Thursday, December 11, 2008


When it comes to the global image of the US, we all can agree that we've looked and acted better. So, with much research and a determination to engage the citizens of the world in a better light, President-elect Obama has picked Susan Rice as our UN Representative.

Here is a report I found on TIMEonline. I thought it would be worth bringing this article to everyone's attention. I think it's an astounding resume'
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On paper, President-elect Barack Obama's choice for United Nations ambassador has much in common with another boundary-breaking, African-American, Stanford-affiliated, female foreign policy expert with the same surname. But the similarities with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice end there. Susan Rice brings to the U.N. job a career devotion to African affairs and eight years of experience in the Clinton administration.

• Age 44, Rice is married to Canadian journalist Ian Cameron, executive producer of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. They met in college when she was a freshman and he was a senior and are the parents of two children.

• She's a Washington, D.C. native and the first African-American woman named as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

• Her father, Emmett Rice, was a governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her mother, Lois Dickson Fitt, is an academic scholar whose parents were born in Jamaica. Raised in a household that stressed education and public affairs knowledge, when Nixon resigned from office, a 9-year-old Rice was the one who told her parents the news.

• She attended the prestigious National Cathedral School, an all-girls academy. She was a star point guard on the basketball team and was known as "Spo," short for "Sportin'." She also lettered in two other varsity sports, and was president of the student council and valedictorian of her class.

• She earned her bachelor's degree from Stanford University went on to earn a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, where got her master's degree and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the transformation of white-ruled Rhodesia into black-ruled Zimbabwe. While a college student, she launched a divestment effort to protest South African apartheid. After earning her Ph.D. at age 25, she briefly worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.

• In her mid-20s, she worked as a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during his 1988 presidential run. She later worked for John Kerry's 2004 campaign and was a senior foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign.

• Rice was Clinton's top Africa diplomat when al Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, which led to her first middle-of-the-night official phone call — from Kenya's ambassador alerting her to the attacks. Working for Clinton's National Security Council, she also dealt with issues related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, including the president's widely criticized decision not to intervene. In 1995, she was appointed the NSA's lead Africa expert; she became pregnant with her first child while in the post and didn't take leave until one day before her son was born. She later served as assistant secretary of state for African Affairs in her early 30s. After leaving the state department, she worked as a senior fellow for the Brookings Institution.

• According to an article in the Stanford alumni magazine, while an assisant secretary of state, Rice once listened as Nigerian opposition leaders praised a recent tough speech she had given, completely unaware that the 5-foot-3, 33-year-old Rice was the one who had delivered it. Rice waited until the discussion had ended, smiled and introduced herself, shocking the men.

• Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is a longtime family friend and mentor.


Diederick said...

Certainly this will do some good to the image of the USA. Though I don't recall reading this in a Dutch newspaper - yet.

Anonymous said...

It is a nice resume, but not particularly astounding. Great education and born into an educated family. However, her list of professional accomplishments are mostly political jobs and appointments. Listing her receiving a middle of the night phone call about terrorist bombings is almost silly. I would be much more interested in her role in determining the responce to the bombings, which was remarkably tepid.

Anonymous said...

Alderman M: As per 12:40 PM good resume- but the jury remains out, until she takes her seat at the UN.
With the disasterous reults of our previous Ambassadors, we have to hope that she does an excellent job. Our nation's face has been scarred badly during the past 8 years. Plastic surgery needed to restore much of the damage. At this juncture of our recent economic chaos- the bail outs to the financial industry and the automotive industry are almost an accomplished feat. So with lots of luck and prayers, it is time to move on and face the challenges of the 21st Century.

Also time for Kingston's Common Council to come forward and aid the financially challenged Public Access Station.

I do not believe that we are seeking money from the city, just some help in relocation. A recent 5013C is in place, but we need to get back on the air, there is too much going on that the community is unable to participate - local charity events. As per usual KAPA is vital and necessary to our areas.
take care, and Best to you for the Holidays- enjoy a Happy Healthy one to thee and thy blog readers.
Shelly Z