This is unbelievable stuff, even from the shameless left, in its intellectually-vacant attempt to smear and degrade the fabulous new Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice. But in this case, whether kooky or not, it was printed in the New York Times and Washington Post, and promulgated by some of the most respected cartoonists in the business. When the left decides to go racist, it really goes whole hog (some may remember the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings). Follow these links for cartoons and an article:
UK Mirror (story)
The partial picture above is from Pat Oliphant's supposedly insightful piece of political rhetoric. Is this how low we have sunk (I know we've hit almost rock bottom in this culture, but one can still manage to be a little shocked once in a while . . .)? Jeff Danzinger's trash is a take-off of the young character played by Butterfly McQueen in Gone With the Wind: the one that screams: "I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies!" Doonesbury portrays President Bush and Dr. Rice as both grossly ignorant about terrorism, and Bush calls her "Brown Sugar." Finally, the ridiculous UK Mirror story has the line: "If there were a monkey in the White House - and many reckon there is - then his trainer would be the world's most powerful person."
All this about one of the most brilliant, credentialed persons of any race or gender! You would think that the liberals (being so wonderfully colorblind as they are and far less racist than any conservative one could choose at random -- so they endlessly inform us) could celebrate the first female African-American Secretary of State, and the second African-American in a row to hold that position (after Colin Powell). But of course political views overcome all that, just as it did with Clarence Thomas. Unless one is a liberal black person, then one must be despised as an "Oreo" (black on the outside, white on the inside), an "Uncle Tom," etc. That kind of thought is beyond asinine and ridiculous (not to mention ultimately insulting to all black people, as if they are a bunch of robots or clones who can only think in one way), and I won't waste anyone's time here even commenting on it. Here are a few facts about Dr. Rice:
Dr. Condoleezza Rice became the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, on January 22, 2001.
In June 1999, she completed a six year tenure as Stanford University 's Provost, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.
As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors -- the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.
From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.
She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula . In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco.
Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004.
Dr. Rice rose to all this accomplishment from a childhood of abject poverty (the daughter of a cotton farmer). Even the ludicrous UK Mirror article mentioned that she was "an accomplished pianist and ice-skater before graduating from college at 19," that she is "an expert in international studies," and "speaks fluent Russian." In 2002 she performed a concert in Washington, D.C. with cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Does this sound like a person who is an ignorant parrot who will do everything that "monkey" Bush will tell her to do, or who should be portrayed as a barefooted ignoramus? What this proves is that the left is severely threatened by very sharp conservatives. Let them also be black and female and all shreds of common decency and respect whatever get thrown out the window. Dr. Rice is far too dignified and classy to even take notice publicly of such trash and bilge (though it must hurt her privately: being a human being with feelings, as we all are). But those of us who admire her and her many accomplishments are under no such compulsion.
Many thanks to Rush Limbaugh, who commented on this outrageous stuff today and provided links on his website.