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Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand

Condi Rice should expect some heat over this:

Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman.

She's also working on her backhand with Monica Sales at the U.S. Open. And, as Drudge reports, last night she attended a Broadway play.

Eyewitness: Sec of State Condi Rice laughs it up at 'Spamalot' while Gulf Coast lays in tatters. Theater goers on New York' City's Great White Way were shocked to see the President's former National Security Advisor at the Monty Python farce last night -- as the rest of the cabinet responds to Hurricane Katrina...

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  • Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#1)
    by scarshapedstar on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 11:35:51 AM EST
    "Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman." What a nice lady. I can tell she loves freedom. (And yes, this woman could have been a terorrist and she wasn't looking out for herself she was looking out for all of us blah blah blah...)

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#3)
    by jarober on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 11:50:25 AM EST
    Oh my gosh - the Secretary of State, who has no actual responsibility in the area of disaster recovery, is doing other things! How pathetic can you get?

    Using the convoluted thinking of the Bush administration, Condiliar Rice will get the Medal of Freedom for having the "terrorist" who was screaming at her removed from the the store. God, I love this country.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#4)
    by DawesFred60 on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 11:54:03 AM EST
    why not? its all a joke anyway, listen to what bush is talking about on FOX News, you got to love this joke, but i do feel his pain, and bush will look good on a tree someday. as a old guy do any of you have nude pic's of condi rice, not with bush, no boys. and the dismantling plan is coming along just find. gas $10.50 soon.

    You're suggesting the "not my job" rationalization, jr?

    I say issue her some flip-flops and let her pratice her tennis on the beach at the gulf coast

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#7)
    by Che's Lounge on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:12:20 PM EST
    We're skirtin' the tree tops folks. And we are extrmely vulnerable right now. The Guard is razor thin. Bushco's response to the disaster is to wait 3 days and then ask US for money. As if we haven't figured this all out already. Jeez he is comfortably numb. At least they cracked his genetic code. Where's Bin Laden? Remember him? You think he's sitting by his TV right now? Arrest that SOB for gross negligence in his "leadership" role. STORM THE WH ON 9/24!!

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#8)
    by jarober on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:13:01 PM EST
    I'll think that TL is serious - with these sorts of critiques - just as soon as TL goes off the air and shows up in NO to volunteer. Which is not to say that I think TL should drop everything and charge down there - but if Condi Rice should, then so should I, every commenter here, and TL. It's every bit as much our job as it is hers.

    It's every bit as much our job as it is hers.
    I see. A cabinet secretary--and rumored Presidential candidate--has no more responsibility in a time of crisis than any other citizen? Thanks for clearing that up.

    If arrogance were not the message here Condi would have been more discreet. She is a public figure and what she does is a message to us all. Jr. what do you think she is telling america here. Oh, TL is great but in no way to be compared to Condi. Condi made a choice to be a high ranking public figure and as a result bears responsibility for her every action, even shopping, (remember the media madness re Clintons haircuts, no disasters then), and scrutiny by the public regarding those actions. Give it a rest JR.

    It's kind of like Versailles in the court of Louis XIV

    The above was me. Forgot to fill my name in ;-)

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#13)
    by nolo on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 12:49:20 PM EST
    Scotty McLellan was just saying that the State department's responsible for coordinating relief assistance being offered to us by other countries (and yes, it's being offered). So yeah, I think there are a few things Ms. Rice could be doing about now.

    Yesterday HS banned Canada from delivering much needed water and supplies. What was up with that Condi?

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#15)
    by Che's Lounge on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:04:50 PM EST
    Yes JR we should all go there and add to the demands for food and water. JR you need to email Jack Cafferty with your approval of the Bushco relief response. He has the question up on his show and says that the feedback is 100% negative for their response.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#16)
    by desertswine on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:06:49 PM EST
    It's kind of like Versailles in the court of Louis XIV
    Let them wear flip-flops!

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#17)
    by DawesFred60 on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:10:05 PM EST
    Long live Canada, god did you hear that bush just got back from a meeting with "saudia arbia guy", and was told to do nothing but dance for food and water. and tristero you said it best, thank you.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#18)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:31:02 PM EST
    QIB writes:
    A cabinet secretary--and rumored Presidential candidate--has no more responsibility in a time of crisis than any other citizen?
    Please tell us what you would have the SecofState do? Sit and wring her hands? nolo - So you think she should involved in the routine type activities. Yes, I am sure she is an expert in coordination. BTW - Can you tell us what countries have offered what? The only one I am aware of is Israel. Et al – The last 48 hours has proven to be the worst case of Bush Haters At Work -BHAW – that I have seen in quite a while. My congratulations.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#19)
    by nolo on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:41:06 PM EST
    MSNBC's got news on foreign aid offered to the U.S., including a list of the countries, here. And it's not just Israel. And with the offers coming in from high-ranking foreign officials, I expect the Secretary of State to do what she apparently seems to be doing now, which is to be there to respond personally. Plus, with the crisis in full swing, and people dying even as you're reading this, I don't think it's unreasonable for this country's leadership to act like something worth their attention is going on.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#20)
    by nolo on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:43:10 PM EST
    And ppj, I'd like to add that right now I do hate Bush very much, thank you for asking.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#21)
    by Sailor on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:45:31 PM EST
    More than 20 countries, from allies Germany and Japan to prickly Venezuela and poor Honduras, have offered to help the United States cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#22)
    by Sailor on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:46:26 PM EST
    Keep watching jim, repubs are starting to hate him too.

