Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice


11/14/1954, Birmingham, AL

Birth Name

Condoleezza Rice



Also Known As

Dr.Condoleezza Rice
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Condoleezza Rice (born November 14 1954) is the 66th U.S Secretary of State and a member of the United States Republican Party.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • She is 5' 8" (1.73 m) tall.

    • At age 3, she began playing the piano.

    • Although Condoleezza is from Alabama, she grew up a fan of the Cleveland Browns.

    • Condoleeza is a Presbyterian.

    • She has a Ph.D in political science from the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver.

    • In 1975 she obtained a Masters degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

    • She has been in Time magazine's list of the worlds 100 most influential people three times. They were; 2004,2005 and 2006. The only woman to be in the list more times than her is talk show host Oprah Winfrey who holds the record alongside Bill Gates, entrepeuner, for appearing in the list four times.

    • From 1898 to 1993 during the presidency of George H. W. Bush, she was the Soviet and East European Affairs Advisor.

    • She studied at a course on international politics at the University of Denver which was taught by Joseph Korbel, the father of to-be United States Secertary of State Madeleine Albright.

    • She was a founding board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto, California and East Menlo Park, California, and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America of the San Francisco Bay Area.

    • Condoleezza is an avid reader of the Russian authors, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

    • In August 2004 and August 2005 Forbes magazine named her as the world's most powerful woman. In 2006 she was ranked No.2 behind Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    • By the end of 2005, she had travelled 240,261 miles, visited 49 countries, and spent over 500 hours in flight.

    • In 1997, she sat on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.

    • She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville, Michigan State University in 2004, and Boston College Law School in 2006.

    • She was an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in Political Science from 1981 to 1987.

    • She speaks fluent English and Russian and has basic knowledge of German, French and Spanish.

    • She has a B.A. in political science from Denver University.

    • Her name, Condoleezza, is derived from the Italian musical expression, Con dolcezza, which, in musical terms means "with sweetness".

    • She served as National Security Advisor from 2001 to 2005 during George.W.Bush's first term as President of the U.S.A.

    • She is the second woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State the first being Madeleine Albright who served from 1997-2001 under Bill Clinton.

    • She is the second African American to serve as U.S Secretary of State the first being Colin Powell who served under George Bush.

    • She is the first African American woman to become U.S Secretary of State.

    • She was preceded by Colin Powell as the U.S Secretary of State.

  • Quotes

    • Condoleezza Rice: It is a dangerous thing to ask why someone else has been given more. It is humbling - and indeed healthy - to ask why you have been given so much.

    • Condoleezza: There are those who say, 'Well, if you didn't go into Iraq, there wouldn't be terrorists there.' They weren't some place drinking tea and playing Scrabble. These are hardened Jihadists who will fight us some place. And if they want to fight us in Iraq, where we are 140,000 strong, better there than in New York City again.

    • Condoleezza: While Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the actual attacks on America, Saddam Hussein's Iraq was a part of the Middle East that was festering and unstable, and was part of the circumstances that created the problem on September 11.

    • Condoleezza: Our work has only begun. In our time we have an historic opportunity to shape a global balance of power that favors freedom and that will therefore deepen and extend the peace. And I use the word power broadly, because even more important than military and indeed economic power is the power of ideas, the power of compassion, and the power of hope.

    • Condoleezza: We need a common enemy to unite us.

    • Condoleeza: I remember the bombing of that Sunday School at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. I did not see it happen, but I heard it happen, and I felt it happen, just a few blocks away at my father's church. It is a sound that I will never forget, that will forever reverberate in my ears. That bomb took the lives of four young girls, including my friend and playmate, Denise McNair. The crime was calculated to suck the hope out of young lives, bury their aspirations. But those fears were not propelled forward, those terrorists failed.

    • Condoleezza: I'm a huge proponent of exchanges, student exchanges, cultural exchanges, university exchanges. We talk a lot about public diplomacy, ... It's extremely important that we get our message out, but it's also the case that we should not have a monologue with other people. It has to be a conversation, and you can't do that without exchanges and openness.