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 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. Moniker Lewinsky

    Yeah, I know. I always thought G dubya was attracted to John Bolton. It was a real shocker when I learned that a black woman had filed raype charges on him.

    August 26, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. momo

    how bizarre... doo doo doo doo doo doo.. HOw bizaareee.. How Bizaareee

    August 26, 2011 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Moniker Lewinsky

    People are more interested in the lust of Gadhafi than they are the lust of Bush. Very peculiar.

    August 26, 2011 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Lmao.. That was funny.. I have no lust just waiting to hear the next surprise.. lol.. This is getting fun.. It almost turning into a mystery/ scandal type thing.. lol

      August 26, 2011 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Peculiar is as peculiar does

      I believe you meant to say Clinton instead of Bush Moniker. Take your medications and perhaps you won't make such glaring mistakes in the future. You're embarrassing yourself, you know.

      August 26, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • American Bad Ass

      Bush's lust for money is hardly anything new.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      No lust here.. Just interesting people.. lol

      August 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sam

    Like I said the plot just keeps getting thicker and thicker.. This is gonna be a GREAT BOOK.. lol

    August 26, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Moniker Lewinsky

    Monica Lewinsky never claimed that Bill Clinton rayped her, yet you all know the details of their fling. Margie Shoedinger filed raype charges on GW Bush, and you haven't a clue! And yer mostly democrats! geeze

    August 26, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aperson

    MOAMMAR AND CONDI SITTING IN A TREE... you can think of the rest...

    August 26, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. sam

    In those days who didnt do who? lol @Aperson.. funny i cant spell what im thinking..

    August 26, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. heehawgoat


    August 26, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • disjustin

      I like you fake attempted at rapping!!

      August 26, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Gahdafi is a sick individual Its only me that has the hots for condi

    August 26, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. ExRays


    August 26, 2011 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    Heehawgoat sounds to me your takeing meds that make you dillusional Your anaconda really is more like a angleworm hehehehe

    August 26, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    Condi is such a hot oreooo

    August 26, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    I wonder how big his harem is

    August 26, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ibanezrg82

    I guess she has a nice body, but some major butter face going on. And I like the older gals! For the love of Jeebus Mooomar, you need to get out more!

    August 26, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. tim

    I thought bush was her Condi man?

    August 26, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
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