Rice leaves Clinton welcome note, bids staff goodbye

January 16, 2009

condyWASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bid a tearful goodbye to her staff on Friday and left behind a welcome note for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is set to take over the top diplomatic job on Tuesday.

Hundreds of staff turned out at the State Department’s entrance in a farewell ceremony for Rice, who was teary-eyed as she thanked employees for their service and then posed for photographs before leaving the building.

Rice, who plans to write a book about diplomacy from her home in California as well as one about her parents, told reporters she had left a note for Clinton on her desk but declined to say what was in it.

Earlier, senior staff presented Rice with the chair she had used in cabinet meetings during her four-year tenure as Secretary of State.

Clinton is expected to be officially confirmed on Tuesday by the full Senate as the diplomatic chief immediately after the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bids farewell to staff members and employees after her last scheduled work day at the State Department in Washington on Jan. 16, 2009. 


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Once again, Bush and his administration is showing how classy it is toward the incoming administration.

It is very refreshing to know they won’t leave town by trashing up the place like the Clinton administration did.

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TC, you need to get a CT (…scan, that is.)
You know what, you’re right. We should really thank the Bush administration for not “trashing up the place”. Let’s do that right now. It’s not important that they trashed up, oh, I don’t know, the economy, the morale of an entire nation, the lives of millions of Americans whose loved ones were lost in battle, and so and and so forth. No. Let’s thank them for being kind enough to leave the White House in mint condition.

It’s totally alright that they left the nation in tatters, with an economy that has not seen days as dark as these since the Great Depression. It’s fine that the days following Hurricane Katrina, the nation watched in disbelief as NOTHING was done for the devastated millions who lost EVERYTHING.

Let’s all chip in and buy them a cookie for being considerate enough to keep the White House in such great shape. Thanks for keeping the dust off the mantle. You call keeping the White House in good shape, the home that we as a nation basically allowed him to borrow for eight years, a sign of class? Please. Since when was a well-maintained home a sign of class? That’s nothing more than a sign of good help.

By the way, of those eight years in office, approximately three were spent not at the White House, but at the ranch. And that is a fact.

Speaking of fact, I don’t remember reading anywhere that the Clintons left the White House in disarray. I do, however, remember that the Clinton administration left town with the country at peace and an economic surplus. I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to overlook a dusty mantle or chipped paint if I have peace of mind and economic stability.

It’s good to know that the new administration will have a clean house to come home to every night after they’ve finished trying to clean up the economic mess we’re in.

But listen, TC, I admire your zeal for a cleanliness. Because with the mess we’re in right now, you might have to look for another job, and the elite few that can afford it will be looking for some good help.

TC, get that CT.

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Wow. You are a wonder of negativity. Sorry, but you will soon see that Bush did a lot of good for this country. Obama is even continuing many of the Bush policies.

You better be careful of what you call bad. The last time the country tried to spend its way out of a problem kept us in the depression for 10 long years. All while Europe got out of their depression in 2 years. We are on the same course now and it isn’t Bush’s fault.

Wait until hyper inflation hits you with all the money being printed now and the two trillion dollars of money we don’t have is being spent right now. In addition, money is being printed like wild. When our dollar is worthless, you will be wishing Obama and the democrats would not have tried to go into deeper into debt as a way to get out of debt. Are you able to do that in your own life?

The unemployment rate under Bush was 4.7 percent under Bush, inflation is the lowest its been in the last 30 years and the stock market grew to over 14000 as a result of tax cuts. The so called Clinton surplus was a lie.

The economic problems we have now are a result of over 30 years of bad policies, democratic and republican alike. You can blame Bush for everything since the beginning of time, but history will show him to be a better president than what you listening to the media thinks it is.

Bush did a good job as president.

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