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The Rice stuff (CONDI RICE)
The Commercial Appeal ^ | 2/18/03 | Jon W Sparks

Posted on 02/18/2003 6:04:20 AM PST by GailA


By J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Through hard work, outstanding intelligence and good connections, Condoleezza Rice has become virtually indispensable to the Bush administration as national security adviser.

The author of Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story is impressed with the national security adviser to President Bush.

The Rice stuff Condi author tells all about security adviser - and it's all good

By Jon W. Sparks sparks@gomemphis.com February 18, 2003

Condoleezza Rice is the most powerful black woman in the world today.

Care to argue with that?

Take it up with biographer Antonia Felix, the go-to source for all things Condi.

The author of Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story is plainly impressed with the national security adviser to President Bush.

"She cannot be intimidated," Felix says without fear of contradiction. "She holds her own among major figures. That relationship with Bush has made her his closest adviser in the White House."

Rice's daunting resume tells why. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1954, studied piano, loved to ice skate and shared a passion for football with her father. She graduated cum laude from the University of Denver, was drawn to international affairs, got a PhD and became a poli-sci prof at Stanford.

She started out fast; now it gets faster.

Condi publishes, she gets promoted, she gets noticed. A stint with the George H. W. Bush administration is a boost, and she joins corporate boards, addresses the Republican National Convention and is appointed provost at Stanford. Already pals in politics and football with the younger Bush, her smarts and straight-shooting style keep her at his side during the campaign and secure the national security adviser job after election.

It's so very stratospheric, but, as Felix notes, it all started with a fundamental thing.

"Her family, her parents - what incredible people they were. They were such loving, supporting, stimulating and amazing people. They put all of that into Condi so she would have every opportunity to be what she wanted to be. Starting in one of the most segregated cities in America in the 1960s, they turned it around. They made her believe she was invincible."

Not every goal was reached. Rice wanted to be a concert pianist - she took to the keyboard at age 3 - but destiny put that career aside. Felix says it remains a passion, however: "Her music is still a big part of her life. She's a great pianist and she doesn't take it lightly. She plays like a pro."

If it takes one to know one, then Felix was a natural choice to do the Rice bio. Both have busy and diverse passions.

Felix has a degree in psychology, worked as an ad copywriter, has done graduate work in music, has written 13 nonfiction books, edited others and presently, in between author appearances, is working on her master's degree in English.

There's more. She also finds time to perform in the United States and Europe as an operatic soprano.

"It sounds like a lot, but it's spread over 45 years," Felix says modestly.

An unauthorized biography of Harry Connick Jr. got Felix noticed by other publishers, and more book deals started cooking.

Between Harry and Condi, she did a biography of first lady Laura Bush.

"My agent had the idea after the election. Nobody really knew anything about her, and he thought publishers would be interested."

Felix wrote a proposal, but the idea went pfffft in New York publishing circles. Not enough scandalous material to feed the beast.

"Then we were having lunch with an editor at Adams Media, a publisher in Boston, and she said 'That sounds like something my boss would love to publish.' "

So Felix got to work.

The Laura Bush book turned out to be a success. After 9/11, the focus on the national security adviser became acute.

So Felix got to work again.

She never did get to interview her subject, who was understandably busy prosecuting a war at the time. But Rice's office did cooperate in providing a number of the photographs reproduced in the book.

For all the excitement and power of the present moment, it is the future of Condoleezza Rice that is most intriguing.

"There are so many alternatives for her," says Felix. "She's not the kind of person who makes a five-year plan. There are a lot of people in California who'd like her to run for senator or governor. She could go back to Stanford to teach, or she could be president of a major university. A lot of the buzz around Washington is that in 2004, if Vice President Cheney steps aside, that Bush might ask her to be his running mate."

Which would make Rice a formidable candidate for president in 2008. And if this stellar achiever were to notch that victory, she'd no longer be the most powerful black woman in the world. She'd be the most powerful human on the planet.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: condirice; drcondoleezzarice
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1 posted on 02/18/2003 6:04:20 AM PST by GailA
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To: GailA; section9
Thaks for posting this, Gail.

Chris, I just knew you would like to read this!

