Condoleezza Rice

analytical Essay
3363 words
3363 words

Condoleezza Rice

At this point in time the name and image of Condoleezza Rice is commonplace among the majority of informed Americans. As the first female to serve as the National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, Dr. Rice was propelled even further into the spotlight following the attacks on America on September 11th 2001. I too, like most Americans, saw a lot more of Condi, as she is known by her many friends and colleagues, after September 11. Clearly she was intelligent and always remained calm and poised in the face of adversity and standing before the cameras. I also noticed and appreciated her articulation and was even moved by what seemed like her stoic yet compassionate presentation. It was not until I read Dr. Rice’s biography, Condi, by Antonia Felix, however that she gained my utmost respect. By the 21st century a black successful black female is not as uncommon as it was fifty years ago. Black women had fought their way to the top in many arenas, including political such as the U.S. Senate. What is truly amazing about Condi’s story is speed and finesse with which she ascended to the top of everything she took on. An endearing friendship and mutual loyalty with both of the George Bushes surely did not hurt her. Condi’s success was hardly limited to the world of politics. She approached music, fitness, academics, sports, religion, and family with the same decisiveness, consistency, and determination that she brought to the public sector. Condi is also no stranger to controversy. Now more than ever she faces a host of critics, especially regarding her supposed knowledge of possible terrorist threats before they came to pass on September 11. Her Republican politics made her less than popular among African Americans although she maintains a more liberal perspective on social issues and remains pro-choice. In spite of her ups and downs it is ultimately her unfaltering character to which she can attribute her success as well as her status as what many call the most powerful woman in politics.

The high academic pursuits of the Rice family did not exactly begin with Condoleezza and her generation. The foundation of this idea can be seen in chapter 2 of her autobiography in which the author begins the chronological record with a look at Julia Head Rice. Julia was born into slavery, albeit house slavery which was h...

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...onsibilities were never ending and she approached them with the same grace and drive as she does everything in her life. Although the book end its documentation in 2002, shortly after 9/11, Condi’s duties have become no less urgent. Since that time she has had to defend her Administration against suggestions that the attacks could have been prevented and has done so quite well. The 2004 elections have just been completed and George W. Bush is returning to the White House for another term. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has submitted his resignation and Condoleezza Rice has been nominated as a predictable replacement. If she survives the Senate approval hearings she will become the first black female and second female to fill the role. While I have full faith in her abilities I am concerned with the fact that without Powell in the National Security Council there will be no dissenting opinions. The proposed administration is politically homogenous. Surely Dr. Rice would understand this concern as she herself is quoted in the opening lines of chapter 8 of her biography as saying “If you find yourself in the company of people who agree with you, you’re in the wrong company.”

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how condoleezza rice was the first female to serve as the national security advisor to the president of the united states following the attacks on america on september 11.
  • Analyzes how condi's maternal and paternal lineages found education to be the ultimate redemption in segregated alabama in which the jim crowe laws sought to make all black citizens less than equal
  • Analyzes how john w. rice and his wife, angelena, engulfed themselves in academia. their sister, condi's aunt, received a phd in english literature, and wrote on charles dickens in 1989.
  • Analyzes how the rice family ignored the larger culture around them and refused to believe they were second-class citizens. angelena rice sought to cultivate her daughter's involvement in the arts and humanities early on with lessons in piano, ballet, french, and her church youth group.
  • Analyzes how condoleezza rice's mother rebelled against the jim crowe statutes and the cuban missile crises, which transcended even john rice’s ability to provide security.
  • Narrates how john and angelena rice pursued their own academic careers, including teaching courses at the university of denver. condi graduated from st. mary's academy in 1971 as a piano performance major.
  • Analyzes how the mystique of soviet studies was typical of the challenge condi was looking for and she developed an unprecedented passion for russia.
  • Narrates how condi's studies of soviet culture, politics, and economics came at a time when the cold war was winding down.
  • Explains that condoleezza rice ended her stint in denver upon the completion of her phd and relocated to california where she pursued post-doctorate studies at stanford university and became an academic advisor and full professor.
  • Narrates how condi accepted the position of director of soviet and east european affairs at the national security council and was promoted to special assistant to president george h.w. bush for national security affairs.
  • Describes how condi resumed her duties as normal and typical to her character. she was invited to join the boards of several international corporations including chevron, trans-america, and hewlett-packard
  • Explains how condi joined the bushes on the campaign trail, leading an initiative called "w is for women", in which she and laura and barbara bush solicited votes from the female population.
  • Opines that dr. rice's responsibilities were never ending and she approached them with the same grace and drive as she does everything in her life.
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