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Qaddafi’s musical tribute to Condoleezza Rice

The Daily Beast runs a very odd excerpt from Condoleezza Rice’s new autobiography, describing her meeting with Qaddafi in Libya in 2003. Here’s the best bit: It was Ramadan at the time of my visit, and after sundown the “Brother Leader” insisted that I join him for dinner in his private kitchen. Colby Cooper, who ...

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The Daily Beast runs a very odd excerpt from Condoleezza Rice’s new autobiography, describing her meeting with Qaddafi in Libya in 2003. Here’s the best bit:

It was Ramadan at the time of my visit, and after sundown the “Brother Leader” insisted that I join him for dinner in his private kitchen. Colby Cooper, who had overseen the arrangements for the trip, protested that this hadn’t been the plan. My security detail did as well, especially when they were told to stay outside. I thought I could take care of myself and went in. At the end of dinner, Qaddafi told me that he’d made a videotape for me. Uh oh, I thought, what is this going to be? It was a quite innocent collection of photos of me with world leaders—President Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, and so on—set to the music of a song called “Black Flower in the White House,” written for me by a Libyan composer. It was weird, but at least it wasn’t raunchy.

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