January 19, 2009
SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MASS.): Thank you very much, Senator Dodd. It's my pleasure, on behalf of the entire committee and the Senate, to welcome you here, Dr. Rice. We're really pleased to have you here today. And obviously, I can see that some members of your family are here, ranging up and down the generations I see. We'd love to have you introduce them, if you would. Can you just share with us quickly who they are? And then I'd like to say a few words and I know Senator Lugar would too. SUSAN RICE: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
November 16, 2012 |
President Obama had a rare "bring-it-on" moment when ABC News's Jonathan Karl asked him about threats by Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to block the confirmation of Susan Rice, should he nominate her for secretary of state. "If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me ," Obama said Wednesday at his East Room news conference, defending his U.N. ambassador from charges that she misled the public about attacks on Americans in Libya.
November 26, 2012
In his Nov. 18 Sunday Opinion column, " The wrong person to fight for ," Dana Milbank joined the chorus of those calling U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice unqualified to be secretary of state. I was privileged to teach Ms. Rice in two high school history courses at the National Cathedral School in Washington. She excelled in both courses. As a ninth-grader, Ms. Rice was already a writer of superb essays. I taught her again in a difficult AP course when she was a junior. Her performance was again excellent.
November 29, 2012 |
Does gender — or the supercharged combination of gender and race — play a role in the preemptive strikes on not-yet-secretary of state nominee Susan Rice ? For perspective on this complex question, it helps to return to 1974 and the nomination of another woman, Alice Rivlin, to head the Congressional Budget Office. As Rivlin tells the story, the office had just been created, she was selected by a search committee — and the House Budget Committee chairman made clear his adamant, gender-based opposition.
December 6, 2012 |
White House observers note an interesting game of musical chairs underway — or maybe dominoes is more appropriate — with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice at the center. Here's what we're hearing is the state of play amongst some very interested parties. While it's well known that Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is (after President Obama himself) Rice's biggest supporter to be nominated as secretary of state, self-interest has created a coalition of strange bedfellows who are also backing her, despite the...
November 28, 2012 |
Replacing Hillary Clinton was always going to be hard. Even before the attacks in Benghazi became a political controversy, the job of filling Clinton's globe-trotting heels as secretary of state was a monumental one for President Obama. With high approval ratings, a record of success that " relies on development and civilian power as much as military might " and a status as the easy favorite for a 2016 Democratic presidential nod, Clinton was always going to be a tough act to follow.