Rice meeting with Obama Friday, not expected to get NSA post
December 14th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

Rice meeting with Obama Friday, not expected to get NSA post

Washington (CNN) – Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office Friday when President Obama meets with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

The private one-on-one meeting comes the day after Rice abruptly withdrew her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state, citing a “lengthy, disruptive, and costly” confirmation process.

Rice, thought to be the president’s first choice for the top diplomatic post, took repeated fire for her comments in the aftermath of the September 11, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Meanwhile, a goodwill trip to Capitol Hill to allay concerns late last month did more harm than good.

While the president defended Rice publicly on more than one occasion, his delay in nominating her to the post was largely read as a sign he was wavering on his decision which weakened her standing.

As the president gets set to name a new national security team – which includes a defense secretary, CIA director and secretary of state – there was speculation that Rice might be tapped to fill Tom Donilon’s shoes as national security adviser.

But a senior administration official tells CNN’s Jessica Yellin that Donilon will remain in the job. Meanwhile, in an interview with Sacramento television station KCRA Thursday, Obama indicated Rice will remain in her job as well.

“Susan is going to continue to be an outstanding U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,” Obama said, adding, that “she will continue to be one of the top members of my National Security team."

– CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report


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  1. Pappy

    We all want to thank Mr Speaker (all of OHIO is proud) to putting a stop to this

    December 14, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Boehner said he is not really worried about his own re-election – Then, why does he look so worried?

      December 14, 2012 at 11:01 am |
      • George Herbert Walker Shrub

        Because Boehner is not a convincing liar just a liar.

        December 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • Lionel

        We should all work as hard as possible to get rid of Boner and the take back Congress in 2016.

        December 17, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Tony, Ohio

      Pappy –

      Please speak for yourself. Don't try to lend your position credibility by invoking "all of OHIO".

      December 14, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • jean2009

      I'm from Ohio, and I can't stand Bonehead Boehner.....and believe me he is scared of the next election.

      December 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • Francisco Decastro

        I am telling you right now that Boehner will NOT be reelected because of the last four years. A suffering economy, and in 2010, they tried to pass a bill so we wouldn't have to worry about a fiscal cliff in the end of 2012, and they had it perfect, they had taxes on the rich, and major spending cuts, but he denied it.

        This is not counting the pledge many republicans said that they would "Make sure Obama will be a one term president" by not abiding to ANYTHING the President wants. And thats funny because the middle class is suffering a lot, but to the GOP it is worth not doing anything so Obama is not re-elected in 4 years, as if the suffering middle class can wait for their "four year hold", so they can try to elect a Republican. Yup, we can just wait a whole four years because they don't like the President, are you kidding me?

        And now the fiscal cliff is around the corner, and the last four years they could have avoided it, if they had not made a promise to make Obama a one term President.

        I say Boehner is OUT!

        December 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • steveo

        @Francisco Decastro,

        Your post does not make sense. Reason is the House faces re-election every two years. I don't live in Ohio, and do not get a vote but Boehner was just re-elected regardless of wha happened during the last 4 years. Jean, I know you are in Ohio but do you live in Boehner's district?

        December 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    The angry old white men of the GOP/Tea Party must be proud of themselves preventing a deserving black woman like Rice from representing this country as Secretary of State. This must be the change or rebranding of the GOP/Tea Party that they are talking about...more of the same hate and intolerance. Nothing has changed.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • mgtampa

      Nothing has changed with the GOP, still out of touch with the rest of the world. A dying party

      December 14, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • mgtampa

      EXACTLY

      December 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • jerry

      Typical liberal from San Francisco. Would not exepect anything but you forgot they are racist too. I defended her as the person that read the script she was given to read aloud on that Sunday. However, when she chose to include the political twist that it was not a terrorist attack because this president has completly disrupted their organization. Well, that was not in the message and for that – she is fair game. Had she stuck to the document in front of her – end of story.

      December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
      • Lionel

        Jerry – it is folks like you, who have sunk the Republican party.

        December 17, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • John

      Yeah, feels real good.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Pappy

      Plain and simple she lied. Just like hilly fell on her sword for dofus.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        IF SHE 'LIED' THEY WHY DON'T THEY HOLD HER IN CONTEMPT INSTEAD OF PUBLICLY BASHING HER CHARACTER? THAT'S BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T LIE AND TOLD ONLY WHAT INTELLIGENCE WAS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME, THE SAME INTELLIGENCE THESE SAME NIMRODS IN CONGRESS WERE PRIVY TO.

