Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
The Factor sat with Dr. Condoleezza Rice for an exclusive and wide-ranging interview. The Secretary of State first spoke to domestic issues:
On President Bush's dismal poll numbers: "This is a President who has had to do a lot of difficult things and make some very difficult decisions. I know he is not someone who reads his polls, and does what he thinks is right."
On black Americans who feel the slow reaction to Katrina was racially motivated: "There is a lot being said out there that is just patently not true, particularly if you know this President. I know how much he cares about equality in America, and how much he cares that minority kids get a fair shake in the educational system. This is a President who not only cares about equal opportunity for minorities, but he has done more than any president I can think of."
On racism in America and facing criticism from other blacks. "The fact of the matter is I?ve been black all my life, nobody needs to tell me how to be black. This country has made enormous strides in race relations. The United States has the most diverse cabinet in the world, the most diverse business community and journalist community."
The Factor questioned why the President doesn't do more to sing his own praises. "He doesn't directly address remarks to the African American community. You don't see Mr. Bush go out into Harlem or south central Los Angeles and say this is what we are doing for you."
Later in the program, Dr. Rice moved to the foreign policy arena that is her primary focus.
On the war in Iraq and comparisons to Vietnam. "I think the Vietnam analogy is really faulty. You certainly don't have a resistance movement that is a popular movement by any stretch of the imagination. That's why it will not take hold in Iraq and it will die."
On coverage of the war: "It is easier to put a picture on television of a suicide bomb than to show the process that is going on where people are registering to vote. The political process has been moving inexorably along. They are going to make it. I'm enough of a student of history to know that everything that is a major historical change is messy and violent and difficult."
The Factor sympathized with Dr. Rice for having to face a consistently hostile media. "This is the most anti-Bush press I've ever seen in any administration, perhaps with the exception of Nixon. You have an administration that is up against a tremendous press juggernaut that does not like you."
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