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Susan Rice

Susan Rice withdraws as candidate for secretary of state

U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice withdrew her name Thursday as President Obama’s leading candidate for secretary of state, saying the administration could not afford a “lengthy, disruptive and costly” confirmation fight over statements she made about the extremist attack in Libya that killed four Americans.

Rice called Obama on Thursday morning, before sending him a letter officially withdrawing from consideration. Rice said in an interview that she had concluded early this week that what she and Obama considered “unfair and misleading” charges against her over the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, would impede the president’s second-term agenda.

“This was my decision,” Rice said. When asked if Obama had tried to dissuade her, she said that he “understood that this was the right decision, and that I made it for the right reasons.”

Her withdrawal leaves Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) with no apparent rivals to take over from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A senior administration official said that “something strange would have to happen” for Kerry not to be the choice.

Last time I checked, we already had a Secretary of State. Now while it’s true that Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said she intends to resign her post, she has not officially announced her intention to do so or given a date when she intends to leave. But let’s forget about those minor details.

As I’m sure you recall from you high school civics classes (those of you who made it to high school anyway) the President nominates people for high-ranking posts in his administration and the Senate gets to use its “advise and consent” power to veto or approve those nominations.

There has been a lot of speculation among the talking heads and bloviating gasbags as to who might replace Hillary in a second Obama administration. But I don’t recall any official announcement that Susan Rice was the leading candidate for the job. I don’t even recall anybody in the Obama administration admitting publicly that she was even A candidate. On the other hand it’s no secret that John Kerry coveted the big office at Foggy Bottom.

So what we had yesterday was the spectacle of Susan Rice “officially” withdrawing from consideration for a job nobody was officially in the running for. Seems like pretty good theater to me.

We will never know for sure who Obama intended to nominate to replace Hillary. If he had planned to nominate Dr. Rice, we don’t know if she would have been approved or not.

But we do know that Obama plans to get maximum political mileage out of a nomination that never happened. Susan Rice could have notified Obama with a phone call or in a private meeting. She certainly didn’t need to write a letter to withdraw from a job she was never officially offered. Nor did she need to make a public announcement. Now the GOP will get blamed for something they never even got a chance to do.

Well played, Mr. President. Well played.

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56 Responses to Fried Rice

  1. myiq2xu (D) says:

    BTW – I do not mean to imply that there are no perfectly good reasons to reject Susan Rice for the SofS job. I’m just saying we’ll never know if Obama ever would have nominated her or how such a nomination would have played out.

    • swanspirit says:

      There are so many things we will never know about the Deceiver in Chief . Considering Susan’s considerable accumulation of wealth , while working for the gov’t . maybe she deserves to be called Pork Fried Rice , she isn’t going away empty handed , that is if she is going away at all

  2. jeffhas says:

    Personally… I am also inclined to give top Politico Kudos to HRCl…. I mean, she was smart enough to know not to go on those 5 shows… Well played Hillary, well played.

  3. swanspirit says:

    Speaking of which , the sun is going to rise sooner here than there where you are , and I am planning to sleep thru it, hopefully, anyway … so nite nite darlins ..

  4. You left out the fact that this was a non-story that had completely died in the face of fiscal cliff negotiations. No one was even talking about it. It had dropped completely off the radar.

    And now her comes the little princess in her next acting job, a show no doubt designed to apply the race card leverage in the fiscal cliff negotiations, or divert attention from same.

    • Are you ok? Thought I saw a “limp” comment on another thread. Are you injured?

      • DeniseVB says:

        laughing in my pants ? Heh. I’ve seen it too.

      • tommy says:

        Lol. Not an acronym at all, PMM. And nothing to do with age. I fell down a flight of stairs a week ago, and sprained my right ankle muscle. Now, I’m literally limping. Due to the cold and damp weather, its taking forever to heal. Darn it. Anyway, thanks for your concern.

        • leslie says:

          tommy ~ I thought I posted a question r/t your accident and your ankle, but I don’t see it. I really DID ask about your ankle. It will take a while to heal – At least you’re up and about. I hope the frozen peas helped.

          My kids referred to the bag of frozen peas as “Pea-sicles” and they used to love to say,
          “Get the Pea-sicles, Mom, Jeremy got hurt again.”

        • swanspirit says:

          Well . I googled that thinking it was an acronym for something , and this is what i got

          limp is a type of asymmetric abnormality of the gait. Limping may be caused by pain, weakness, neuromuscular imbalance, or a skeletal deformity. The most common underlying cause of a painful limp is physical trauma; however, in the absence of trauma, other serious causes, such as septic arthritis, or slipped capital femoral epiphysis, may be present. The diagnostic approach involves ruling out potentially serious causes via the use of X-rays, blood tests and, potentially, joint aspiration. Initial treatment involves pain management
          I have had a few sprains , and even the memories are painful . so oddly enough the solution is an acronym
          R.I.C.E. Therapy

          R.I.C.E. Therapy

          The rule of thumb after an athletic injury is R.I.C.E.
          Rest: Activity should be reduced, the injury should be splinted, and no weight should be applied to the injury.
          Ice: Ice packs reduce pain and swelling and should be applied judiciously for 20-minute periods to avoid ice burn or frost bite. Packs should be removed for intervals of 40-60 minutes before being reapplied.
          Compression: Compression should be applied lightly in the form of an elastic wrap so that it accommodates swelling. Anytime the wrap seems too tight or causes swelling below the wrap it should be loosened.
          Elevation: Holding the injured part above the level of the heart is standard treatment to reduce swelling. sending lots of healing !

