Condi Now: The Cost of Loyalty

Hard-headed realist drank the Kool Aid
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2007 4:40 PM CDT
National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, center, reads over his notes as President Bush, right, talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, during the start of the NATO summit at Olympic Sports...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The bond between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President Bush is her chief asset—and a critical weakness—according to an analysis in the Washington Post. Both have been changed by the relationship; he from a foreign policy novice to veteran, and she, perhaps more profoundly, from a hard-headed realist to a convert in Bush's faith in the power of democracy.

The analysis is adapted from a new biography, "The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy," by Glenn Kessler. Kessler says Bush describes Rice as a "sister." "We are completely in sync," Bush once told United Nation diplomats. "When she speaks, you know that she is speaking for me."