Condoleezza Rice in new book: Gadhafi depicted me as 'African Flower'
Then-Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice met Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2008 in Tripoli.
October 21st, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Condoleezza Rice in new book: Gadhafi depicted me as 'African Flower'

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says in her new book that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed Thursday, once played her a video montage of herself set to a tune called “African Flower in the White House,” the Daily Beast reports.

“It was weird, but at least it wasn’t raunchy,” Rice says in an exclusive excerpt from her book obtained by the Daily Beast.

Rice' s trip to Libya attracted considerable attention from the media (In a CNN interview afterward, she called it an "extraordinary moment.").  Not only was it the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state to the North African nation in more than half a century, but Gadhafi also was known to have a serious crush on Rice.

Earlier this year, rebels ransacking his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli found an album of photos of the former Bush administration official.

The New York Times described the album: "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. … She looks more businesslike in a gray pinstripe suit with white pearls, her flip-do having given way to a page-boy bob."

In her book, "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington," Rice said the meeting was the culmination of years of negotiations, including a condition that the North African nation renounce its weapons of mass destruction program.

Rice said she had leverage in Tripoli because of the traditional reasons, but also because Gadhafi “had a slightly eerie fascination with me personally, asking visitors why his ‘African princess’ wouldn’t visit him,” the Daily Beast reports.

Against the wishes of her security detail and an aide who had overseen the arrangements of the trip, she accepted an invitation to join the Libyan strongman in his private kitchen for dinner.

“I thought I could take care of myself and went in. At the end of dinner, Gadhafi told me that he’d made a videotape for me. 'Uh oh,' I thought, 'what is this going to be?' It was a quite innocent collection of photos of me with world leaders - President Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, and so on,” she said, according to the Daily Beast.

Rice’s book goes on sale November 1.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Jamie Gumm

    Are any of you about a size14?

    October 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jamie Gumm

    Philip,put the lotion in the basket if you know whats good for you .Dont make me tell you again Philip.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jamie Gumm

    would you do me? Id do me.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jamie Gumm

    Heres some chicken bones for you Philip , and please put on a clean dress for christ sake.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Miso

    Silence of the Lambs.
    And it's Jame.

    October 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jamie Gumm

    He went by 3akas jamie jame james smarty pants watch the movie its one of my favorites. now put the fukin lotion in the basket!Im busy with Philip ok?

    October 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jamie Gumm

    He went by 3akas jamie jame james smarty pants watch the movie its one of my favorites. now put the fukin lotion in the basket!Im busy with Philip ok?He also went by Jack Gordon!

    October 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ayodele Diamond Ogundipe

    I will love to have a copy of the book when it's out. I'm a graduate of History and International Relations wishing to pursue my master degree. The book will help

    October 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    Hummm I depicted her as Lier for Bush.

    October 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Miso

    Read the book, you illiterate dork. It's Jame.

    October 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Maybe if Condi had taken one for the team, none of this recent stuff would have happened.

    I'll save you the trouble, banasy. EEEWWWWWWWW !!!

    October 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©


    Isn't that two for you today, Bimbo?

    October 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    "Good Grief ! the african flower is simply phenomenal".

    October 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol aint argueing with Pimp Dummies fuuuun? They are soooo delusional!

    October 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Rumors have it that in libia they are commemorating the tallest desert cactus plant as a permanent memorial for anwar ghadaffy.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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