Rice Resurrected

Obama on Tuesday also nominated Samantha Power, one of his foreign policy advisers, to succeed Rice at the UN.

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U.S. President Barack Obama listens after announcing the appointment of Susan Rice (R) as his new national security advisor, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 5, 2013.

President Barack Obama is expected to announce he’s naming United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as his new national security adviser. Second term teams are often about bringing in longtime friends, allies and appointees that Presidents want, rather than big names people expect them to have. Rice, who early in 2007 betrayed her Clinton roots to endorse Obama, is one such friend.

Rice was originally Obama’s top pick to succeed Hillary Clinton at State, a job that eventually went to John Kerry. Obama felt Rice, with whom he often dines, would know his mind without him having to tell her what to do. But Republicans objected to Rice because five days after the Benghazi attack in September she went on the Sunday shows blaming outrage over American-made video ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed for the attack, rather than terrorists. Republicans say she was politicizing the incident, trying to protect Obama’s claim that he’d rooted out al Qaeda. Democrats say she was speaking from talking points approved by the Central Intelligence Agency. Rice tried and failed to court Republican senators, all but dooming her nomination. The position of national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.

At the UN, Rice was known for her brash ways. She once presented Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Chrurkin with a cartoon of the Grinch with his face stuck on it. So, the role of national security adviser — who in addition to being the president’s top foreign policy adviser is sometimes required to fly out and deliver tough, undiplomatic messages behind the scenes — is widely seen as a better fit for Rice. Rice will replace Tom Donilon, who had said he planned to leave after Obama’s first term but stayed on to ease the transition of the new secretaries of Defense and State. Donilon, who served in the Carter and Clinton administrations, is the personification of the little-seen but nonetheless potent White House staffer, rarely giving speeches and avoiding television appearances. It is unlikely that Rice will take that route.

Obama on Tuesday also plans to nominate Samantha Power, one of his foreign policy advisers, to succeed Rice at the UN. The former Harvard professor is known as a tough advocate for military intervention to stop genocide and is responsible for one of the Administration’s least favorite, but most often used, phrases describing its foreign policy: “leading from behind.” Power is also known for her outspoken tendencies: she was forced to resign from the Obama campaign during the primaries after she called Hillary Clinton a “monster” who was “stooping to anything” to win the nomination. As UN envoy, Power will face an uncertain Senate confirmation.

Unlike Obama, Rice, 48, grew up in the bosom of Washington’s elite. Her father, Emmett J. Rice was a Cornell University economist and former governor of the Federal Reserve System. Her mother, Lois, was an education researcher and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. One of Rice’s early mentors was her mother’s close friend Madeline Albright, under whom she would serve at the State Department. Rice attended National Cathedral School, where she was valedictorian, and Stanford before earning a Rhodes Scholarship. She received her masters and PhD from Oxford. Rice got her start in foreign policy in President Bill Clinton’s Administration, serving first on the National Security Council and then as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She is married to Canadian journalist Ian Cameron and the couple has two children.

36 comments
fitty_three
fitty_three

"FOX" and "truth" are oxymoronic.

So is @ahandout when he's not holding his breath.

fitty_three
fitty_three

I'm amazed that after all the vitriol the Insane GOPers have squirted at Obama, they don't yet get that he's not interested in pleasing them.

When the light finally does dawn, heads will explode...

SnakeEater67
SnakeEater67

Welcome to Dc,


The District of Criminals..


Holder and Obama

The Department of  JUST US.

ahandout
ahandout

Susan Rice, keeping us safe from youtube videos.  I'm proud to be an American.

Sherm
Sherm

Well, at least Rice will no longer be representing us at the U.N.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Noteworthy. Jonathan Karl may be 'sticking" to his otherwise flawed story but he makes one thing absolutely clear:

If we learned anything in all the back and forth over the Benghazi talking points – the 12 revisions first reported by ABC News, the 100 pages of emails released by the White House, etc. – we learned this: Susan Rice got a bad rap.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/white-house-benghazi-emails-show-susan-rice-got-a-bad-rap/

To bad JNS can't bring herself to the same conclusion.

destor23
destor23

I wonder what this, and a new job for Samantha Power means for the next 3 years.  I think both are smart but both are also way more willing to use our military than I would prefer.  To their credit, Libya worked out way more as they said it would than as I thought it would.  But I really have almost no appetite for further military action in the world.  If it's not attacking our coast, I don't want to fight it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Good move.  Stick it up the GOP's nose.

How I wish that the rest of our Dems had as much spine.

MrObvious
MrObvious

That should make 'wingers heads explode all over the place.

bigdogbigpile
bigdogbigpile

Her background supports that she is a very skilled liar, which, of course, is what Obama's entire existance is founded upon.  Everything is plausible deniability and golf.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Pretty much what everyone predicted when she lost the State job

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

JNS has been doing some excellent reporting lately which makes it particularly disappointing that she's falling directly into the "He Said/She Said" dreck in this particular post.

The fact That Jonathon Karl's 'scoop' blew up in his face, directly speaks to Rice's role in Benghazi. Giving credence to 'what Republicans say" leads directly to false reporting. You would think she could learn from other's mistakes.


Elihude
Elihude

This will end up being a disaster!

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Thanks, Jay, as always. I wonder if Rice can be a larger thorn in the side of the R's (or a worse PITA to them) as the NSA instead of SoS, either by influencing Obama's decisions or through direct action since she doesn't need the R's confirmation? It could be like when the R's worked hard to prevent Liz Warren to be the CPFB chief ...and now she's their equal in the Senate and there's not a damn thing they can do about it now except whine (which the R's ARE really good at, besides filibustering, but I digress).


tommyudo
tommyudo

@MrObvious 

I think that's the point, either that or a pointed finger in the eye of Grand Pa McCain. She has to be better than the last female called Rice who assumed that role. Condi Rice, along with her masters, is a war criminal. 

jmac
jmac

@bigdogbigpile She said what the CIA told her to say.  It was a CIA outpost in Africa.    You can't make a case by changing the wording of emails - and that didn't come from the White House - that came from those who want a scandal and will do anything to get one.  Keep it up.  Those seats you want in the House and Senate - maybe Americans aren't as stupid as the Republican leadership thinks they are.  

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Elihude  

And the sky will fall, again, again, again.

We've heard all of this before.

fitty_three
fitty_three

...and after him, it will be a woman.

I don't think you'll make it in this world, @ahandout 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout

Get over it, ahandout.  He's a black man who will be in office until 2016.

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @ahandout   Well you can be proud of having the liar in chief appoint another proven liar to be his national security adviser.  Makes perfect sense.  Hopefully he can tell when she lies to him, and she can decipher when he is lying to her.  And, they both can get together for beer and a tall tale. 

What a bunch of F ing BS.

JNSmall
JNSmall moderator

@ahandout @fitty_three To be fair, Hawaii is not all paradise. It has some serious drug, poverty and crime problems. Obama's mother lived on food stamps and he shared a tiny apartment with his grandparents later on. I visited both Obama's homes in Jakarta. Both were incredibly modest by LOCAL standards. Mud streets, no cars. At the time, no electricity. Obama was by no means rich or entitled. He earned his scholarships. Isn't that something every American should aspire to?

JNS

ahandout
ahandout

@fitty_three @ahandout Yes, Barry Obama grew up in the ghetto in Hawaii.  A little punk that had his own choom gang, smokin' on the native reefer all the day long.  Got himself a free ride through college and was even accepted to Harvard law school. 

Poor black Barry Obama; the white man's been keeping him down all his life.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@ahandout 

Well, why don't you cry me a river.  Too bad you can't adjust to a multiracial society.