August 25th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Gadhafi's crush on Condi?

Editor's Note: The following text is from GlobalPost, which provides excellent coverage of world news – importantmoving and just odd.

Libyan rebels looting Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli have discovered an album filled with photos of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Moammar Gadhafi has a well-known affection for Rice, and the strange photo album features page after page of pictures of her, many of them close-ups, reports MSNBC, which obtained photos of the album.

Rice visited Libya in 2008 during the brief period that saw Gadhafi's international reputation rehabilitated, and Washington restore diplomatic relations with the former enemy state. During her stay in Tripoli, Rice shared a late-night dinner with Gadhafi to break the Ramadan fast, The Washington Post says.

“His [Gadhafi's] face lit up when he saw Rice," the Post wrote at the time.

Photos from GlobalPost's Planet Pic: Libyan rebels storm Gadhafi compound, fighting not over.

Gadhafi raved about Rice in a 2007 interview with Al Jazeera.

"I support my darling black African woman," Gadhafi said. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much. I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin."

The Condi Rice tribute photo album is among the many unusual items that have been found in Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound.

A Libyan rebel claimed to find Gadhafi's flamboyant military hat in his bedroom at the compound. Other rebels seized Gadhafi's golf cart, which they took for a joyride through Tripoli.

Reporting from GlobalPost in Libya: First brigade of Benghazi rebels arrive in Tripoli.

Rice is currently writing a memoir about her years in the Bush Administration. It is not clear whether the book will contain any details about her encounters with Gadhafi.

Rice’s "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” is set to be published November 1 by Crown, Politico reports.

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    Interesting revelations!

    August 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
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  3. Dionne Roberts-Emegha

    I take issue with the description of Gadhafi's crush on Condi Rice as "bizare, crazy, weird and eccentric. CNN guest commentator (Syrian Professor, I believe) particularly thought it over the top that Gadhafi called her "his darling black African woman [who] he admires and loves." He also hated that Gadhafi views himself as African and not Middle Eastern. I never thought I would defend Gadhafi but Condi is a strong, Black, beautiful and intelligent woman – why would he or any other man not find her attractive? Further, Libya is an African country, which would make Gadhafi an African man so what is so weird about him calling himself an African or being attracted to African women? We often highlight Muslim men that demand complete obedience and docility, but here is a man (albeit with many issues and inhumane tendencies) who clearly likes powerful women – he surrounds himself with female body guards and has a crush on an intellectual heavy weight – with all his vices, this is one characteristic that we should actually commend – if American men can handle it . . .

    August 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  4. AOP

    He probably likes her music:

    August 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  5. justinstl

    Yuk each his own!! Actually He he is sicker than i thought to like and want Condyloma Rice ....ewwwww

    September 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  6. cnnmrcnn

    Gadaffy was not alone.Here, Mr. Shaukat Aziz aka ladies man and prime minister of Pakistan tried to "pickup" Ms Rice to his disgrace. She let him know he's no "Show Cat" but more like an "Ally Cat".It is a cultural fixation on black, powrful and female otherwise considered far less a man in these cultures/values etc.Dr. Rice is one of the most eloquent and brilliant diplomats our nation is priveledged to have. Article:Down, boy: Rice puts ladies' man in his placeMay 23, 2007Test of wills ... failed charmer Shaukat Aziz. ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Prime Minister's charm failed to work its magic on the steely US Secretary of State, according to a new biography of Condoleezza Rice.The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports that the book describes in excruciating detail how Shaukat Aziz allegedly tried to impress Dr Rice when she visited South Asia in March 2005.Mr Aziz "tried this Savile Row-suited gigolo kind of charm: 'Pakistan is a country of rich traditions,' staring in [Dr Rice's] eyes," the biographer Marcus Mabry writes, according toDawn."When Rice sat down with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who fancied himself as a ladies' man, Aziz puffed himself up and held forth in what he obviously thought was his seductive baritone. He bragged – to Western diplomats, no less – that he could conquer any woman in two minutes."Mr Aziz, who is married with three children, was out of luck."There was this test of wills where he was trying to use all his charms on her as a woman, and she just basically stared him down," the newspaper quotes Mabry, a senior correspondent withNewsweek, as writing."By the end of the meeting he was babbling. The Pakistanis were shifting uncomfortably. And his voice visibly changed."Government spokesmen were not immediately available for comment on Monday.Mr Aziz, 58, had a successful career in international banking before moving into politics.He had postings around the world, including in London, Athens and New York, and rose to be vice-president of Citibank in 1992.He became Pakistan's prime minister in 2004, serving under the country's military ruler, President Pervez Musharraf.Mabry's biography of Dr Rice, Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power, was published this month

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