August 25th, 2011
11:22 PM ET

Smitten Gadhafi? Rebels find Condoleezza Rice photo book

We'd long heard that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi admired former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In 2007, he called her "Leeza ... my darling black African woman" whom he loved "very much."

Just words? Perhaps. Or maybe, as a discovery this week suggests, he really was quite impressed.

Rebels ransacking his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli found a photo album of Rice, The New York Times reports.

A description of the album, from the Times:

"There she is, in one (picture), smiling off to the side, her flip-do accented perfectly for the camera. And there she is in another, smiling next to you-know-who during that visit to Tripoli. He is wearing a flowing white robe with purple sash and Africa pin; she looks more businesslike in a gray pinstripe suit with white pearls, her flip-do having given way to a page-boy bob."

Rice was with the Bush administration when the United States restored relations with Libya in 2005, after Gadhafi decided to abandon his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, renounce terrorism and compensate victims of a 1986 disco bombing in Berlin and the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In a 2007 interview with Al Jazeera, Gadhafi said this about Rice:

"I support my darling, black African woman. ... I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. ... I love her very much. I admire her, and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin."

Gadhafi met with Rice the next year, when Rice made the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state to Libya in more than 50 years. CNN's Elise Labott reported on their meeting in a reception room at Gadhafi’s Tripoli compound:

"Gadhafi, wearing a white robe and a black fez but not his trademark dark sunglasses, shook the hands of the male members of Rice's staff but not Rice, instead offering the traditional greeting of his hand over his heart for her," Labott reported in her CNN.com piece, noting that Muslim men are prohibited from shaking hands with women to whom they are not related.

Rice's office, when reached by CNN on Thursday for reaction to the photo album, said she'd reserve comment until the release of her book on November 1.

Fouad Ajami, a Middle East expert, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an outspoken critic of Gadhafi, provided some context regarding why Gadhafi would stress Rice's African roots and comment on her dealings with Arab leaders.

"He ... fancied himself at one point as something of an African," Ajami told CNN's Joe Johns on Thursday. "He basically said at one point that Libya is an African country, (that) it has nothing to do with the Arabs. And he dubbed himself king of the kings of Africa, and he turned his back on the Arabs."

Ajami said he wouldn't think Rice is thrilled.

"Secretary Rice is an esteemed colleague ... at Hoover and something of a friend, so I don't think she's flattered by this," Ajami told Johns on "The Situation Room."

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  1. tim

    Condosleeza played the piano, while Gaddafi wanted her organ.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jay Stringer

    who is this smuck! How do you compare Gadhafi to North Korea's Leader! The two are nothing alike....AT ALL! North Koreans don't get monthly stippens, and free housing and cars....Libyan's will soon regret this.....but i know that some type of European/American backing supported those rebels....Rebels just don't pop up with atillery.....Whats up with NATO helping the rebels with airstrikes........AAHHHH the dirty game of capitolism!

    August 26, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. MannyMota

    Being a ruthless megalomania for 43 years and killing and torturing your own people is one thing. But thinking that Condoleeza Rice is HOT? THAT"S NUTS!!

    August 26, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      She is pretty hot, sorry! She is intelligent beyond measure and that within itself makes her a top beauty. Just ask Bush he was in Love with her for years and probably still is!

      August 26, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • richp

      I will second that, she is hot and not to mention did you ever take notice of his, Gadhafi's, security team, holy smokes, my only negative comment in that direction is he wears the dresses and they wear the pants but those are some world class hot chicks that protect his but.

      August 26, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • bb

      More like Gadhafi getting cross-dressing tips..

      August 26, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (PARACHUTE QUALITY CONTROL TESTER)

    he liked her hair-dew

    August 26, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Maybe Condoleezza Rice should lure him into a trap... It would be like a James Bond Film. First she'll seduce him at a private location,telling him that she secretly admires him. Then Obamba can bust in, guns blazing with a lit cigar in his mouth, saving the day once again.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • SweetestLamb

      This is a great plan. As he's being taken away, he shouts,"Leeeeeezaaaaaaa".

      August 26, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • matrix8927

      Hell yes I love it. Great movie scene you get er dun Obama

      August 26, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Shan

      And as he reached in vain toward her with a heartbroken expression, she shakes her head solemnly while never breaking her gaze. She says, in a whisper: "Country first. Before God, before man, before love. You didn't remember, but I have never forgotten."

      August 26, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Who the hell is "Obamba"?

      August 26, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. James Vond

    I"m just glad there weren't any nudes

    August 26, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Voiceinthewind

    This guy was definetly blind or nuts or both. Rice is one ugly person who could eat squash through a picket fence. She is also very evil and belongs in Prison along with The Shrub and Cheeneey and the rest of the crew.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      LMAO!!

      August 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rudedog

    Condi and Moammar are so much alike, they will LIE to get a war started.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. hafidh

    Yes, He has taste, she is atttractive. No matter what west say of Gadaffi, but he has heart, you can not deny that.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. nicole

    You sound like a person who lacks beauty!!!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lee

    This confirms, to me, that Qaddaffy was completely howling crazy (and had no taste in women, either). As far as Condiloser Rice – he can have her !!!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ferdi

    She should weat eyeglasses.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ferdi

    He should wear eyeglasses.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. detada

    Leeza, we're gonna have to have a talk about the kinds of men you've been attracting...

    August 26, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. wildcat

    Come on...everyone knows Condie plays the other side of the street. She wouldn't know what to do with a c**k...

    August 26, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
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