    • leslie (D) says:

      BTW, tommy : How’s your ankle (said in all sincerity) ?

  5. driguana says:

    Everything with Obama is a “game”. It’s not about problem solving or working together with anybody to move things forward….it’s all some kind of game and he constantly has to somehow prove he is the smarter game player…..which is why he constantly changes the rules of the game…..but then politics is just a game.

    • fif says:

      I was thinking the same thing. His whole career is theater not substance. That’s how he rose so quickly in Chicago to DC and how he won the presidency. Now off to their $4 million vacation at taxpayer expense as he rails against the evil rich. But the blind will be blind. My father’s response: “They all do it,” and he brought up something about Eisenhower playing golf too. Do they not have any sense of proportion? Obama has played more golf than even Bush! Plus, WE are paying for them to fly to Hawaii, along with scads of bodyguards etc. in a terrible economy. They couldn’t find a place closer? It’s obscene, and the clawing hypocrisy about Romney’s wealth–which he earned btw–goes completely unacknowledged.

      • driguana says:

        Obama is really just a game show host….that’s how he was set up and that’s what he does….nothing ever substantive comes out of the man’s mouth…never appears on any serious talk shows…just ones where he can flash a smile and sing Al Green tunes…disgusting…yet, to be fair, this country has devolved into nothing more than game and “reality” shows….sad times at Ridgemont High….and it seems to get worse every day…
        The blog discussion this morning about whether NFL star Robert Griffin III is a true black person or a “cornball” black really sent me over the edge…the writer makes this point because RGIII has a white fiance and may be a Republican and asks if he is “down with the cause”….wonder what “cause that might be???/
        And what about a president who has a white mother? And, in reality, is not an African-American in the same sense that RGIII is….what “cause” is Obama down with? Thy hypocrisy is becoming deafening!
        Here’s the blog site…

  6. conner43 says:

    Rice was not well thought of in the Clinton Administration, bad at her job, and has a nasty personality. What’s not to like ?

  7. Is this mindset spreading? Or has it been there all along and is just now coming to light?
    Karma- please visit this man- preferably with a forcible lesson on how rape can happen even if one DOES resist.

  8. tommy says:

    Lol. Not an acronym at all, PMM. And nothing to do with age. I fell down a flight of stairs a week ago, and sprained my right ankle muscle. Now, I’m literally limping. Due to the cold and damp weather, its taking forever to heal. Darn it. Anyway, thanks for your concern.

    • votermom says:

      left already screaming gun control

    • votermom says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Several dead, including children 😦 Fox won’t confirm until press conference makes it official. The parents must be devastated right now.

      • votermom says:

        seeing tweets saying everything from 12 to 20. Horrible

        • swanspirit says:

          Fox is reporting 26 killed , this is sickening .

        • votermom says:

          NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 14 students, after a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead.

          CBS News’ John Miller reports there is preliminary information that the gunman was the father of one of the students. Miller additionally reports the gunman is 20 years old and is from New Jersey.

          The shooter was killed and apparently had two guns, a person with knowledge of the shooting said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. It is not known whether the shooter took his own life or was killed.

          Two students and a teacher were also injured in the shooting and they were taken to Dansbury Hospital, spokeswoman Diane Burke told CBS News York.

        • votermom says:

          If that’s correct, shooter was at the most 15 years old when his kid was born. #smh

  9. tommy says:

    Hey Leslie, sorry for the delayed response. Your frozen peas idea worked splendidly. But my docs advised me to go hot instead. The weather here is freezing cold and damp. So I got pain ointment on my ankle, and its wrapped with crepe bandage. Usually, a muscle sprain doesn’t take too long to heal. But due to the weather, its takin a freakin eternity. Myiq wants us to comment when we visit, or just say howdy. My ‘limp’ is my howdy. Lol.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Angry MichelleO is back …..

    Couldn’t get the White House Dossier link to work, Keith’s probably in the WH gulag right now 😉

  11. HELENK says:

    Isn’t it odd that when some people shoot themselves in the foot , they want to blame the other guy?

  12. tommy says:

    Just so we don’t forget. Rice was one of the earliest defections from the Clinton camp to O’s camp, 4 years ago. When O appointed her, she was supposed to keep an eye on HRC. Now she has received her just desserts. On a sidenote, she just ain’t qualified. Why can’t people get that without bringing race or gender into it? SofS is the top diplomat of the Preezy. HRC is a diplomat, and so is Kerry. Rice is a bull in a china-shop (in Maureen Dowds words).

  13. gram cracker says:

    Word can’t describe the horror they are saying that 26 are dead in school shooting in CT! Hold your loved ones close you never know when they might be snatched from you. I am screaming in horror.

  14. votermom says:

    Weird thing for me to say, and I don’t want to start an argument, but today hearing about those poor little kids getting murdered, I think I get now emotionally where hardline pro-life people are coming from.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Started a thread for the shooting. 😦

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