“I Love Her Very Much”: Condoleezza Rice Photo Album Found in Gaddafi’s Tripoli Compound
As Libyan rebels overran Muammar Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound during their final push to seize control of the North African country, they discovered a plethora of unique and bizarre artifacts chronicling the more than 40-year reign of one of the planet’s most eccentric heads of state. News footage of an elated rebel with the dictator’s outlandish military hat atop his head and of other insurgents brandishing his gold-plated Dragunov rifle really drove home the reality that the jig was up for the long-ruling tyrant.
But among the macho relics of the strongman’s regime was one touchingly sentimental find: an album filled entirely with snapshots of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It’s no secret that Gaddafi has what the New York Times calls a “diplo-crush” on Condi. He’s publicly proclaimed his admiration for his “darling” on multiple occasions. “I support my darling black African woman,” he told al-Jazeera in 2007. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders…Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin,” gushed the man who Senator John McCain (R-AZ) says “has American blood on his hands.”
Gaddafi must have been as elated as a suicide bomber with 72 virgins in heaven when Rice visited Tripoli and sat down for a private dinner with him in 2008. He showered her with more than $200,000 worth of lavish gifts, including a diamond ring, a lute, a signed copy of his Green Book and, charmingly, a locket with his photo inside.
In return, Rice gifted Gaddafi a dish emblazoned with the United States seal. The dictator’s love and admiration for his “darling black woman” was clearly not reciprocal, although according to the New York Times, Rice has been romantically linked to other prominent international statesman, including former Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema, former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Canadian “diplo-hunk” Peter McKay.
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