Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha, left, meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at the the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
It's pretty much back to normal for Condi, and that means returning to the classic photo-ops! Seen above, she's back cozied in her nest of matching armchairs in the State Department's luxury greeting salon with the not unpleasant looking Albanian diplobot. Yesterday she did a "dueling podiums" with Stephen Smith, the Australian Condi:
And, you know, I love how she looks kinda fed-up in the above shot. Maybe the press conference was boring (it was)? Poor thing, after being swept up in luxury travel and ski lodges and parties with predatory birds in Dubai and lovely strawberry drinks... well, wouldn't you get bored at a routine presser, too?
There was a funny part, though: flirting! Here are the two discussing their favorite topic:
FOREIGN MINISTER SMITH: Could I say that from a selfish, personal point of view, as a person who comes from Perth and Western Australia, one of the most enjoyable parts of the meeting was inviting the Secretary to come to visit Perth and Western Australia, which I’m happy to announce she gratefully accepted, so I’m very pleased to say that not only will formal conversations continue in the usual way, but at some stage in the course of this year, we’ll see Secretary Rice in Perth and Western Australia. Thank you.
SECRETARY RICE: I very much look forward to that and I see smiles on the faces of my traveling press corps, so look forward to it.
Yay for trips! Yay for traveling press corps! Everybody wins!