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Gadhafi wanted Condi Rice in his tent


After former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Moammar Gadhafi in 2008, she probably needed a wet nap. In her memoir "No Higher Honor," set to be published Nov. 1, Rice shares some sticky details about the rendezvous. She says he wanted her to meet him in his tent and he played her a videotape of photos of her, set to a musical track titled "Black Flower in the White House."

Obviously, the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state since 1953 would be a major milestone on the country’s path to inter- national acceptability. But Qaddafi also had a slightly eerie fascination with me personally, asking visitors why his “African princess” wouldn’t visit him.

I decided to ignore the latter and dwell on the former to prepare for the trip. The arrangements were not easy, with all manner of Libyan demands, including that I meet the leader in his tent. Needless to say, I declined the invitation and met him in his formal residence.


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.

At least.

h/t The Daily Beast

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