(Rice denies all of the assumptions about what she must be like, except the one about the subservient wife - no, she would not fit that particular description.) As for getting to choose between being the first female president or being happily married to a hunky NFL football player, I'll let all of you throw your own darts at that one. I know it's hard for people in Washington to believe, because Washington is very much its own conversation.
Here's how Rice responded: "I'm well beyond the age at which I'm about to be married to an NFL football player, but I am -- very much love what I do. But there is nothing better than being in a classroom with really, really brilliant students, and opening up new worlds to them in the way that a profession opened up new worlds to me. She has the kind of love that is not the stuff of fairy tales or romantic lyrics. Maybe someday, in some interview, someone can pose that as a possibility. UPDATE: Here's another take on that interview from the B*tch Magazine blog.
Then he asks how many times she has come close, whether she has dreamed of the fairy tale wedding, and whether she still holds out hope.
I'll give him this - he waited until the very last segment of the show to bring on the matrimonial inquisition.
But then he spent that entire segment on it, and teased it with this: Rice replies that she always expected to be married but "you don't get married in the abstract.
My quotes aren't verbatim as I am citing from memory, but she talks about "meeting the dream person" and "nice girls getting married" and "I always expected to be married". I mean, she must be so smart to have done all she has done, and yet this conditioning I think so many of us have that "marriage is the way" (rather than an invention of humankind) still sits there.
In "Bella" language (like when we are asked "why are you single" we respond "why are you married"!
As David Samuels relays in his June 2007 profile “Grand Illusions”: Rice works out regularly with a trainer, has dated NFL All-Pro receivers Rick Upchurch and Gene Washington, is a talented classical pianist, and wears sophisticated clothes that show off her long, athletic legs, facts that may seem trivial, but actually provide valuable clues to an underlying truth about the secretary of state: She is an extreme personality.
Even more striking than her lemon-meringue-colored suits or her taste for professional athletes is Rice’s bold optimism about the world’s future.
You find someone that you'd like to be married to." Here, now, is a series of questions Morgan tossed at Rice.
She responds graciously to each (you can read the full transcript here - go to the end to find the marriage discussion).
Her colleagues call her outlook “the theology,” alluding to her unshakable faith that history is moving in a progressive direction.