Rice returns to White House for audience with another president

October 15, 2010

Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state to former President George W. Bush, returns to the White House this afternoon for a chat with the man who succeeded her boss, President Barack Obama. HONGKONG

It’s not totally unheard of for presidents to chat with predecessors’ Cabinet members. And the one-on-one in the Oval Office is probably just a show of respect for a former U.S. foreign policy leader.

But the private meeting was at least worth raising even  half an eyebrow, although observers didn’t quite know what to make of it. (Obama does like to cast a wide net for advice on foreign policy, economics and other issues).

Rice is on a tour for her just published book about her childhood — “Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me” – and has been giving media interviews to promote it.

CNN reports that before the White House meeting, Rice said in an interview that the invitation from a sitting president to a former Cabinet member is “not that unusual” and that they would discuss a range of foreign policy issues.  ”It’s whatever the president wants to talk about,” she told CNN.

The White House said the meeting was expected to last about 30 minutes. Our White House correspondent Caren Bohan tells us that Rice had chatted with Obama before his election about foreign policy, including a phone call during the campaign before Obama’s July 2008 trip abroad.

“She was going to be in town, and the president obviously couldn’t make her book party later today.  But he wanted to bring her in and have a chat with her.  I’m sure they’ll talk about a wide range of foreign policy issues,” White House spokesman Bill Burton said. 

Wonder if the president will get a signed copy of her book…

Photo credit: Reuters/Bobby Yip (Rice speaks during lecture on “The Future of Asia” in Hong Kong, March 19)

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As a journalist, I covered Condi in Aspen just before the presidential election. She was a delight and a helluva pianist. I got the feeling then that she was for Obama over McCain. Sterling Greenwood/AspenFreePress

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President Obama should invite Condi to be Secretary of Defense when Bob Gates retires next year.

That should lead to victory in Afghanistan and Iraq settled down nicely. That would be good for America, good for the world, good for President Obama, his legacy and his chances of re-election in 2012 if he wanted to run again and good for Condoleezza Rice who would be well placed herself to run for President or Vice President in 2012 or 2016.

I am one of Condi’s band of brothers already so that would be two for the price of one, Mr President.

Condi would be a popular Defense Secretary with the troops for sure as this video shows.

“Condoleezza Rice with her Band of Brothers”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsaqa4mgZ wM

All Peter Dow’s Condi videos
http://www.youtube.com/user/DrCondiRice# g/f

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I had the liberty to going through the synopsis on the subject under discussion and also the comments of my learned commenter friends. I could assimilate that Condi the ex-Secretary of State’s visit to White House to call on the President raised various questions on the impromptu visit of Condi.

Well, it is perfectly normal for such reaction by Medias as well as individuals. because of the fact, first because of the situation prevailing and the expected out come of the election of 2010. Secondly, because of the rumors of Vice President and the present Secretary of State’s change. In addition, Condi declared that she would join politics withholding to mention when she would.

Keeping the above at the back of my mind, I would like to state that Condi has an advantage and practical experience of dealing with both the Democrats and Republicans. As Secretary of State has practical experience of dealing with Russia and Israel.

Her study of specialization was Russia. May be if needed due to the election result her stepping in the government could have been a point of discussion.

Well, it could be President wanted to find out if she has any reservation on accepting any appointment in government if offered to her and or if she has any particular preference for any post in the government.

I suppose President is preparing in advance the best way to move forward with change if there be any. President had been open in appointing many Republicans in his administration and in cabinet on taking over the office as President.

Having stated so, I visualize her entry in the government is imminent at anytime. Before concluding, I feel that induction of the Powell ex-Secretary of State as defense secretary before closing up Afghan war would be of immense advantage and help for the Democratic government.

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Kingfisher,
speak english and stop visualizing imminent entry’s of synopsis assimilated with prevailing whatevers.

This is a comment section, not political theory 101 @ Haaarvaaad. Lower your nose and speak.

Obama wants Condi to pull him from 43% back to something positive. Condi wants another good job. Dunski – and all in two simple sentences.

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