Lee says ‘radical right’ forced Rice to withdraw

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, issued this statement after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw from consideration for U.S. Secretary of State was announced today:

Barbara Lee (Dec-2010)“I am profoundly disappointed that Ambassador Rice, such a well qualified woman of color, would be denied the opportunity to become our next Secretary of State due to the baseless and manufactured allegations of the radical right.

“I have known and worked closely with Ambassador Susan Rice for many years—on many global issues. From the genocide in Sudan to the ongoing violence in Syria, the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Ambassador Rice works each and every day to advance the highest ideals of our country and would have been an outstanding Secretary of State.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    “woman of color”

    And that’s all we need to know about that.

    You can always count on Bobbie Lee to say something stupid.

    Racism is racism, and by any other name would stink as much.

  • John W

    That will teach her for making fun of John McCain in 2008 — after he informed the American people how safe the war had made it to walk through downtown Baghdad, as evidenced by his own documented stroll through town. Of course, like any typical tourist, he was wearing a Kevlar vest and was surrounded by 100 heavily armed soldiers on foot and in Humvees, with 5 Blackhawks and 2 gunships circling overhead. And let’s see, I believe McCain’s complaint about Rice is that she misled people about Benghazi!

    Most people don’t know that Susan Rice’s father was a Tuskeegee Airman.

  • JAFO

    I believe Ms. Rice is well qualified for the position of Secretary of State. I also believe she was unfairly criticized by some conservatives for the common Washington, DC “sin” of parroting inaccurate talking points. She agreed, perhaps even volunteered, to serve as a PR flak for the Obama administration. For that, she has paid a high, yes unreasonable, price. That said, my throat has grown sore from gagging after reading the unending, rubber stamp claims that every person who has a difference of opinion with a person of color, no matter how slight, is a racist. Give me a frickin’ break, Ms. Lee. As I recall, the last Secretary of State, in the “hated” Bush Administration, was an equally well qualified woman of color. Must you so consistently fall back on such an intellectually dishonest and lazy argument?

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    I want BaLee’s reaction to “Django Unchained.”

  • Elwood

    Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

    A: It’s Bush’s fault and you’re a racist!

  • John W

    I’m never hesitant to say so when race is a factor, as it is more often than people care to admit. However, race is not a factor in this matter. It’s a combination of payback for her sassy remark about McCain during the 2008 campaign, payback for the Democrats fighting Bush’s nomination of John Bolton for UN Ambassador and scapegoating for Benghazi. She got shafted, in my opinion, but not because of race.

    The Clintons aren’t shedding any tears over this, since Susan Rice was Obama’s foreign policy advisor during the 2008 nomination battle. John Kerry’s an excellent pick if Obama nominates him. Besides, Obama owes him big time. He would not be president if Kerry hadn’t picked him to give the keynote speech at the 2004 convention.