US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) and Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze shake hands after signing a bilateral cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington. The United States and Georgia signed a strategic partnership accord here Friday in a reaffirmation of US support for Georgia's sovereignty after its war with Russia in August. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
Haw! Even by Condi's standards, this is an impressively meaningless accord, coming as it does at the very end of an administration about to be systematically dismantled. But I'm sure she had a lovely chat* with Grigol, and the photo-op turned out nice. They also did a little dueling podium action:
Aw. Part of me is going to miss having Condi at Foggy Bottom, but most of me feels that by now I've seen her complete repertoire. What's sad is that her raw ability to do something surprising or entertaining right this very moment is at an all-time high, but the likelihood of such happening is at an all-time low. Do you know what I mean? Like, she could just totally blow our minds with little or no effort! Like, she could just suddenly say fuck on network television and suddenly become hilarious and entertaining again. But, of course, these behavior types are not programmed into the Condibot's algorithms. You know how during the election people (including me) kept saying, hilariously, Let Sarah be Sarah? This is like totally the opposite of that: Let Condi be... Somebody Else! Anybody Else!
*You can read their podiumspeak here. You kinda get the feeling that this is Condi saying, "Sorry, you aren't getting into NATO, but here's a lovely parting gift."