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Condoleezza Rice Defends President Bush's Intelligence on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:45AM
Condoleezza Rice, 'Late Show with David Letterman'As David Letterman readily admitted to Condoleezza Rice on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he certainly made his fair share of jokes about former President George W. Bush, particularly targeting his seeming lack of intellect. And so he decided that with Bush's former Secretary of State on, he was going to get to the bottom of this once and for all.

We're not sure if he expected Rice to throw her former boss under the bus or what, but she defended his intelligence and due diligence at performing the duties of his job. "I saw more cabinet secretaries go in there with their presentation and have the president ask the one question that they hadn't thought of," she cited as an example of his inquisitive and insightful mind.

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Condoleezza Rice Talks About Gadhafi's Obsession With Her on 'Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 2nd 2011 3:00AM
Condoleezza Rice, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'One of the more bizarre details to come to light after the death of Moammar Gadhafi was that he had a particular fascination with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. On 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), she admitted that she knew about his stalker-like fixation when she was in office, and how it colored diplomatic meetings with him.

For the most part, she just tried to keep it professional, focusing on the task at hand. But on one visit, he told her he had a video he wanted her to see. This understandably had her quite concerned, but it turned out to be a much more innocent gesture.

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'30 Rock' Season 5, Episode 22 Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 29th 2011 12:00PM
'30 Rock' - 'Everything Sunny All the Time Always'['30 Rock' - 'Everything Sunny All the Time Always']

Now that's what I'm talking about, '30 Rock.' Tracy being petty and self-absorbed, Liz obsessing over something that's ultimately irrelevant and Jack involved in worldly politics. It was all crazy and in the best possible way. In other words, it was '30 Rock' back to its normal self after the Tracy Jordan hiatus.

As usual, Liz took something fairly innocuous and turned it into a metaphor for everything that's not perfect in her life. For nearly a month she obsessed over a plastic bag stuck in a tree outside her plastic window. An obsession that got so twisted in her head, the bag started talking to her and it wasn't nearly as nice as its smiley face would seem to promise.

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Condoleezza Rice Makes a Cameo on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 29th 2011 7:35AM

Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, has lived an interesting life. On Thursday night's '30 Rock' (Thu., 10PM on NBC) we learned a little bit about one of his old flames, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Apparently, she still carries a bit of a torch, and also a grudge. So when Donaghy needed her help to get his wife out of North Korea, things were, shall we say, tense.

When Avery (played by Elizabeth Banks) is captured by Kim Jong Il (played in an almost unrecognizable cameo by Margaret Cho), Donaghy needs Rice's help. But Rice starts in on him as soon as she sees him. "You know, I've been to the DMZ, they have signs. Can your wife not read?" Was it that Avery is younger? Or funnier?

Rice does get some measure of relief, challenging Donaghy to a musical duel to see who's better - Rice on piano and Donaghy on flute. Rice won that one.

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Condoleezza Rice to Guest Star on '30 Rock'

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 15th 2011 2:20PM
Condoleezza RiceThis could be awkward ... awkwardly hilarious. Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state under the Bush administration and ex-lover of the fictional Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), will guest star on an upcoming episode of NBC's '30 Rock.'

'30 Rock' creator and star Tina Fey dropped the casting news at a book signing, according to the Washington Post.

The fictional relationship between Rice and Jack Donaghy began in the season 1 episode titled 'The Break Up.'

During the episode, Jack keeps his relationship a secret from the other characters, but becomes upset when he sees Rice with Vladimir Putin. They eventually break up.

Fey and the '30 Rock' team previously approached Bill Clinton about appearing in the landmark 100th episode, but the request was turned down by his camp.

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Condoleezza Rice Never Got a Cold During Her Eight Years in the Bush Administration (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Jan 20th 2011 3:15PM
Condoleezza Rice was feeling a bit under the weather for her appearance on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN.) What makes this unusual is that, according to Rice, she never once got a cold during her eight years serving in the Bush Administration.

"How do you stop getting a cold?" Morgan asked Rice.

"You exercise, you take care of yourself, and there are some advantages to living alone," Rice explained.

"What are they?" Morgan wondered.

"You don't get colds," Rice responded, with a laugh.

Hmm, so what should be taken away from the fact that the long-time bachelorette is getting colds now?