2 posted on 02/18/2003 6:07:46 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: dubyaismypresident; hobbes1
condi lovers ping.
3 posted on 02/18/2003 6:08:25 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: *Dr._Condoleezza_Rice; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; Aaron_A; Abn1508; Alex P. Keaton; ALOHA RONNIE; angelo; ...
Condi! ping.
4 posted on 02/18/2003 7:31:17 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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5 posted on 02/18/2003 7:34:50 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Black conservative ping

If you want on (or off) of my black conservative ping list, please let me know via FREEPmail. (And no, you don't have to be black to be on the list!)

Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

6 posted on 02/18/2003 7:37:19 AM PST by mhking ("The word is no. I am therefore going anyway..." --Admiral J.T. Kirk)
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7 posted on 02/18/2003 7:38:29 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GailA
Condi rules!
8 posted on 02/18/2003 7:39:35 AM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: rintense
GO CONDI!
9 posted on 02/18/2003 7:45:08 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all)
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To: GailA
BTTT
10 posted on 02/18/2003 7:51:44 AM PST by Britton J Wingfield
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To: mhking; GailA
OH!! How I want this woman to be our next president. She's the smartest woman, the most astute woman, the classiest woman, the most political savvy woman, the most knowledgeable in foreign policy we have in the United States. She would make Republicans so proud. The Rice Stuff definitely has the RIGHT stuff.

(I only hope that certain element on the far right doesn't bring up certain single issue issues)

I will work hard to help her get elected.

GO CONDI!!!!! We LOVE you. You're Dynamite....

(eeks...she could run against the Hitlary)
11 posted on 02/18/2003 8:03:11 AM PST by Gracey
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To: Gracey
A RIGHT Stuff bump
12 posted on 02/18/2003 8:15:52 AM PST by Gracey
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To: xsmommy
condi lovers ping.

And you left me off that ping why?

13 posted on 02/18/2003 8:18:39 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: GailA
America's Margaret Thatcher. She is really impressive.
14 posted on 02/18/2003 8:18:44 AM PST by bushfamfan
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To: mhking; GailA
Thanks for the ping. Have you all see this site?

http://www.rice2008.com/
15 posted on 02/18/2003 8:28:21 AM PST by Gracey
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To: VRWCmember
didn't know how much of a condi aficionado you were, vast. duly noted!
16 posted on 02/18/2003 8:56:09 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: GailA
It is amazing how much she has done in here life. And cute too.
17 posted on 02/18/2003 10:19:50 AM PST by Sinner6 (Communism is a cancer)
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To: GailA
With Bush's approval rating, it would ensure an easy in for Condi as VP in 2004. Please let it be!!!!!!
18 posted on 02/18/2003 10:21:22 AM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004)
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To: GailA
Condi Rice for President bump
19 posted on 02/18/2003 10:22:54 AM PST by cyborg
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To: cyborg
I'll second that motion!
20 posted on 02/18/2003 10:25:26 AM PST by GailA (stop PAROLING killers Throw Away the Keys http://keasl5227.tripod.com/)
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To: GailA
Condi bttt !


21 posted on 02/18/2003 10:33:39 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: GailA

22 posted on 02/18/2003 10:45:21 AM PST by condi2008 (Pro Libertate)
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To: GailA
Condoleezza,

Will you marry me?

23 posted on 02/18/2003 11:14:49 AM PST by Kennesaw
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To: xsmommy
If I weren't already married, my pursuits of Condi's affections would probably get me labeled a stalker.
24 posted on 02/18/2003 11:22:36 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Condi Rice ... Bump, she's the best of the best!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Be Well - Be Armed - Be Safe - Molon Labe!

Let's Roll!
25 posted on 02/18/2003 11:23:19 AM PST by blackie
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To: VRWCmember; hobbes1; dubyaismypresident
you would be fighting hobbes and dubs. of course, dubs thinks he has the upper hand bc he is single and so is she. but then he broke ann coulter's heart at CPAC so he is just a heartbreaker.
26 posted on 02/18/2003 11:27:28 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy; dubyaismypresident; hobbes1
Now you've done it xs. There is this scene playing in my head where Ann C and Condi get into a bikini-clad catfight over my affections. Either way, I win!
27 posted on 02/18/2003 11:41:15 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: xsmommy; VRWCmember
dubs thinks he has the upper hand bc he is single and so is she.

