Friday, January 16, 2009
Condi Says Goodbye
The outgoing Secretary of State made a ceremonial final exit from the State Department's C. St. lobby this afternoon and hundreds of department employees gathered to see her off.
"I’ve been so lucky to be the chief diplomat for a country that has never sought empire, and understands that power is only good when it is married with principle," Condoleezza Rice told the crowd. "And I have been so privileged and so honored to serve with each and every one of you. Because the men and women of the State Department, those working here in Washington, those working in the far corners of the earth, are the best example of what America stands for."
"Many times, throughout discussions with countries that are trying to break free of authoritarianism or in cases where countries are still under authoritarian rule, I’ve found myself defending the free press," Rice said. The press corps then challenged that statement by shouting questions as she turned to go. Rice briefly obliged and then turned things over to spokesman Sean McCormack.
She never got the recognition she deserved. While Obama was hailed as the first black president, where was the recognition for Condi Rice's remarkable achievements. Where indeed for her remarkable LIFE. Highly educated, deeply loyal, once a Democrat turned Republican. I don't recall ever having read one in depth story about her this entire time in the media. What an absolute shame. I am going to miss her.