France's Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the State Department in Washington, September 12, 2006. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsAnd, yes, that's immediately after Condi returned from her romantic getaway with Canadian Foreign Minister Peter MacKay, as documented on Tuesday. People, I think the fact that Condi didn't even change her outfit kinda puts the kibosh on the whole romantic speculation thing, don't you? (According to the NY Times and Pony Pal™ Lulu, all of Canada is positively atwitter about all this.) But anyway, don't you love the pose with the French guy? It's like they're saying, "You're stupid! No, you're stupid!" Silly diplomats! You're both right!
Next up is the President of South Korea:
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, right, greets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a meeting at the Blair House, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, in Washington. Roh is in Washington Wednesday for meetings and sightseeing and is scheduled to meet with President Bush Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Ah yes, meetings and sightseeing. And here he is with one of Washington's most popular visitor attractions: Condi! But notice that this isn't Condi's plush palace at the State Department, but some dump called the Blair House, so they've had to make up for the lack of a fireplace, standard to the matching armchairs photo-op, with a selection of lovely bowls! Works for me.
Next on La Rice's dance card was the Polish Prime Minister, and he was kinda given the bum's rush, and was merely allowed to stand near the matching armchairs, not in them:
Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kacynski, left, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice deliver a brief statement, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, at the State Department Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)Not much to say about this encounter. Cute li'l munchkin, isn't he? But get out of the way, Short-stuff, because Condi's got a date with some podiums:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, center, walks in before the start of her press conference with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the State Department, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)And who was her dueling podium date? Why, it's her Iraeli counterpart, the excitingly-named Tzipi Livni:
Clearly, Condi madly loves this woman, and that's even more proof that her fling with Peter MacKay was all a sham.
Whew! That's a lotta Condoleezza! And that doesn't even include today's photo-ops! Will Condi end the week with a bang, or is she all worn out and used up by this time? Stay tuned!