U.S. President George W. Bush shakes hands with Peru's Foreign Minister Jose Garcia Belaunde as Peru's President Alan Garcia kisses U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during their meeting at the APEC summit in Lima November 23, 2008. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (PERU)
Oh, this is going to be a very long, drawn-out swan song for Dr. Ferragamo. From now on, she's going to hear nothing but variations of the following two questions: How does it feel to be a failure? Have you picked a title for the book?
QUESTION: Is there any sense of disappointment at unfinished business?
QUESTION: Is the meeting with Olmert just a farewell, or is it more?
QUESTION: Is this your last summit, also, Madam Secretary?
And meanest of all:
QUESTION: Are you looking forward to transition meetings with Senator Clinton?
HAW! So mean, right? But, please, can we get to the product placement part? Say no more:
QUESTION: And after January 20th what are you going to do?
SECRETARY RICE: Get back west of the Mississippi as fast as I can. I'm going back to Stanford/Hoover. I will write a book or two, or so. I am going to also get reconnected to some issues that I was involved in before. You have to remember that before taking on the national security job I actually was not doing foreign policy for six years, I was provost at Stanford.
I am a major advocate for K-12 education. I started a nonprofit in 1992 that's now got five centers. And I want to work on those issues because -- you know, it's been great, this is a fabulous country and there is no greater honor than representing this country. And you recognize that we are really -- we are respected, maybe even a little feared through military power; admired, maybe even a little envied for economic power. But fundamentally admired for the sense that in America it really doesn't matter where you came from, it matters where you're going; and that people of humble circumstance do rise to the top.
QUESTION: Will your book be an autobiography?
SECRETARY RICE: I don't know, Sheryl, I'm still -- right now I'm still trying to get through the next few weeks and then I'll sit down and think about it.
Will her book be an autobiography? Duh.
So, you know, we'll be seeing plenty of Condi from the sounds of it. Also, I like how she said that this is a fabulous country because it's so totally true! Yay!