    Please tell us what you would have the SecofState do? Sit and wring her hands?
    That wouldn't be very helpful. Perhaps instead she could be working with some of the foreign countries that have offered assistance.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#24)
    by roger on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 01:58:20 PM EST
    JR, I helped out in Andrew, I helped out in last year's series of three. How many disasters has Condi (or any rightie here) helped out in.

    Che: "STORM THE WH ON 9/24!!" Don't say stuff like that, Che. Desperation is not the form of our protest, and violence is COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE. The cordon around these aristocrat traitors would LOVE to try out their new crowd-control Microwave weapon, their new bug-sprays and electric eel flying wires. If you think Bush can be brought down by frontal assault, you are much more of an idiot than I thought. :-)

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#26)
    by Che's Lounge on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:12:54 PM EST
    More to the point is how many disaster she's CAUSED.

    "Perhaps instead she could be working with some of the foreign countries that have offered assistance." She's accepted all that. Now what ELSE would you have her do? Go down to the docks and physically unload crates?

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#28)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:51:30 PM EST
    Roger - Don't you live in the Orlando area? And do you really think it would be productive for Rice to be down in NO? nolo - Dosen't surprise me. But "right now?" Come on, don't be shy. And it sure looks like the government's attention is focused on this. Sailor - Thanks. BTW - I loved the last paragraph:
    Cuban President Fidel Castro, a close Chavez ally, led a minute of silence in homage to victims of Katrina in parliament on Thursday. The parliament then returned to normal business with a resolution attacking Bush over the Iraq war.


    How about RESIGN, Joe. How about go out dancing on the corpses piling up in Haiti, where she said she "doesn't want to see him (Aristide) in this hemisphere" even though he is the legally-elected president of the country? Participating in genocide is just part of her job, eh? Rice is a traitor. She ought to shoot herself.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#30)
    by squeaky on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:53:40 PM EST
    Joe-
    She's accepted all that. Now what ELSE would you have her do? Go down to the docks and physically unload crates?
    How bout she resign? The oil industry needs more than America does.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#31)
    by roger on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 02:57:26 PM EST
    JR- 3 Hurricanes in Orlando last year, I lived in Miami back during Andrew. And yes, I do expect our public officials to tour scenes, give speechs, raise hopes and quench fears. Call me old fashioned

    She's accepted all that. Now what ELSE would you have her do? Go down to the docks and physically unload crates?
    Perhaps you have a better understanding than I do of how these things work. See, I thought that there would be more to it than just saying something like, "Sure, we could use a few extra helicopters" and then skipping off to the tennis court. I guess you're probably right. This is an ideal time for Condi to take a vacation since everybody else is too busy to meet with her.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#33)
    by nolo on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 03:17:21 PM EST
    Oh believe me, ppj, I'm not shy. Neither are the Bush supporters who share my shock at all this. Consider this e-mail posted on the NRO Corner:
    A lot of Bush fans are frankly aghast at how tone-deaf the president is at this moment. They just showed clips of New Orleans prisoners sitting in a huge group, some of them handcuffed together with plastic cuffs with flood water lapping at their feet. They have been there for two days. Prisoners have their shirts pulled over their noses because the stench is too overwhelming.
    The scenes I'm seeing on Fox are things you'd think you'd only see in Somalia or Bangladesh. This is the United States of America. We can't get a single truck full of water to these people? We can't get a single helicopter to fly over and drop supplies? A cop car and a military truck roll up from the distance, giving the suffering people hope. Do they stop as the desperate wave? No. They drive through. They can't even stop to tell them where they should go to get any life-saving water or food. I am starting to feel a mixture of outrage and shame...
    And that's from people who voted for the guy. You can read the rest here.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#34)
    by Al on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 03:29:14 PM EST
    The Canadian armed forces as well as various government and aid agencies have offered help to the United States. (See for example today's Globe and Mail). So yes, Rice could make herself plenty busy coordinating with those countries that are offering to help if she chose to. It certainly must be puzzling to them to see that she is buying expensive shoes and practicing her tennis.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#36)
    by roger on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 03:36:49 PM EST
    Sorry, that was me

    A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman. Someone should find this shopper and get the accoount straight from them on videotape. Should Condi decide to seek the presidency, this would make a great ad against her:Show the shopper giving their account of events, then put on the screen: Does our country need eight more years of this?

