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.
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.