Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. (R) stands next to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at an event where he was named special sports envoy for the Bush administration in Washington August 13, 2007. (Molly Riley/Reuters)
Oh, she's got a million tricks up her chic sleeves (and possibly a box of adorable puppies hidden behind her back just in case this photo-op doesn't pan out)! What's all this about major setbacks in Afghanistan? Allow me to present Michelle Kwan! And now it's Cal Ripken, Jr.'s turn to play merkin to the Bush Administration's naughty bits. I bet if there's "another 911," Condi will pull an entire soccer team out of her ass.
Also, um... isn't this supposed to be public diplomacy guru Karen Hughes' job? Where's Karen been, anyway? She seems to be performing her duty by hiding in a cave, which, if you think about it, is probably more effective than her previous efforts.