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A true diplomat
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:47:04 PM »
This involves a political figure. I'm going to name her (this is the "rich and famous" forum), but I trust my fellow e-hellions not to turn this into a discussion of the politics. (Mods, if I'm in forbidden territory even bringing this up, feel free to delete. I just thought it was too good not to share.)

This afternoon I heard a radio interview with Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State. It took place in front of a live audience. Fairly early on in the interview, a woman in the audience started yelling at her. Since it *was* radio, I don't know what was done with the heckler (I hesitate to call her that, since hecklers tend to be jokers and she was serious) -- whether she was ejected or just shushed.

In any event, once it was quiet again, Dr. Rice said (a paraphrase because I don't have a phonographic memory), "Now that's why I'm glad to be an American! Because in America that woman is free to safely say whatever she wants!"

I think both sides of the aisle can agree that this was a *very* classy response.
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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2010, 07:55:01 PM »
I wonder if Dr. Rice is a secret e-hellion?  ;D

That's a great, non-confrontational response.
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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 10:03:42 PM »
Very nicely done.

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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 10:12:20 PM »
Class and Grace.  She has always shown a great deal of both.
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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010, 10:47:43 AM »
Very diplomatic indeed :)
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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 06:51:01 PM »
Agree or disagree with her politics and policies, one cannot say ill of her civility and poise.

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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010, 10:17:20 AM »
Good for her! I'm glad she didn't just ignore the situation, she acknowledged it and in a very classy way.

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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010, 03:50:42 PM »
baglady wrote:

"In any event, once it was quiet again, Dr. Rice said (a paraphrase because I don't have a phonographic memory), "Now that's why I'm glad to be an American! Because in America that woman is free to safely say whatever she wants!""

On the flip side, she was ejected or shushed  ;) ...but I'll still give Ms. Rice credit for pointing out what should be obvious to all Americans.

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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 04:56:01 PM »
baglady wrote:

"In any event, once it was quiet again, Dr. Rice said (a paraphrase because I don't have a phonographic memory), "Now that's why I'm glad to be an American! Because in America that woman is free to safely say whatever she wants!""

On the flip side, she was ejected or shushed  ;) ...but I'll still give Ms. Rice credit for pointing out what should be obvious to all Americans.

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Yes, she was ejected or shushed because the audience came to hear Dr. Rice speak, not the heckler.  Sounds like it was well handled.

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Re: A true diplomat
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010, 07:27:55 PM »
baglady wrote:

"In any event, once it was quiet again, Dr. Rice said (a paraphrase because I don't have a phonographic memory), "Now that's why I'm glad to be an American! Because in America that woman is free to safely say whatever she wants!""

On the flip side, she was ejected or shushed  ;) ...but I'll still give Ms. Rice credit for pointing out what should be obvious to all Americans.

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But not tazed. ;)