Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with European Union Secretary General Javier Solana at the State Department, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce ceneta)
The State Department's revolving door had a busy day. And look! It's one of our favorites, excitable Javier Solana, who we love, love, love, even if we aren't sure why, am I right? Wow, is he looking forward to January, I bet! But I wonder where Condi is? But Princess, you say, she's right there! Oh, come on, now, look closer! That is totally, obviously the labor-saving, Disneymatic Condibot standing in while the real one, I don't know, gets her nails done.
Condi's brief Q&A with the press while standing there with Solana was a comedy masterpiece; the robot diplomatrix isn't nearly as skilled in the art of the non-answer as the real secretary of state. Note how hilariously unsubtle:
QUESTION: Madame Secretary, how did your meeting with the Libyan Seif al-Islam (inaudible)?SECRETARY RICE: Yeah, it was just fine. We had a very good conversation just about how to move the relationship forward.
QUESTION: Did you say anything about human rights? I know you raised Fathi al-Jahmi.
SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. We did discuss – we did.
QUESTION: And did he –
SECRETARY RICE: Thank you. Thank you very much.
Ha, ha! Gotta go! Condibot needs rewinding!
The clever, nearly lifelike simulacrum also met with Spain's foreign minister, so now we can add "palling around with terrorists" to the Condibot's resume:
Interesting to note that Reuters doesn't seem terribly interested in covering Condi anymore. They know she's on autopilot and, I suppose, Yuri Gripas has better things to do, more captivating things to shoot.
UPDATE: Curiously mangled, wine-influenced sentences repaired.