No One Could Have Predicted


Well, even though Condi is still patting herself on the back for Iraq and whatnot as she runs around hawking her hilariously titled book,  No Higher Honor, it turns out that she does have a teensy regret or two, and Ferragamos and Hurricane Katrina are involved, not necessarily in that order.  I remember those days well; it was when I finally decided I liked Ed Schultz for his passionate, in-person coverage of the ordeal on his radio show, and the large numbers of callers it drew from the affected area, many of them black.  “So now she’s down in Missippippi and she went to church,” one memorable older lady intoned, “She’s not getting into Heaven in thousand dollar shoes.”  Maybe Condi heard her; the LATimes quotes her thusly:

“I didn’t think much about the dire warnings of an approaching hurricane called Katrina,” she wrote in the book, “No Higher Honor,” which hit stores Tuesday.

That Condi wasn’t, well,  paid to think is now quite well known, to everyone but her, apparently.

After the storm had hit land, Rice called Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to ask if there was anything she could do.  Chertoff said the situation was “pretty bad,” and that he’d call if he needed anything.

So the first place you’d go, under such circumstances, is a place where cell phone use is specifically disallowed.  She cleverly never mentions that she was confronted by horrified theatergoers right there.
So Rice went to see the musical comedy “Spamalot.” The next morning, she went shopping at the designer shoe store Ferragamo.

Here, she also encountered impertinent rabble, undoubtedly both to her surprise and chagrin, given the venue.  She had them bounced, of course.  Fortunately for her delicate psyche,  dropping a few grand on hooker boots and such enabled her to put it all out of her mind:

When she returned to her hotel, “the airwaves were filled with devastating pictures from New Orleans,” Rice wrote. “And the faces of most of the people in distress were black. I knew right away that I should never have left Washington.”

Always on top of things, that girl….

Apparently Rice’s chief of staff and President Bush agreed.

“I’m coming home,” Rice told her chief of staff Brian Gunderson. “Yeah. You’d better do that,” he replied.

In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.

Bush had the same response after Rice called to tell him she was cutting her trip short.

“’Mr. President, I’m coming back. I don’t know how much I can do, but we clearly have a race problem,’” she recalls saying.

Ya think?  People are supposed to pay to read this tripe?

“Yeah. Why don’t you come on back?” Bush replied.

“I actually hadn’t expected that from the president,” Rice wrote. “That’s odd, I thought. He’d been so insistent that I go and get some rest. He’s really worried.”

He had every reason to be, turns out, but Condi was about the last thing he needed.

Shortly after, Rice saw that her “Spamalot” outing had become a headline on the Drudge Report.

And if you’ve lost Drudge, you’ve lost America.

“[I] sat there kicking myself for having been so tone-deaf,” she wrote. “I wasn’t just the secretary of State with responsibility for foreign affairs; I was the highest-ranking black in the administration and a key advisor to the president. What had I been thinking?”

We’ll never know, Dearie.


  1. Steve_Rockford says:

    Actually, I feel sorry for Rice. She, like her boss and all the other paid-for puppets in the Bush administration, where in way over their heads.

    She would have done well if she would have taken her current job at Stanford back then and stayed away from W, Dick and the boys. It appears that she’s well suited for the academic-administration environment.

    Now she’s trying to re-write history so that she can erase the reality of that part of her life and create a lasting legacy in academia.

    Good luck with that Condi.

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Did you hear the ol’ battle-ax on the Sunday shows, saying Obama ought to go ofter Iran? Yep. She’s a piece o’ work, I tell ya.

  3. nswfm says:

    To paraphrase MoDo, they went after the wrong Ira- ….Oooopps!

  4. mikeinportc says:

    Paraphrasing MoDo? Yikes! Don’t go there . I remember what I was doing then. Staring at the pics in the NYT, yelling at the monitor, bookmarking Americares’ site. It was gonna be bad! I saw the outbound lanes packed, and barely moving , while the opposite lanes were empty. Parking lots full of empty buses, while people walked , or gave up, and looked for better shelter. In all cases nobody official in sight, or giving any indication of doing anything. Btw,those pictures went unremarked by NYT , other than to show that the place was closing down. Of course, who could have predicted? ( Other than , oh, Just About Everybody! , every time ACoE did an assessment of the levees.)

    • cocktailhag says:

      That’s the special joy of being Condi; faced with a disaster, you start thinking about crappy Broadway shows you might have missed and new shoes, not like that rabble, drearily occupied with such minutia as not drowning.

  5. Ché Pasa says:

    My eyes!!! My eyes!!!