Rice, Condoleezza

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Name
Rice, Condoleezza Gender: F
born on 14 November 1954 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Birmingham, Alabama, 33n31, 86w48
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 21°49' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 18°46 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 03°09'



Condoleezza Rice

Biography

American government aide who became President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor on January 22, 2001. Intelligent, articulate, self-confident, and attractive, she is the first woman and second African-American to hold that position. She was chosen by Bush to brief him on international affairs during his campaign. As his respected advisor, she briefs him on the world situation each morning and is at his elbow with foreign leaders. She has a reputation for making things happen with tenacity and charm. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she became highly visible to the public, often briefing the press and appearing in the media. She has been quick to defend President Bush and the administration’s decisions and actions. When called to testify under oath before the 9/11 commission, she initially refused, citing precedent and advice from White House Counsel. However, when she appeared on several radio and TV news programs, pundits raised an outcry that her refusal to take an oath must mean that she has information to hide. Under public pressure, President Bush announced on March 30, 2004 that she would testify under oath. She was sworn in before the commission at 9:06 AM EDT on April 8, 2004 in Washington, DC.

Rice is the great-grand-daughter of slaves but carries proudly the family legacy of hard work and achievement, with no excuses for the societal ill of racial prejudice. Her grandfather managed to attend college and become a minister, setting the tone for her family’s powerful faith, self-reliance and drive to learn. The only child of teachers, she grew up in the segregated South, witnessing bigotry and violence. In fact, one of her young school chums was killed in a church bombing. Still, Rice thrived under the tutelage of her parents who gave her all the attention they could while they tended to their own continuing education. She affectionately describes her parents as "education evangelists." Together they inspired her love for learning, her strong religious faith, and a desire to contribute to society. Her father stimulated her interest in sports, particularly football. She is so passionate about the game that she has indicated she would love to be football commissioner when she retires from public service.

From her mother, she developed an early love for music and began playing piano at age three and listening to opera at age six. In fact, her name is derived from the musical term "con dolcezza," with sweetness. At age 10 she enrolled in the Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Music with an intention to become a professional pianist. She studied ballet, French, flute and violin and read serious literature as well. The family moved to Denver in mid-1969 so that her father could take a position with the University, and she was enrolled in a private Catholic school. In addition to continuing her music studies, she took up tennis and figure skating, and competed in each sport. A gifted and disciplined student, who believed she had to be twice-as-good as everyone else, she graduated from high school in 1971. In her senior year, just 15 years old, she began to take college classes at the nearby University of Denver and graduated with honors at the age of 19. Coming to the realization that a music career was not for her, she changed her major to political science in her junior year when she took a class with Josef Korbel entitled "Introduction to International Politics." Rice became hooked on Russian affairs, learning the language and becoming an expert on everything to do with the Soviet Union. Korbel, Madeleine Albright’s father, became her mentor and friend and influenced her career choice to teach at the university level. In order to fulfill that dream, Rice obtained her master’s at the University of Notre Dame in 1975 and her Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Denver.

At age 26, she began teaching at Stanford University and was promoted several times, ultimately becoming Provost. Her expertise captured the attention of Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to President George H.W. Bush. She was recruited to work for the administration in 1989 as the expert in Eastern European and Soviet affairs. The senior Bush was so impressed with her that he introduced her to Mikhail Gorbachev by saying, "This is Condoleezza Rice. She tells me everything I know about the Soviet Union." In December 2000, the younger Bush appointed her his National Security Advisor and she was sworn in to the office on January 22, 2001.

Her mother died of breast cancer in August 1985 and her father passed away on Christmas Eve, 2000. She has never married though she was reportedly once engaged to a professional football player. The author of three political science books, she has received numerous awards and honors for her achievements and has been elected to several Boards of Directors, including the University of Notre Dame and Chevron (an oil company), a seat from which she resigned in January 2001. Giving back to the community, she co-founded The Center for a New Generation in California designed to help disadvantaged youngsters in their educational and life pursuits.

