California, Here She Comes

December 18, 2008

Don’t look for Condoleezza Rice to get all sentimental about waving goodbye to Washington after the Bush administration leaves office on Jan. 20.

It’s no secret that the Secretary of State plans to go back to California. But will she miss life in the U.S. capital?

“No,” Rice said, laughing, in a CNN interview.

She has been a top adviser to President George W. Bush for eight years — first as national security adviser before moving to the State Department in 2005.

Before joining the Bush administration, Rice was provost at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and she’s ready to return to the Golden State.

“It’s not that I haven’t loved being here,” Rice said, referring to Washington.

“But the truth of the matter is, from the first time that my family crossed the Kansas border into Colorado when I was six, I knew I should live west of the Mississippi,” said Rice, who was born in Birmingham, Alabama. “I just love the West. It’s open and it’s different and it’s entrepreneurial.”

Rice said she is fond of some of the cities in the East but ”really, really loves being West.”

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