We'd long heard that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi admired former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In 2007,Â 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."
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is making the rounds today, promoting her first memoir. â€śExtraordinary, Ordinary Peopleâ€ť is the story of Riceâ€™s upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama.
She has been sharing her thoughts about civil rights and politics, and USA Today captured on video another side of the former secretary.
Television: She watches a â€ślittle bit of newsâ€ť and was a big fan of â€śVâ€ť when it ran on ABC. She also likes â€śAmerican Idol,â€ť though â€śWithout Simon Cowell, Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s going to be so much fun,â€ť she said. You wonâ€™t see her on â€śDancing with the Starsâ€ť anytime soon. â€śThatâ€™s a real possibility for humiliation,â€ť she said.
Music: The classical pianist is big on Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as Motown and R&B. Yet she has a special place for â€śhard, hard, hard rock like Led Zeppelin and Cream.â€ť â€śBlack Dogâ€ť is her favorite Led Zeppelin song.