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#35)
    by roger on Thu Sep 01, 2005 at 04:40:19 PM EST
    Maybe she could buy a fiddle. Then she could form a band with W on lead guitar

    Why think in terms of fours and eights? We haven't had a legal election in five years, and we aren't going to get any next year, either, though some states, like California, will have some sort of recount right returned to us by then. Down with Diebold! Down with the traitors who stole our votes.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#40)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    DA writes:
    If Unka Karl is paying you, he clearly isn't getting the 'bang for his buck' these days...........
    Alas he pays not a dime, not a token. As to your comment about my poor efforts, I really have no excuse. I will try to do better. nolo writes:
    We can't get a single helicopter to fly over and drop supplies?
    You and the other writer, who is a Bush supporter only in your mind, demonstrate an astonishing ignorance on what crowds do. Let me ask. What would happen if a helicopter dropped off a couple hundred bottles of water in the midst of 23,000? That is assuming that the hellicopter would even go there since they are being shot at. Think you might have a 100 people killed in the ensuing riot? Dummy. Squeaky writes;
    How bout she resign?
    You showing your racist position, eh? (See what happens when you get into bed with the devil?) Roger – Try Tallahassee. ;-)

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#41)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    PIL, I may be an idiot but I'm not an armchair radical. If you think the democratic process still exists in this country then you are also drinking the Koolaid. What the hell is the matter with you? Are you afraid to die for your country? You want to see people of courage dying for their country? Turn on your TV. If I get shot trying to execute a citizen's arrest on a mass murderer, so be it.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#42)
    by Aaron on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:02 PM EST
    What a bummer for Condi in Dubya, to be interrupted during their vacation time and dragged away from their recreational activities to save the lives of Americans. We are get to see the true nature of these Republicans revealed in the crucible of this tragedy, doubtless the response at election time will be equitable and proportional in the light of this unconscionable negligence and utter failure.

    Che: "If you think the democratic process still exists in this country..." Of course it does. The states are mostly intact, and the Congress, as packed and neutralized as it is currently, is still holding regular meetings. What changed was VOTE FRAUD, and the corporate media licking the hand of its owners. Here in CA, we're well on our way to stopping Diebold, and the evidence that is accruing about how they screwed us to the wall in 1999 applies to every state involved. We CAN get our voting rights back. These rightwingers tried to take over the country with a racist brownshirt movement, and it didn't take. Now they are exposed, the case for their treason, war crimes, fraud, negligence, graft, coup d'tat, and other illegal acts is not hard to make. That's A LOT different than a country like Germany in 1935. It's a lot different than them being criminals and the facts not being in evidence. We have the goods on them; all we need is some justice. Calling for acts of desperation is not healthy. T-cells protest and take political action to get our representatives to WORK TOGETHER to end this evil. Stay part of the defense mechanisms, and don't propagandize for violence, because that's what agents do, and you have shown yourself not to be one of those (though your handle might be stolen by someone who is).

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#44)
    by cpinva on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    Alas he pays not a dime, not a token. As to your comment about my poor efforts, I really have no excuse. I will try to do better.
    ppj, considering the pathetic material you have to work with, delusions of mediocrity is probably the best you can expect to achieve.
    She's accepted all that. Now what ELSE would you have her do? Go down to the docks and physically unload crates?
    yes, if that's what it takes to get the job done. if nothing else, she should be high profiling it working to coordinate the logistics of the offers of help from foreign countries, not shopping or playing tennis. this merely exemplifies, in high relief, the almost complete disconnect between this administration and the rest of us. clinton, gore and their entire families would have been down there in a heartbeat, had they been allowed. while they probably wouldn't have been able to physically accomplish all that much, their presence would have provided a much needed shot of morale to everyone. clinton is/was a master at this sort of thing: he didn't personally lift a shovel, but he projected empathy, and made people believe that things were going to get better, and by god he would see to it! bush and his cabinet are deer in the headlights by comparison.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#45)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    PIL, I hope for your sake and the sake of all of us that you are right. all we need is some justice. And therein lies the rub.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#46)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    PIL, By the way T-cells are also called killer cells.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#47)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    and don't propagandize for violence, because that's what agents do, and you have shown yourself not to be one of those (though your handle might be stolen by someone who is). How hard it must be to criticize a man who is dead. Don't hurt yourself.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#48)
    by kdog on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:04 PM EST
    She's accepted all that. Now what ELSE would you have her do? Go down to the docks and physically unload crates?
    Yes, if she has nothing else to do except buy shoes. Roger said it best, Condi could go down and simply stand with the suffering. That's what leaders do, but maybe I'm old fashioned too.

    Re: Condi Rice Shops for Shoes, Works on Backhand (none / 0) (#50)
    by Aaron on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:03:06 PM EST
    When things go bad, bad girls shop!

    So when Condi went to see Spam-a-Lot, do you think she laughed at the "Bring Out Your Dead" sketch?

    Posted by Che's Lounge: "How hard it must be to criticize a man who is dead. Don't hurt yourself." I have no clue what you're referring to. As for 'hope I'm right,' yeah, well We the People, Che's.

    I live along the Gulf Coast of Florida and have already donated money. I felt very guilty the other night for ordering a pizza for my 14 year old son that was 20.00. We vowed not to do that again while others nearby are starving. CondoSLEEZA should return the shoes and donate that money. Let's get up a petition!