Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, center, is helped from her chair by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, as they arrive for their news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The Condibot, the artificial Secretary of State which attends boring and/or unimportant functions while the real Condi has better things to do, is a delicate piece of cutting-edge electronics, so it's no wonder that there are occasional breakdowns and unfortunate public malfunctions. Today it was the "get up out of a chair" algorithms which failed; tomorrow, who knows?
Also, special note to the Condibot's wardrobe engineers: Hello? Red Dress Day was yesterday (see below), duh!