Condi in Pennsylvania: "Obama is the 'personification' of American values!" (So what does that make Condi then?)
Condoleezza Rice offers no critiques of Obama, defense for Bush administration in speech at Hershey Lodge
By Laura Vecsey
September 29, 2009, 8:53PMUniversity life at Stanford must be suiting Condoleezza Rice for now. Or maybe it’s the idea that she might one day fulfill her dream of becoming commissioner of the National Football League.
Whatever her ambitions, the former secretary of state made no waves Tuesday night and came nowhere near casting stones at President Barack Obama. Nor did Rice take up the defense of the Bush administration, as has former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Instead, as the keynote speaker at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce dinner at the Hershey Lodge, Rice plied the capacity ballroom crowd with an affirmation of the role the United States must play as the ambassadors for democracy – not only abroad, but at home.
“The U.S. needs to stand and reaffirm this great model of democratic capitalism, which has the ability to raise millions out of poverty and expand,” she said.
“While it’s fun to talk about the death of capitalism in France and Germany, the U.S has to stand for growth and capitalism and free-market economies.”
Speaking for an hour to many midstate business leaders and some politicians, Rice had no criticism for Obama, except a mild critique of his address to the United Nations last week in which the president said the United States alone can’t solve the world’s problems.
Rice cautioned that the U.S. must continue to lead.
“If we don’t lead, the world will be the chaotic place that it tends to be,” she said.
Otherwise, though, Rice said she was living by the credo of former President George W. Bush, who has said the new administration deserved “our silence and our loyalty.”
She called Obama the “personification” of American values, making a point to say where else could the son of a “Kenyan father and an American mother who was born in Hawaii and lived in Indonesia grow up to be president, except in the United States of America?”
Rice reserved her harshest criticism for Iran, saying that regime’s nuclear arms ambitions are undisputed and “for no good.” She said further sanctions will force the world to choose between siding with the U.S. or Iran.
“And there is no option there,” she said.Peter Dow comments.Captain America and Wonder WomanMaybe Condi is right but if Obama IS the personification of American values what does that make Condi, the super-personification or the idolization of American values? I mean Condi has got to outrank Obama in the grand scheme of things, right?Or is Condi the personification of global or universal values in addition to the personification of American values and in that way outranks Obama by having a wider values reach?Condi - a personification of American AND global values.Condi - the personification of universal valuesRice for President Yahoo Group"Condoleezza Rice for President in 2012. Join this group of supporters from everywhere on the world wide web."