Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (L) and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice listen to remarks during a joint press availability with their Russian counterparts after a day of meetings in Moscow March 18, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Uh, oh, Klingon Condi doesn't look like she's having fun! Somebody break out the board games! So obviously Condi's bosses didn't have much faith in her ability to accomplish anything; that's why they sent along Gates as backup. And the result of this trip? Failure, natch!
MOSCOW (AP) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks Russian, and for awhile Tuesday she seemed to forget that not everyone is bilingual.
Rice gave a Russian translator fits when she gave a nearly five-minute outline of the day's meetings she and Defense Secretary Robert Gates had with Russian officials. On and on she went, in English, while the translator scribbled furiously, waiting for his turn to tell Russian reporters and a television audience what she'd said.
Usually, officials say a few sentences in their native language, wait for the translation and then continue.
"Oh, sorry, sorry, sorry!" Rice exclaimed when she realized the translator's predicament. "I forgot!"
The man did his best, giving a Russian summary of Rice's remarks punctuated with helpless little waves of his hand to show he hadn't quite gotten down every word.
"Close enough," Rice said in English.