Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bipartisanship in action at the unveiling of the Madeleine Albright portrait

Here's the transcript of the remarks and a video link. An excerpt from Secretary Rice's remarks:

I always tell Secretary Albright that it has been an honor to follow her in service here at the State Department. Our tenures, along with that of Secretary Colin Powell, show just how far the United States of America has come since the founding fathers, one of whom, of course, this room is named for, Benjamin Franklin, conceived of a young country along the eastern seaboard in which all men would be created equal. (Laughter.) If I serve my full term, it will have been 12 years since the United States of America had a white male Secretary of State. (Laughter and applause.) That a Czech immigrant and a daughter of an Alabama sharecropper -- granddaughter of an Alabama sharecropper could one day occupy the same office truly illustrates the greatness of this country.

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