Thursday, November 20, 2008


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:

(AP Photo)

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.


FranIAm said...

That one in the top photo is definitely the 'bot! Whoa baby, no mistaking that.

And Javier- he looks like he is about to launch into the Hokey-Pokey or something.

Dan Tierney Smith said...

Thought you might like to know that gender analyzer calculates that this blog is 65% likely to be written by a man. Is there something we need to know?

See for yourself:

Gender Analysis of Princess Sparkle Pony's Photo Blog

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Well, Dan, nothing you can't find out by simply looking at my profile.

Matty Boy said...

I'm with Fran on this one. It's the Hokey Pokey or the Madison or some new dance craze the kids are all gaga about, and right soon!

rptrcub said...

Good God, that gender analysis thing says I'm a woman!

zoe said...

Oh my! It seems as though she has traded in her 2" Blahniks for the 4" Blahniks. She has not been seen in this pair of shoes to this date. Blahniks? Choos? Me no-no, but they are new. She is STEPPING OUT!

brooklyn red said...

I think that Javier looks like a Javi-bot - or some sort of weird puppet - when I first saw the photo I though you were playing with photoshop again.(And wtf is with gender analyis of a blog!)

Karen Zipdrive said...

She's just so 2004.
Move on people, nuthin' to see.

ilex said...

Aw crap, does this mean that freaking adorable Halle Berry "haircut" wasn't really a haircut, just some damn tease of an updo? Oh Condi.

dguzman said...

Love the second photo--looks like a Rockette doing her kick thing from a chair, singing, "New York, New York!"

And Spain-Guy looks on approvingly! "Higher, Condi, higher!"

puravida said...

Oh my, I hope she doesn't malfunction like Yul Bryner in "Westworld." That would be bad.