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The Daily Beast has a preview of Condoleezza Rice’s forthcoming memoir, in which she details recently killed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s obsession with, what he called, his “darling black African woman.”
Of one encounter with her admirer, after a Ramadan dinner, Condi recalled:
At the end of dinner, Qaddafi told me that he’d made a videotape for me. Uh oh, I thought, what is this going to be? It was a quite innocent collection of photos of me with world leaders—President Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, and so on—set to the music of a song called “Black Flower in the White House,” written for me by a Libyan composer. It was weird, but at least it wasn’t raunchy.
Gaddafi earlier said, of Rice, ”Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. … I love her very much.” He also had a “bound book of Condi-worship features full-page glossy photos and smaller snapshots.”