Tweaking the lines your parents used when they grounded you, Condoleezza Rice claims that life is not "a popularity contest," and that someday, people will "start to thank this president for what he's done."
Rice brushes off the historians who are currently ranking Bush as one of the worst Presidents in history by saying they "aren't very good historians," and goes on to insist that someday, we'll all be sorry that we were so hard on poor ol' unpopular W. "This isn't a popularity contest. I'm sorry, it isn't. What the administration is responsible to do is to make good choices about Americans' interests and values in the long run — not for today's headlines, but for history's judgment," Rice told CBS Sunday Morning's Rita Braver, "And I am quite certain that when the final chapters are written and it's clear that Saddam Hussein's Iraq is gone in favor of an Iraq that is favorable to the future of the Middle East; when the history is written of a U.S.-China relationship that is better than it's ever been; an India relationship that is deeper and better than it's ever been; a relationship with Brazil and other countries of the left of Latin America, better than it's ever been." Rice also denied that Americans are disliked by the rest of the world. I'm sure some "good" historians would disagree.