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. chrissy

    lol @ antonio well it is kinda fitting he was a pr#ckly kinda guy but i dont know why they would want a memorial of him!

    October 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Well, it's Friday. I wonder what I can do for fun. My wife thinks I'm going to rake leaves tomorrow. She can hang onto that illusion for a while, if it makes her happy.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Yeah, he was a tryrant, and someone will make him a martyr, although to what, I don't know. He was a victim of his own greed and hate.

    BtBC:
    Delusions keep us women going.
    Don't mess it up.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Yeah, he was a tyrant, and someone will make him a martyr, although to what, I don't know. He was a victim of his own greed and hate.

    BtBC:
    Delusions keep us women going.
    Don't mess it up.

    October 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Stupid dummy blackberry! Bad Zut! Bad, bad Zut!

    October 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Poor Moammar had such a thing for Condoleeza it's almost sad. Could she be the reason he was willing to give up all his WMD and renounce terrorism ? Maybe he thought if did all this, she would feel she could trust him and run to his aching, outstretched arms and fulfill his passion. Phhhhhft. Riiiiiight

    October 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    "Slightly eerie...." slightly? the man had a personal photo album of his African Princess!

    October 21, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Hey, who doesn't?

      October 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    Oh, man... What if she knew all along when 'the resistance' was gonna 'get him', and timed the release of her book to coincide with his death..

    And.. Go

    October 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Miso I saw the movie an hour ago.no need to be a little biach biach. watch the movie .he even called his self J ack Gordon when Clairese caught him watch the godam movie.

    October 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Does anyone know the price tag of an african flower? I'd love to adorn the landscape of the global cemetaries with a them.That will be as pretty as it gets.

    October 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Maybe i will add a cactus or two. Hell! You never know just how out of proportion things can rapidly become.You know what they say ,"once you go [BLANK]you never go back"

    October 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Come on now,what exactly are you thinking.You may be right.However my favorit flower is the black orchid.And my not so favorit spider is...well you get it.

    October 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Miso

    Philip, read the book, you inbred triangular-headed dirt ball. Movies suuuuuuuuuuck for that kind of stuff.
    Glad you escaped from JAME Gumm.

    October 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name*adam

    Boy she is hot

    October 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    @bobcat2u:

    Yeah, she could have bore him a few more sons.
    Or at least another daughter.

    October 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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