You believe that if we really want to defend American values, conservatives must be exposed, mocked, and assailed for every fanatical, puritanical, warmongering, Constitution-shredding ideal for which they stand. There have long been questions about Rice's sexual orientation and her personal life in general.CNN's ever probing anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Elisabeth Bumiller, the author of the new Condi biography "Condoleezza Rice: An American Life" today on the situation room.Amid questions about how Condi has shaped the face of our great American predicament, aka the Iraq war, Blitzer couldn't help asking for some dirt on Condi's life behind closed doors. She dished on Condi's strong taste for football players (we always knew she wanted to be Football Commissioner).As Kessler notes, "She has built a wall of privacy around her that is never breached." But Kessler had access to Rice's closest friends and to Rice herself, and he reveals some eyebrow-raising information that hasn't been out there before.In the book and on the show, Kessler described how Rice's "closest male friend" is openly gay, a man by the name of Coit D. Rice's "closest female friend" is a woman named Randy Bean (pictured here), who is unmarried and whose sexual orientation is not stated.
‘A girl can't be seen with you without some scandal,' I joked. He is a good friend."Perhaps more surprising than her dismissal of the romantic rumors is the revelation that Rice was planning to resign from her position after her trip to Nova Scotia, worn out from the strain of managing America's foreign relationships in the wake of the fall of the twin towers.
Blacker, a Stanford professor (Rice was provost at Stanford in the late 1990s for six years) and a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration. She is described as a "liberal progressive;" she's a documentary filmmaker who works at Standford University and once worked for Bill Moyers.
Blacker, whose partner is also mentioned, advised Al Gore's campaign in 2000, while his close friend Rice became a chief confidante to a president who has tried to make gays into second class citizens in the U. She and Rice and Blacker (again, who has a partner) are discussed as a "second family," a term Bean uses, also saying that, "on friends, [Rice] goes narrow and deep."According to newly revealed information in the book (which Kessler found through real estate records), the two women, Rice and Bean (yes, hilarious), own a home together and have a line of credit together.
She has also been tenuously tied to former British foreign minister, Jack Straw and former Italian foreign minister, Massimo D’Alema.
Perhaps most famously, deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had what Rice described as an 'eerie" obsession with her.