That and Condi and I are both Cleveland Browns fans :-)

28 posted on 02/18/2003 11:42:14 AM PST by NeoCaveman (The rest of this tagline is subliminal)
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To: VRWCmember
Now you've done it xs. There is this scene playing in my head where Ann C and Condi get into a bikini-clad catfight over my affections. Either way, I win!

Dude you stole my fantasy, of course in mine they start out in business atire, which they pull off eachother in the catfight.

29 posted on 02/18/2003 11:43:44 AM PST by NeoCaveman (The rest of this tagline is subliminal)
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To: dubyaismypresident
Condi would break that pencil of a woman in half and the fight would be over quick.
30 posted on 02/18/2003 11:46:08 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: dubyaismypresident
Of course, in the cable-only portion of my mind there is an alternate ending where one of them says "Why don't we call it a tie and share him?" and the other says "What a great idea!"
31 posted on 02/18/2003 11:46:10 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember; dubyaismypresident
yunz are pathetic!
32 posted on 02/18/2003 11:47:11 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: Kennesaw; dubyaismypresident; hobbes1
Condoleezza,
Will you marry me?

Hey! Don't be making moves on my woman!

33 posted on 02/18/2003 11:47:53 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: netmilsmom
Actually Condi is Bush and Rove's trump card. If the economy doesn't do well next year, they can make the election a referendum on electing America's first black VP instead of a referendum on the economy. The whole dynamic changes. She's one hell of an ace in the hole.
34 posted on 02/18/2003 11:48:03 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: xsmommy
yunz are pathetic!

Why whatever do you mean, Miss XS?

35 posted on 02/18/2003 11:48:54 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember
I'm hoping she shows up here next year in some capacity for Bush's re-election.
36 posted on 02/18/2003 11:50:15 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: VRWCmember
There's a photoshop here at FR of Bush as Bond and Laura and Condi as Bond girls-- where Condi is in a bikini.
37 posted on 02/18/2003 11:52:15 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: VRWCmember
Oops. It was just a tight, midriff-baring tank top.


38 posted on 02/18/2003 11:55:45 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I'm for that!!!!
39 posted on 02/18/2003 11:57:27 AM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004)
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To: VRWCmember
i mean that yunz guys have very vivid fantasy lives!
40 posted on 02/18/2003 11:57:28 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Condi would break that pencil of a woman in half and the fight would be over quick.

Pencil? The camera subtracts ten pounds. Besudes, she has a higher metablosim than most, what's she supposed to do about.

41 posted on 02/18/2003 11:57:48 AM PST by NeoCaveman (The rest of this tagline is subliminal)
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To: dubyaismypresident; GraniteStateConservative
you forget that dubs has been upclose and in person with ann and therefore can opine authoritatively...
42 posted on 02/18/2003 11:58:54 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: dubyaismypresident
It's her business that she weighs 90 lbs. Condi would break her in half and use her as chop sticks.
43 posted on 02/18/2003 12:02:32 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: VRWCmember
And this from Chris (Section9)


44 posted on 02/18/2003 12:10:50 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: GraniteStateConservative
I like it.
45 posted on 02/18/2003 12:17:55 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Thanks for the ping.

Bump.

46 posted on 02/18/2003 9:02:11 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Thanks for the ping- GO CONDI!!
47 posted on 02/18/2003 9:58:36 PM PST by mafree
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To: GailA
GREAT TO READ MORE ABOUT A GREAT GAL
48 posted on 02/18/2003 10:23:08 PM PST by Quix (FREEPCARDS additions will be delayed until after birthday and Albuquerque trip)
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To: dubyaismypresident; GraniteStateConservative
Condi would break that pencil of a woman in half and the fight would be over quick.

I agree, they say Condi is also a Workout fanatic.

Pencil? The camera subtracts ten pounds. Besudes, she has a higher metablosim than most, what's she supposed to do about.

Protein and Weights.

49 posted on 02/19/2003 4:56:40 AM PST by hobbes1
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To: hobbes1

Thanks for posting the Condi thread, people.

Condi is a serious musclehead. However, the comparison is not between her and Coulter: the two might actually get on, although Condi is less ideological than Ann.

The contrast I want to see is between Condi and the Hildebeast.

I mean, no freaking contest. Condi in a walk.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

50 posted on 02/19/2003 5:37:33 AM PST by section9 (The girl in the picture is Major Motoko Kusanagi from "Ghost In the Shell". Any questions?)
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