(via Huffington Post)
Condi lives and operates within a fairly exclusive, chic bubble. Think of all the pictures of her that this blog has featured, and think of how many of them show her, you know, just walking around amongst ordinary mortals. Hardly any, right?
But the other day, what began as a regular trip to the Watergate's beauty salon ended up being an uncomfortable confrontation with somebody less-than-enthusiastic about La Rice's performance on that Middle Eastern thingy. And unfortunately for Condi, this salon client had an upload account with the Huffington Thing. Let's listen in:
Recognizing how rare it is to get face-time with the nation's top diplomat, Nadia felt she had to say something, anything. "Great job you're doing in Gaza," she blurted out. Nadia says Rice then turned to her and smiled. "Ohh thank youu," she responded, dramatically dragging out each word. "I don't think she understood the sarcasm," Nadia told me. "No. I mean is there anything else that the U.S. can say other than all of the onus is on Hamas to end the violence?" she asked Rice.
"We've made other statements!" Rice replied, as she walked away. "And it is," she added, referring to the notion that solving the crisis is solely in the hands of Hamas.
Oh, dear. Touchy, touchy! Unsatisfied with Condi's trademarked non-answers, her fellow traveler in beauty decided a little stalking was in order:
After her exchange with Rice, Nadia called her friend, Kevin, who suggested they wait outside the now-closed salon to approach the Secretary of State about Gaza once again.
"I pay taxes, so I feel responsible for what's going on," Kevin, who works as a consultant, told me, alluding to the fact that Israel receives the most U.S. foreign aid of any country.
When Rice emerged, the duo calmly asked her to reconsider her stance on Gaza. "We told her that right now she really has the power to do something," Nadia said "and that we know that deep down she doesn't even believe in what she's doing."
Awkward! So at this point they knew they had lost Condi's attention, but the plucky citizen inquisitors had one final card up their sleeves:
Rice ignored their comments, walking at a steady pace with her entourage in tow, before Nadia asked a final question.
"I said, 'Fine if you won't say anything, how about you pose for a picture?,' Nadia recalled. "At that point, she turned, paused and gave us the most chilling smile."
And that's the photo you see above! And that leaves one final question: if that's how Condi looked AFTER visiting the Watergate salon, what, exactly, were they doing to her in there?