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. A. Bert

    Thank you Mr. Bush: for our lack of national defense on 9/11, for playing off of the nation's emotions and deceiving us into war, for nearly 5,000 US deaths in Iraq, for nearly 1,000,000 Iraqi deaths, for the empowerment of global terrorism by providing an international training ground for our nation's enemies, for the illegal occupation of a nation, for making torture "the law" and an international American trademark, for desecrating the US Constitution with your Patriot Act, so-called, for violating posse comitatus by establishing the US military as national law enforcers, for financing American and foreign mercenaries while giving them a license to kill in Iraq, for instigating more war with Iran and Pakistan, for the obliteration of habeas corpus by allowing our "intelligence agencies" the right to abduct, incarcerate and torture US and foreign nationals in other countries, for killing our economy for four years with high gas prices, for giving Cheney's Haliburton an uncountable number of no-bid contracts in Iraq and beyond, and, unless we forget, for the victims of Katrina who were left for four days to die as the world looked on, and on, and on, ad infinitum. AND Condi, thank you also for your help in making all of it, and so much more, possible!

    December 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Bye, Condi.

    Please stay away from the West Coast.......find someplace else to be ineffective.

    December 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Thankful

    Thank you Bush for exposing the GOP for the warmongering, constitution-hating, pocket-of-big-business, hypocritical organization it is.

    Thank you Bush for destroying the republican party.

    Thank you Bush for serving as an example of ignorance and ineptitude for all future Presidents to learn from.

    Lastly, thank you Bush for leaving office. Don't let the door hit you...

    December 28, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    G B did a great job the war is over there not here. Wait until; the messia BO takes over then we will have something to worry about...

    my how soon the voters forget remember the constition




    December 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. AJ

    This kind of statement shows how Ms. Rice is disconnected from reality.

    December 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. bush & corp. will be pursued to the gate of hell!

    we've got more than enough lawyers hungry to file law suits against bush and his thugs.


    that's the only thing they understand!

    December 28, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. bk

    Bill Clinton already admitted that he and the other dems should have kept tighter controls on Fannie and Freddie. You need to ask Barney Franks and Chris Dodd about the mortgage crisis. They should be in jail.

    December 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |

    Is this woman kidding or just in denial. Incredible that someone that intelligent could believe the B.S. she's saying. Bush will go down in history as being one of the worst if not worst president ever.

    December 28, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Dr. Rice is the most stupid smart person I know. How clueless can you be?!

    December 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Vern

    I didn't vote for Bush but I really believe that he did the best he could given the advise he got from people who should know what to do. Like many, I do not blame him for the wars we are now in. I just pray that we can come out of it with some understanding.

    December 28, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Toby in Illinois

    At Nuremberg, Hermann Goering said that one day the Germans would erect statues of him. Still waiting for that one, too.

    December 28, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. happy new year

    no, miss. rice, they won't.

    December 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Cindy Nelson

    Only an idiot like yourself Condeleeza would think anyone would ever thank Bush for anything. You are part of the problem there too Condi.
    You neo cons are all the same. Disgusting. Should we be thanking him for the tanking economy, the job loss rate in this country. Is that what we should be thankful for, you pathetic woman?

    The only people that will thank him are the owners of Halliburton, who profited millions off of this war.

    December 28, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Blaze

    Please, one could lip-sync the gibberish that has come out of this woman's mouth over the past eight years. Good bye and Good Riddance.

    December 28, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Kris MO

    Yes, because the pounding the Republicans have gotten in the last two elections (for Pres/ Senate/ Congressional seats) wasn't enough of a message to say.. we are NOT thanking you for your work governing this country? Yes, go back from whence you came, and stay away. Please just go away.. and I will thank you for leaving the US alone, forever on.

    December 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Kathy

    I agree with her, She's a very smart lady. I sure wish she would run for President someday. If people don't appreciate the good things that Pres. Bush did, then so be it. We'll see how they feel after 4 years of "The One".

    December 28, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Larry in Houston

    Texas Teacher, You are SO Right !!

