December 29th, 2008
09:29 AM ET

Rice: People will soon thank Bush for what he's done

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite President Bush's low approval ratings, people will soon "start to thank this president for what he's done."

"So we can sit here and talk about the long record, but what I would say to you is that this president has faced tougher circumstances than perhaps at any time since the end of World War II, and he has delivered policies that are going to stand the test of time," Rice said in an interview that aired on CBS' "Sunday Morning."

The secretary of state brushed off reports that suggest the United States' image is suffering abroad. She praised the administration's ability to change the conversation in the Middle East.

"This isn't a popularity contest. I'm sorry, it isn't. What the administration is responsible to do is to make good choices about Americans' interests and values in the long run - not for today's headlines, but for history's judgment," she said.

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  1. Mala

    An iraqi journalist in Iraq throwing shoes, a subsequent public demonstration...a proof of changed Middle east. Bush and his administraion will go down in history as one of the greatest in most challenged time in history. A nuclear pact with India, friend of China and what not.....The financial meltdown was predicted by many reasonable pundits few years back. This is the mistake of clinton and his administration. It is sad with all the promises and policies Obama makes, he will be nothing but clinton and its a big Mistake and wrong for US and the world.

    December 29, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  2. Mike in NYC

    Rice is overrated and most forgettable.

    December 29, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  3. Annie Kate

    Rice is fooling herself. You look at foreign newspapers online and there is just no way you can walk away thinking that foreign policy-wise the US is still respected or that Bush is respected. Bush fell short on so many different levels that its breathtaking when you think about it.

    December 29, 2008 at 11:01 am |
  4. Jen

    Because Rice's opinion is just so impartial.

    December 29, 2008 at 10:02 am |