Condoleezza Rice - Secretary of State
At the beginning of George W. Bush's second term in 2005, Condoleezza Rice was appointed Secretary of State. At her confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, she enumerated three main tasks facing American foreign policy in the coming years. "unite the community of democracies, strengthen the community of democracies, and spread freedom and democracy." She was passed through the Foreign Relations Committee with only two bitterly partisan Senators opposing the nomination, Boxer of California and Kerry of Massachusetts. Ultimately, she was approved by the full Senate 85-13.
She would become a very visible Secretary of State. Travelling over half a million miles in her first two years, Condoleezza Rice began to solidify alliances with France and Germany, continued strong relations with Great Britain, and brokerred a deal between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Her charming personality coupled with her tough principles allowed her to charm the press and to advance the U.S. agenda of expanding democracy and freedom around the world. She would go on to handle many crises, and become the most popular member of the Bush cabinet.
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