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Condoleezza Rice Discusses Sexism, Racism, and Religion (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 26th 2010 6:43AM
Condoleezza Rice Discusses Sexism, Racism, and ReligionCondoleezza Rice is a pioneer. She was the first female African-American Secretary of State -- and only the second woman to ever hold that office. Her time as Secretary was controversial; she served under President George W. Bush, and was a strong advocate of the invasion of Iraq. But Condoleezza has had to deal with a lot more controversy than that.

On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ms. Rice discussed a life in politics, and life as a woman and an African-American. "Condi" is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, and the descendant of slaves who lived in Alabama. Host Craig Ferguson -- a fellow Presbyterian -- quizzed his guest about sexism, racism, and religious matters.

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Condoleezza Rice Addresses Nation's 'Extreme Voices' Against Islam (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 14th 2010 4:55AM
Condoleezza Rice Talks Islam on 'Daily Show'When Condoleezza Rice visited 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM), Jon Stewart brought up the "vitriolic" shift among America's "extreme voices" since the September 11 attacks, mentioning that President Bush "came out very strongly that we were not at war with Islam." What did Rice make of the current, "more vitriolic approach to Islam or Muslims?"

"There's a lot of a turning up the volume of a few extreme voices on this issue," answered Rice. "I don't believe that most Americans are in any sense Islamophobic ... When you give a voice to very extreme people, it gives a sense that the United States is the country that it is not."

"Like if they had their own channel," joked Stewart.
"Or maybe their own rallies," countered Rice.

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Condoleezza Rice Recalls Growing Up During Segregation on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 12th 2010 3:15PM
Condoleezza Rice's memoir, 'Extraordinary, Ordinary People' tells the story of her upbringing during the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama. On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Rice said she wrote the memoir as a way to explain how her parents and a childhood in the racially segregated south shaped her into the person she is today.

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Six other politicians who have had their ways paved by TV actors

by Jay Black, posted Jul 2nd 2008 11:38AM
Hey, you want to get together tomorrow afternoon and pose dramatically?Dennis Haysbert recently claimed that his role as President Palmer on 24 may have helped pave the way for a viable African American presidential candidate. He went on to claim that his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the movie Goodbye Bafana ended apartheid and that his role as Jonas Blane in The Unit cured polio. Haysbert was then wrestled to the ground by his handlers and is now "recuperating" at the Clay Aiken Home for Delusional Celebrities.

My first thought upon hearing this news was that Dennis Haysbert is obviously insane. Since I've been criticized in this space for not having an open mind about insane things, I decided to take Mr. Haysbert at his word. I then went even further and went to work putting together a list of other politicians who exist mainly due to the hard work done for them by TV actors. After researching Wikipedia for almost a full fifteen minutes, this is the list I've managed to put together...

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Congress weighs in on Dog the Bounty Hunter case

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 14th 2006 7:07PM

dog the bounty hunterWhile Duane "Dog" Chapman awaits trial to decide if he'll be tried in Mexico after his recent arrest for illegal detention of convicted rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, twenty-nine members of Congress have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deny the Mexican government's extradition request to have Chapman sent there for trial. Chapman, along with his son Leland and partner Tim Chapman, were arrested by Mexican authorities for illegal detention after capturing Luster in 2003. The three posted bail but never returned for their court date. Bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico, and Chapman refused to relinquish Luster to the Mexican authorities. Plans to have Chapman extradited to Mexico were put in motion only a few days before the statute of limitations was set to expire.

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The Daily Show: July 26, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 27th 2006 1:08PM
The Daily ShowOkay, so Condoleezza Rice went to Rome for a meeting about the Lebanon situation. It didn't go so well. Jon showed a Condimeter graphic to illustrate just how bad it was (TDS has been really graphic-happy lately). Of course, the meeting wasn't as great as "Three days alone at Camp David with the President" or "Christmas morning"... It ended up somewhere between "Kofi Annan cops a feel" and "Bin Laden determined to attack WHERE?!". I have a feeling I may have switched up a few of those details, so apologies ahead of time. I swear TDS knows I'm scrambling to type this all down. They probably have a hidden camera on my monitor, broadcasting live right into Jon's office so that they can giggle at my panic.

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