Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly on the “O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News last week, and she professed to be unable to interpret the prez’s crappy poll numbers:
O’REILLY: How do you assess President Bush’s falling poll numbers? He’s at the lowest level of his presidency now. Why do you think that’s happening?
RICE: Well, Bill, I’m not one who can assess poll numbers in American politics. I know that this is a President who has had to do a lot of very difficult things. He’s had to deal with the largest terrorist attack on American soil, now the largest natural disaster in the United States and he’s had to make some very difficult decisions. I do know that he is not someone who reads his polls and he will tell you that he’s going to do what he thinks is right, but I’m really not competent to —
O’REILLY: Do you guys worry about it? Because you’re a close advisor in addition to being Secretary of State and you see poll numbers fall that quickly, is it a concern?
RICE: I think what will be a concern is, where is this Administration viewed in a few years in terms of what it’s achieved.
O’REILLY: All right. So you’re going to tough it out and hope that history proves you correct.
RICE: I think that’s all an American President can do because the American President can’t read the daily poll numbers. The American President can’t read the daily headlines when he’s in the midst of historic changing events.
Reads his polls? He doesn’t even read the newspaper, or, apparently, watch television. And doesn’t Condi have a doctorate? What does she mean that she can’t assess poll numbers?
Now Bill plays the “race card”:
O’REILLY: Does it hurt your feelings that most black Americans don’t like the President?
O’REILLY: Do you take it personally?
RICE: I don’t take anything personally, no. No. But I do like to have an opportunity to talk to people about what this President has meant for the empowerment of black Americans.
O’REILLY: Does it hurt your feelings when some anti-Bush people say that you’re a shill for him and sold out your race?
RICE: Oh, come on. Why would I worry about something like that? Bill, the fact of the matter is I’ve been black all my life. Nobody needs to tell me how to be black.
How come when I visit O’Reilly’s “no-spin zone,” I get all dizzy?