        THEN AGAIN, WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM REPUBLITARDS. BENGHAZI HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL TOOL TO BASH THE PRESIDENT WITH. I WOULD BET THAT WHEN THE INVESTIGATION GETS TO THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER, THOSE CUTS TO FUNDING OF EMBASSY SECURITY WILL REAR ITS UGLY HEAD.

        December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Ram Riva -- Calexico CA

        She did not lie...she did what she was instructed to do....PERIOD !!!!....do you now anything about national security??....NO...neither do I...so let the Intelligence community do their work....you want a lie.....how does this three letters look to you.....WMD....

        December 15, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • jean2009

        They only reason pappy is on here is he has a white sheet in his closet.

        December 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Pappy

      You all are the haters, if any one disagrees with you were either racist or haters. if she didnt know the truth than tuff toenails, before she went on the telly should of checked out her facts, ill give you maybe she was mislead, well if thats the case than she is inept either way her and holder have been caught in numerous lies, hence fore THEY SUCK d-12 I KNOW YOUR NOt DUMB ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THE CRAP YOU BLOG

      December 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        UNLESS YOU ARE THERE WHEN IT ALL HAPPENED YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO CALL SUSAN RICE A LIAR. GIVE US PROOF OR ARE YOU JUST TALKING OUT OF YOUR POSTERIOR? IF I WERE HER, I WOULD START SUING PEOPLE FOR DEFAMATION BUT OF COURSE, SHE HAD ALREADY TAKEN THE HIGH GROUND SO I DON'T EXPECT HER TO.

        IT WOULD NOT BE THE FIRST TIME HIGH OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN MISLED BY BAD INTELLIGENCE. NOBODY IS CALLING CONDI RICE INEPT OR UNQUALIFIED. YOU ALL MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THIS IS SOMETHING SO SHOCKINGLY NEW. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE? SUSAN RICE WORKS FOR OBAMA.

        EVEN IF SHE HAD ANYTHING REMOTELY TO DO WITH BENGHAZI, YOU ALL ACT LIKE IT IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAD EMBASSIES ATTACKED. WHERE WAS THE OUTRAGE DURING THE BUSH YEARS? THIS WAS MADE POLITICAL FROM DAY 1 AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE GUILTY OF IT.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
      • Lionel

        The real liars are McNasty and the Repubtards. We have heard it all before.

        December 17, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Have you ever heard of Condoleezza Rice?

      December 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • Lionel

        Yeah, you mean that Bush puppet.

        December 17, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  3. Evangenital

    Do not accept resignation and nominate her.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  4. Joi Gibson

    She had not even been nominated before McCain and Graham started flapping their jaws. They may think they have won this round, but the impression they have given is far from winning – more like Charlie Sheen winning. If they were so interested in what actually happened in Benghazi, then why not go to the actual intelligence agency that gave her the talking points (the NSA I think) and question them. This was political, pure and simple. And for McCain to say Ambassador Rice is not bright strains his credibility, if it can be strained any more.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  5. Grahame Rhodes

    I used to have some respect for John McCain. now after this as far as I am concerned he is just slime

    December 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • sayer

      I feel the same way. We dodged a bullet in 08.

      December 18, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  6. ART

    I'am very disapointed that both she and the President let themselves be bullied by a couple of sore losers i.e. Mccain ,Graham. We need to rid our selves of all grumpy old men in government i.e. Mccain,Graham they offer no solutions, and just keep us from getting the serious business of governing done. The word retire come to mind.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • jean2009

      Term limits ...Yes!

      December 15, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  7. NAM VET

    IF OB DID NOT PUT HER UP AS HIS CHIOCE AS CNN HAS SAID –WHO ELSE WOULD HAVE DONE THE DEED. OB JUST
    OR CNN JUST THREW HER UNDER THE BUS, SHE WAS AND STIILL JUST ANOTHER TO BE USED BY THIS DUDE IN THE BIG HOUSE. HE WANTS KISS ASS KERRY FOR THE JOB AS KERRY IS USED TO DISSING AMERICA AS OB HAS.
    I WILL BE BACK WITH MORE -----–OR MAYBE LET YOU THINK BEFORE YOU HAVE AN ANAL BURST OF
    WIZDOM.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • jean2009

      If they offer free brain transplants put yourself in that line.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  8. December 2012

    IT WOULD BE HILARIOUS IF SHE GETS NOMINATED ANYWAY. HANG IN THERE HILLARY, THE REPUBLICANS NEED TO BURY THEMSELVES FIRST FOR THE FISCAL CLIFF.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    December 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      HILLARY? You do not read very much. Hillary stated a long time ago that she only wanted one term.

