Saturday, November 15, 2008

Condoleezza Rice Should Stay...In A "Changed" Administration

I think Condoleezza Rice should be Obama's Secretary of State. This business of transitioning for the sake of transitioning doesn't make sense in lieu of the current upheaval in the world. She would add experience, continuity, and "change". It would show a true bipartisan effort on President-Elect Obama's part. He wouldn't even have to choose between Hillary and Kerry. Oh, I know that this would be too much to ask for, especially since the decision would send both candidates (in the running) into a tailspin. Besides...he owes favors. I am, however, just wondering when the "revelation" of actual change will manifest itself. So far he seems to be courting the "insiders". Indeed he is going to have to think outside of the box to "PLUMBLINE AMERICA"...and reach outside of the PARTY to bring its people back together.

The information below is courtesy of the Bureau of Public AffairsWashington, D.C.
Under the Constitution, the President of the United States determines U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States.
These duties—the activities and responsibilities of the State Department—include the following:
1.)Serves as the President’s principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
2.)Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
3.)Grants and issues passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the
United States;
4.)Advises the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other
diplomatic representatives;
5.)Advises the President regarding the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of
foreign governments;
6.)Personally participates in or directs U.S. representatives to international conferences,
organizations, and agencies;
7.)Negotiates, interprets, and terminates treaties and agreements;
8.)Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests
in foreign countries;
9.)Supervises the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;
10.)Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural,
and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
11.)Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
12.)Promotes beneficial economic intercourse between the United States and other countries;
13.)Administers the Department of State;
14.)Supervises the Foreign Service of the United States.

For more information go to the Bureau of Public Affairs' website at the following website:

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-15-08

Note: If we don't pull together...we pull apart.