Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has become the latest public figure embroiled in a commencement spat, announcing Saturday that she would not give the graduation address at Rutgers University this month because of protests. She joins a list of those whose selection as a graduation speaker has raised a ruckus, including Eric H. Holder Jr. Fuss over commencement speakers is common each spring. In many cases, students who object instead turn their backs or walk out during speeches. And universities have been reluctant to rescind invitations, saying that they welcome spirited debates on topics such as race, gay marriage and abortion.
Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests
She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State , the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up while the South was racially segregated. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and her master's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification from to On December 17, , she left her position and joined the Bush administration as National Security Advisor.
Yes, Condi, it is Relevant
Me, a lesbian? What about my husband? Over the weekend the Minneapolis Star Tribune summarized the tale thus far and got Fox News anchor Lauren Green to not only openly declare her heterosexual orientation, she also said gay equals cool. I don't need that!
Get Raw headlines in your browser. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice co-owned a home and shared a line of credit with another woman, according to Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Glenn Kessler, who reveals the information in his new book, The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy. Kessler discussed the revelations with talk-show host and gay author Michaelangelo Signorile Friday on his Sirius Radio show. According to the book, Rice owns a home together with Randy Bean, a documentary filmmaker who once worked with Bill Moyers.