Monday, November 03, 2008

Condoleezza Running Behind Bush

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I saw something on CNN last weekend and I can’t seem to get the image out of my mind. President George W. Bush was walking briskly (carefree and maybe even whistling) across the White House lawn and U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, was following a few steps behind him. What struck me was how Condolezza was struggling to carry several bags. One was strapped over her shoulder and she was carrying the other luggage with her hands. It made me wonder, “Is she carrying George Bush’s bags?” Maybe they were her own bags, but that’s just as bad. Couldn’t he have seen that she was struggling and helped her? Wasn’t his staff looking at this scene and recognizing the absurdity of it?

Then I started thinking about how brilliant Condoleezza is and how she could easily be President of the United States. She has a Ph.D in political science, she’s a Soviet Union specialist, speaks fluent French and Russian, and she’s also an accomplished pianist. Now she has served eight years in the Bush administration as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. She's well qualified to run a country.

Somebody help me with this. Why in the world would Bush’s administration allow this image to go over the airwaves? This woman deserves more than to have to struggle along behind George Bush across the White House lawn carrying lots of baggage.

Did anybody else see this travesty?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I saw it.

This is what the Republican Party thinks about Blacks and about women. From Clarence Thomas to Condi to Palin, to portray the image and to fill in the gaps so that white men stay on top. No real change to the status quo, merely an affirmation of tired and worn images. Why wasn’t Condolezza suggested as the VP for McCain? Perhaps she was not interested. Her interest in W. (I have always felt that she must be in love with him).

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Yes, I thought the same thing. She's infatuated, taken with him...something. She seems to simply adore him. You Have to see W. the movie. The way he portrays Condolezza is humorous, yet painful to watch.

I'm so glad SOMEBODY else saw that clip. I was beginning to think that I was imaging things.

Regina said...

I wonder what Condi & Bush are really thinking this morning!

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I'd love to be in on that conversation!