On November 16, 2004.President George W. Bush nominated Rice to be his second-term Secretary of State, replacing Colin Powell. On Friday, November 19, 2004 she underwent surgery to alleviate symptoms of benign fibroid tumors. The relatively new procedure is called uterine fibroid embolization.

On January 26, 2005, Rice was confirmed as Secretary of State for George Bush’s second term. She is the first Black woman to hold that position. Rice took her oath of office twice, first in a private ceremony on the evening of the 26th with Andrew Card officiating and second on January 28 in a public ceremony.

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Events

  • Other Death 15 September 1963 at 10:24 AM in Birmingham, AL (friend killed during race riots in Birmingham)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1973 (becomes protégé of Josef Korbel)
  • Social : Joined group 1975 (registers as a Democrat)
  • Social : Left group 1979 (leaves Democratic Party and registers as a Republican)
  • Work : New Career August 1981 (appointed assistant professor of political science at Stanford)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1984 (book "Uncertain Allegiance" is published)
  • Work : Prize 1984 (awarded Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching)
  • Work : Prize 1985 (awarded a National Fellowship from the Hoover Institute)
  • Death of Mother August 1985 (mother dies age 61 of breast cancer)
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  • Work : Prize 1986 (co-writes "The Gorbachev Era")
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1986 (Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon)
  • Work : Gain social status 1987 (pomoted to associate professor at Stanford)
  • Work : Gain social status 1988 (gives sppech at American embassy in USSR)
  • Work : Begin Major Project January 1989 (White House postiions in security undder Brent Scowcroft)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1 December 1989 (accompanies President G.H.W.Bush and Scowcroft to Malta Summit)
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  • Work : Gain social status March 1991 (joins Boards of Directors for many companies)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1992 (addresses Republican National Convention)
  • Work : Great Achievement May 1993 (promoted to full professor at Stanford)
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  • Work : Great Achievement September 1993 (names Provost at Stanford University)
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  • Work : Gain social status 1994 (appointed to Board of Trustees at University of Notre Dame)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (co-writes book on "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed")
  • Work : Gain social status 2000 (again addresses Republican National Convention)
  • Death of Father 24 December 2000 (father dies at age 77, following heart attack)
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  • Work : Great Achievement January 2001 (Sworn in as National Security Advisor under George W. Bush)
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  • Work : Prize 22 February 2002 (awarded NAACP President's Award)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 24 April 2002 (accompanies Yo-Yo Ma at National Medal of Arts Ceremony)
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  • Other Work 8 April 2004 (appears before 9/11 Commission under oath)
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  • Work : Gain social status 16 November 2004 (nominated to be Secretary of State)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 19 November 2004 (uterine fibroid embolization)
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  • Work : Gain social status 26 January 2005 (Confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of State)
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Source Notes

Approximate time deduced from a biography by Antonia Felix, "Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story," Newmarket Press, NY, 2002, p. 36, "Condi was born on a Sunday morning while her father was leading the eleven o'clock service at Westminster…. On November 14, 1954, Angelena (her mother) gave birth to a girl, and she named her Condoleezza." From previous source notes: PT noted that in a lecture given in New York City on October 30, 2003, beginning at 6:45 PM EST, and after 11 minutes of introduction, Rice corrects Judge William Webster who introduced her with a comment that she was one year shy of her 50th birthday. She corrects him by saying that she had "one year, 16 days, and 15 hours" until her 50th birthday--which would make her birthday November 16, 1954 at about 10 AM. But all official sources, including government websites give November 14, 1954 for her birthday. The fact that the speech was given on Eastern Time and she was born in the Central Time zone further complicates an accurate deduction of time of birth. The original source citation was: LMR quotes Biography magazine 9/2001 for date; time unknown

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Ph.D.)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Family : Childhood : Family close
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Single at 50)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Stressful work (National Security Advisor during terrorist attacks 9/11/2001)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (loves football)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Poli-sci prof at Stanford)
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee (President Bush's staff)
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Republican)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (first woman National Security Advisor)

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