Because It's Not Her Time (Yet)

Everyone seems to be making a big deal out of the remark made by First Lady Laura Bush last week when she said that she’d like to see Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice run for president. Funny thing is, if you actually read her comment, she said it would be likely that the US would have a woman president sometime in the next few election cycles. She said nothing about 2008, yet the media goes ga-ga and so we have this rush to hear the next word from Condi. Well, the Secretary said what we (those who follow politics) expected.

Asked about the first lady’s comments Sunday, Rice laughed and good naturedly answered the recurring question about her prospects for president in 2008. No dice, she said _ for the umpteenth time.

“Obviously, it’s flattering when people say things like that. The first lady is not only a terrific person, she’s my friend. And I was honored that she said that, of course. She’s a wonderful person,” Rice said.

“But I’ve spoken to this. I know what I’m good at, I know what I want to do and that’s not it.”

How about vice president?

“The two are the same,” she said with a grin and a shake of her head.

Can’t you just see the look on the face of the media upon hearing that comment? Good ‘ol Condi – always ready to tweak the MSM.

But the bottom line is Condoleezza Rice is not ready to be president. She’s not ready to be vice president either. In the same way many criticized Dan Quayle, Secretary Rice hasn’t yet had enough time in the seat. She’s just begun to put herself out among world leaders. She needs to be evaluated further on her ability to maneuver foreign relations in real-time. As a communicator, Condi needs more face-time in front of the American public. There’s just a lot that needs to be done to shape her into presidential material.


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