying to rewrite the history books Repubs....just keep trying....

    December 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. brian

    Fianlly someone who stands up for what they believe in. Not like Obama who has to pretend to brush people under the rug for something they do because he is trying to please the elite far left
    media. God bless President Bush and Rice

    December 28, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Boston Irish

    Happy New Year, do you honestly think Bush and his cabinet are responsible for the mess the US is in today?? What happened to the democrat controlled congress? I think Barney Frank and his bozos, Pelosi, Reid and the non voting Obama have a lot more blame regarding this mess. But you are so set on blaming Bush for everything, you forget what the do nothings in congress failed to do. Oh, excuse me, they weren't "do nothings", they were busy trying to cover their butts because they could see what was coming and were NOT about to take the blame for anything. You are handing them a "Get Out of Jail Free" card by blaming Bush for everything and playing right into their hands. Thanks for nothing.

    December 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. dave

    What drugs is Conni using?

    December 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. brian

    ohh to the author "change will be soon" bush wansnt wrong although we lost 4000 brave men and woman in iraq we have lost well over 7 million babies due to abortion since the start of the iraq war. Thats something your savior Barack Obama supports. Its also strange i heard obama say in an interview on cnn that he will just get rid of our bases out of iraq not take all the troops out so i guess he thinks president Bush was smart to go because he is also taking back most people including Gates and men and woman in the pentagon who work and belive in our President Bush so wake up and realize Bush has been great!!!!!!!

    December 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |

    Honey, I would not hold your breath if you think our brave young men and women that were maimed over in Iraq, and then have to return to America and fight the rats at Walter Reed for attention, are ever going to thank the man whose lies put them there.

    Just keep up the reptilian party's talking points to prove you are still a "real American" reptile!

    December 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Alex

    Condi needs to be strung up with George, Dick, Karl, Wolfowitz, Addington, Ashcroft, Gonzales, Addington, Yoo, Rumsfeld and all the other criminals that have served in the Bush White House.

    Unprovoked wars of aggression are considered the highest of the prohibited war crimes discussed in the Geneva Conventions, so Condi at least deserves some attention on that front, for her part in deceptively selling America on the idea of the illegal Iraq invasion and occupation... And she was also involved in some meetings in which TORTURE (err, excuse me, "enhanced interrogation techniques") was directly authorized at the top levels (check out the Senate Armed Services Committee Report from earlier in the month). It's really no surprise to hear her defending her co-conspirators, but that doesn't change the facts of the total disregard they've shown to laws both federal and international.

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

    I didn't even read the article. The title has me lmfao!!!!!!

    December 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. River70

    Yeah, right, thanks but no thanks. I am sure late night comedy will miss you george.

    December 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Aaron from Ohio

    Ms. Rice is an exceptionally intelligent woman and has accomplished much in her life, but she is going to be forever tied to President Bush and his administration. The measure of a President's legacy is determined by future historians. They will look at the nation when he came into office and look at the state of the country when he left office. Bush has prevented any further terrorist attacks within our borders since 9/11. Bill Clinton also prevented any further attacks within our borders after the World Trade Center was first bombed in 1993. The economy tripled under Bill Clinton's two terms. The economy is far less than it was when Bush first was elected. We are fighting in two wars, our reputation is in shambles and we are on the verge of a depression. History will judge Bush and Rice and it is hard to imagine a glowing review. They have no one to blame but themselves.

    December 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. john fredere

    when someone stands up for us there idots,its funny how bush was in bed with the saudis but they are glad to see him go,he was responsble for high gas prices but now its consumption,cnn and most of you people are ideots,little buy little you will start hearing the truth why things are the way they are so nobody can bame obama,do you forget that the dems have been in control for 2 years why do you thin k that there so in favor of these bail people are so stupid you make me sick.

    December 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Irritated in Fl

    I never voted for Bush and I hate the situation we are in but I don't entirely blame president Bush. I admire him and his wife laura and wish them the best. As far as that trash that is about to take over our White House, that scum will NEVER get this democrats respect nor support.

    December 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. The Bu

    Uhm!! Aaahh!!!! Hhhmmm!!!

    I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!!

    The Economy

    Need I say more???


    December 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Gays for Obama

    Condi! How could you?! I always thought you were intelligent, but now I wonder. I was always proud of you, even though you are a republican; because you are from my home city, Birmingham and because you are a black woman who made it this far, but this is it! I'm putting you out of the city, out the female, and out of the black. Your just another Bush-bot. That's all

    December 28, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Ron West Coast

    Condi , shut your lieing mouth ......
    You are a war criminal , just like your boss, ( and lover ) Geo. W ., .....
    You both, along with Dick Cheney and the rest of your neo-con crew, should be charged with war crimes, and made to stand trial in the Hague .....

    " Thank Him , Indeed "...... You`re Nut`s .......

    December 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Matt

    Yes, I'm sure the people of New Orleans will feel very grateful to Bush and his cronies for sitting with their thumbs up their backsides and letting those same people rot.
    I'm no supporter of Obama, I was and still pro-Hillary, but at least he seems to be more competent then Bush.

    December 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Andy

    Boston Irish

    Congress was Democratic for only two years of the Bush debacle. The other six were Republican. Stick that in your self righteous pipe and smoke it.

    December 28, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Condi has hair that resembles Darth Vader's helmet.

    She is a smart lady and inside she knows Bush is a failure.

    December 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. oldsoldierboy

    I'll thank the troops instead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You were able to fight the war on terror with honor and integrity. Mr. Executive Privilege was unable to do the same. Good riddance.

    December 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Apples for sale

    She knows she up for war crimes too.

    December 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Craig

    That's it Condi. Blame the ineptitude of this administration on historians.

    That'll work.

    December 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Meh

    I've always thought Condi had a crush on Dubya. This lends credence to that...either that or she's drunk.

    For those thanking Dubya for "keeping us safe", ummm...9/11 happened on HIS watch! Hello?! He had a memo that terrorists were planning an attack in the near future and he did NOTHING.

    December 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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