Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) meets with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the United Nations in New York May 9, 2006. Foreign ministers of major powers failed to come up with a joint strategy for dealing with Iran after Tehran sought to influence the negotiations with a stunning last-minute diplomatic maneuver, officials said. (Chip East/Reuters)Yes, yes, they make nice for the cameras; they hug and they kiss, and it's all a grand time, I'm sure. But body language doesn't lie:
Um, I'm sure they could have could have sat further apart from one another, but then they'd have to dig up an even longer couch. Make no mistake, Condi 'n' Kofi, as sitcom-ready as it sounds, just isn't a very good pairing. This is the price our beloved heroine must pay in New York: for every fabulous trip to Bergdorf's, there's a tiresome United Nations endurance challenge to suffer through. It's nice, though, to see that Condi's rebound relationship with sparkley-new British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett has progressed rapidly to the delightful girlfriends-whispering-in-each-other's-ears phase:
And you know just exactly what she's saying, right? "Pssst... Maggie! If you see his mustache start to twitch, or if he starts compulsively straightening his eyeglasses, run like hell!"
But I think the day's most charming moment came when Condi bestowed a great, rare honor upon China's Li Zhaoxing:
Yes, she allowed Chinese Foreign Minister to briefly hold 'n' cuddle her invisible friend. Now that, Pony Pals™, is diplomacy.