    Houston, TEXAS

    December 28, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Dear Ms. Condoleeza Rice:

    We will certainly thank President Bush and the Republican Party for the following:

    1) Making us less Safe around the World.
    2) Killing 4318 troops in a war we did not have to fight.
    3) Destroying the American and World Economy.
    4) Not willing to listen to the American People.
    5) Making some of the dumbest statements on recorded.

    We will thank him alright for ....NOTHING.

    He's our President and God Bless him, but these next few weeks can't go by quick enough.

    December 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. C Spurgeon

    Yes We see all the Middle east progress Condi. You were a nothing working for a nothing boss and need to go back to California and do whatever you want . It doesn't matter just as your last 8 years didn't matter.

    December 28, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Brenda C

    Sounds like Condoleeza Rice is a very smart woman. Unlike Powell she hasn't sold out just because color of her skin. She may have even voted for obmanation but she still has dignity enough to speak the truth. Look this lady has been all around the world she's no dummy. Like she said the TRUE historians will write the truth AFTER President Bush is out of office. True historians do not consist of CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and the other trash stations who seem to report only what they think benifits their man. How many did you see report about obama going to visit the troops and how the men and women didn't applaud, cheer or even get out of their seats to shake his hand? They only responded when he came up to them. Didn't hear that news story did you? Well it was on a smaller station. Thank you Condi for being a true American before making decisions just because you are the same color as barack. Historians will prove President Bush was a great President and he realized 'This is not a popularity contest". God Bless You Mr. President Bush

    December 28, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Thanks a Lump

    Thank him? For what???

    Alienating our allies with his "You're either WITH us or AGAINST" us attitude on the war on terror and the war in Iraq? (No room for any compromise there.) We've already seen the lack of evidence which was supposed to be rock-solid, which led Americans like sheep, into the Iraq war. Even our allies cannot wait to see Bush leave.

    Did not follow up on the Clinton administration's intel regarding Bin Laden until 9 months into his presidency?

    Spending a whopping 30% of his eight years as President on vacation?

    Alienating and dividing our own American people by questioning their patriotism, intelligence, and religious faith -for not supporting his call to war?

    Trampling our civil rights in the name of "security"?

    Trampling our Constitution to establish an imperial Presidency?

    Turning a budget surplus into a deficit? ($480 billion for next year alone -not including two wars, bailouts, and stimulus packages.)

    Embracing deregulation and tax cuts for the privileged, while turning a blind eye as our economy melted down?

    You must be kidding, Ms. Rice.

    (I doubt you'll print this, CNN.)

    December 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Not too Happy

    What happened in IRAQ happened and there is no turning back. We have to learn to move forward and take on new challenges that will hopefully bring us to a better place.

    By no means am I a cheerleader for war. If it can be avoided – avoid it. However, when it is truly necessary, then there is no other choice. Although I don't feel that the IRAQ war was truly necessary, there was some good that came out of it (if you look at it as getting rid of corruption).

    I disagree with Condi on the part where she says that it is not true that Americans are disliked around the world. Condi met with world leaders not the common people. When you see the news and see people burning the American flag and shouting hate, then that alone lets you know how people feel.

    I am open to history and I hope that history does tell us a different story. I am hoping that GWB was doing the right thing. I do agree with Condi that we will have to let history tell us the true story.

    Under the Obama administration, I hope we can get our good name back. I hope that other countries will begin to heal from whatever hatred they have in their hearts.

    December 28, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. cole

    THANK YOU CONDOLEZZA!! Someone has finally stood up and spoke the truth about President W Bush. I agree with every thing she said. He has done more good than bad for the American people. If you want to blame Bush for our job loss,

    December 28, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. sick n tired

    Yeah we can all thank him and all his cronies for planning and executing the 9/11 attacks to instill fear into the general population as a means to justify 2 fraudulant OIL WARS and bankrupting our country! Thanks Mr Bush you're a credit to you're family name! JERK!

    December 28, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. A disgrace to our country

    A man ..who have remained the cheerleader of the team ..

    ... not the manger... when convicted of war crimes his legacy will be


    December 28, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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