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. change in America

    She got to be kidding thank him for what he the worst president in US history.....Why should I think him when I lost my job and my friends, family lost there jobs throughout his 8yrs....Go get a life Rice no more Bushes

    December 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Anna, ATL

    I am curious, Sara from Arizona, what your idea of a good choice for Secretary of State might be?

    December 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. aware

    And by the way, PEBO will not be the first black president of the USA!

    The only color PEBO has is from the Kenyan father who deserted him. PEBO was raised white and had a Caucasian mother. 🙂

    Now, Michelle is black!

    December 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. Adam Levi

    Condi you need to go to AA. Clearly you've been drinking! Thank Bush for what? Driving us into the ground?

    December 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. Ana

    If it wasnt enough that she kissed up to everything that was wrong with this presidency....Yes , she is definitely trying to cover her behind.

    You destroyed the lives of so many innocent people in this world and one day you will face your own demons!!!

    December 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Anna, ATL

    I voted against him twice, but, Good Grief, Bush is NOT responsible for every thing wrong with this Country right now.

    How naive you folks are!
    How are we ever going to get back on our feet with the attitudes some of you people have?

    December 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Griff

    And so I feed you: CNN... Then I listen.... Your so liquid.... Just like a "Message in a Bottle". You invade your own Beach....

    December 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Chris E

    Please tell me this lady is not for real, Why would anyone other than Bush be glad of the thing that was done to this contry. Here you have people loses their jobs/home and is that something to be glad about I am glad they both will be out of office soon.

    December 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. jennifer

    Poor Condi.. so deluded. For her sake I hope she remains in a clueless fog because the reality of what she was a part of might be too much for her to bear.

    December 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Dave, Illinois

    OMG, you Lefties are a bunch of racists! You are just being hateful because she is black. She doesn't look like the "guy on the dollar bill". How does it feel, Obamites?

    December 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Western Voter

    Thank George W. Bush? For what? Unashamedly stealing an election (or two)? A war that never had to be fought that was waged with unprecedented incompetence? Allowing Bin laden to get away with 9/11? Allowing New Orleans to drown? Leaving us a debtor nation? Leaving us with a reactionary supreme court? Driving American prestige into the ground while tearing up the Bill of Rights? Guantanamo? Torture?

    Yeah...he will be thanked alright...for leaving.

    Bush and Cheney say history will judge them. History will judge Amercians for allowing them to stay this long.

    December 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. nursevic

    What a joke!

    December 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. earle, florida

    Wow! Only 23 days' and counting til the horror on Pennslyvania Ave is all gone,...Flush!!!

    December 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Ann

    Steve "Thank him? THANK HIM?!?!
    Get lost already you arrogant rethug lady you!!

    You are racist! Sounds good?

    December 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. reginald smith fairfax va

    this is from a woman who as secretary of state never solved one problem in all her years. can someone point out one accomplishment?

    December 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. J.C.

    When was the last time most countries liked us?
    I can barely remember that, but you may take note that millions of people around the world are applying for our visa lottery every year.
    They may be loud in anti-American, but they would move here immediately if we let them. It's not that the louder ones are always right. They are just loud. It seems to me that many Americans feel each individual European is smarter than an average American. That may be sadly true if we look at our failing education.

    Prof. Rice is absolutely right. If the people did not send Clinton to jail, (not for Monica), they have no reason to send Bush to jail. If they have any ground in impeachment, they would have started it long ago.

    December 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Question

    I have a serious question.....why do liberals care what other countries such as Europe think of us so much? Because the last time i checked, if it was not for us, they wouldn't be there anymore.

    December 28, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. Perusing-Through

    ??? Does Condoleezza Rice have any credibility left?

    No? I didn't think so.



    December 28, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Loretta

    I think you are right Ms. Rice. By the way you have been very good for this country. Clinton will be a joke. There is no way she can fill your shoes. Thank you for your service Ms. Rice and thank you Mr. President for your service and for protecting me and this country,
    even though there are people who will be sorry for what they have said about you.

    December 28, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    Some years ago Ms. Rice referred to President Bush as her husband in error at a party as published in Newsweek. I think maybe she has become to close to President Bush to see clearly. He is one of the worst Presidents in all times. Look as where this nation and the world is today because of him and his adminstration. I think history will not at all be kind to this President.

    December 28, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Smitty

    People will, unfortunately those "people" aren't Americans but the enemies of America.

    December 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Texas Teacher

    Jason in SC.... you are indeed delusional! Europeans are not against the American Citizens, but they despise Bush and his administration!

    They will welcome Barack Obama with open arms just as they did during his visit during the campaign. The whole world is cheering at the end of this administration and their war mongering! And I am right there with him... and long with over 75% of all Americans! 🙂

    Obama has an up hill road to travel, but at least he has the intelligence to do it wisely with the help of the most educated and intelligent minds this nation has to offer!

    Get over it.... your party lost for very good reason!

    December 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. chris@stl

    Bush will definitely be a part of history that my kids and grand kids would read about .... regarding how he was the 'worst' president ever for his ill conceived decisions, stupidity, and arrogance.

    December 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Bo C. Phuss

    Yes, Ms. Rice, we will sure thank him on Jan. 21, 2009...thank him for finally getting the heck out of the White House. Heck, we might even thank you for also getting out of the White House!

    December 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Sam

    Thank you so much, Bush, for helping my house lose $70,000 in just one year.

    December 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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