      December 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  9. Dan B

    What are you talking about December? If we go into another recession, Obama's legacy is ruined.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • December 2012

      IF WE GO INTO RECESSION THE GOP WILL BE RUINED. SINCE WHEN DID YOU CARE ABOUT OBAMA'S LEGACY?

      December 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Caramon

      Not necessarily Dan. I do think the republicans could face the brunt of the blame. However, some recent polls suggest that it could be equal blame between the republicans and democrats. Gallop recently showed 70 percent want a balanced approach to the fiscal cliff issue. So, it is difficult to predict what will happen even before the end of the year. My guess is that the President will receive the least amount of blame if we go over the cliff.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THE POLLING ALSO INDICATES A VAST MAJORITY (ABOUT 70%) AGREE WITH RAISING THE TAX RATES FOR THE UPPER 2% BUT NO REPUBLICAN WILL (AT LEAST IN PUBLIC) AGREE TO IT YET. NOBODY WANTS TO BE 'THAT GUY' EVEN WHEN OBAMA ALREADY AGREED TO SOME CUTS ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THERE SHOULD BE MORE ROOM FOR SPENDING CUTS BUT THE LONGER THEY DRAG THEIR FEET ON REVENUE, THE LESS TIME THEY HAVE TO GET IT DONE.

        December 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
      • Caramon

        Yeah, eventually the republicans will need to agree on tax increases.

        December 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      If we go into another recession...which I doubt....and which in reality only fits Dan's hopeful/wishful thinking. I think the American people are now wise enough to understand it is those in the House, who are whining and sitting on their hands to protect the wealthy from a 3 cents on the dollar over $250,000,for which they can't find a tax write-off.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  10. Willy B.

    @Randy, San Fransisco....shouldn't you be out protesting about not being able to walk around naked? You mention hate and intolerance, yet mention "angry old white men" and "deserving black woman".....it seems that you have to go no further than the mirror to discover stereotyping.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  11. Dan B

    No guys, 50 years from now, no one is going to remember the Republicans in the House just like most people don't remember the House in the 1960s. People will go to the president and attribute this to him. This isn't immediate, but in the long run this would be a political play for Republicans.

    December 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Dan B

      Not just this either... Anything that happened, for good or bad

      December 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Caramon

      Maybe. I may even be around in 50 years to see it. But it is doubtful.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      50 YEARS FROM NOW WE COULD ALL BE SPEAKING MANDARIN AND NOT CARE.

      AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT MY FORTUNE COOKIE SAID.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • Dan B

        That was pretty good

        December 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      Sam Rayburn was Speaker of the House, in 1960...evidently not everyone has forgotten him...The Rayburn House Office Building named for him, and Lyndon Johnson...who later became president, was Majority Leader of the Senate in 1960.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:23 am |
      • Dan B

        Did you look that up? Just kidding. My only point was take Ike for example. Everyone liked him, but some of his accomplishments probably had to do with Congress- no one remembers them. One could look it up, but off the top of your head you can remember Eisenhower and what he did

        December 15, 2012 at 10:44 am |
      • jean2009

        No, Dan I lived that! Eisenhower was the facilitator behind creating the interstate highway system....his vision was keeping us at peace, and I really don't think he wanted us focused on being a military industrial complex ...which we have become. He didn't cut taxes although his party was all for him doing that. He was not always the nicest person...and I bet your booties he couldn't make his way onto a Republican ballot today.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:11 am |
      • jean2009

        BTW...I was old enough to vote in 1960 when Kennedy ran against Nixon.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • Dan B

        He couldn't have done all of that without Congress.

        December 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        No, but he didn't have a bunch of entrenched arrogant lobbyist purchased GOP whiners running the House of Representatives. He had people who had just been through the Great Depression and WWII, who were well-grounded and who wanted to rebuild and uplift this country ...not horde, reserve, and operate it only for a wealthy few

        December 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • jean2009

        And you seem to forget Sam Rayburn was a Democrat and willing to work to make this country strong again....not willing to sell it to the highest bidder.

        December 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Dan B

        That's my point jean. Sam Rayburn had a lot to do with the success, yet 50 years later most people give him no credit or even know he existed- just like Boehner in the future

        December 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • jerry

        yes LBJ played him to the hilt...then we lost over 50,000 in vietnam...LBJ has done more to harm this country than any one in the last 50 years...sick horrible man.

        December 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
      • Dan B

        Wow, maybe he wasn't so good. Either way, many people don't remember him

        December 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well Dan..... Boehner is probably irrelevant right now.... if that is your point...since it looks like he will cave on the fiscal cliff....and they will never even name a street in the capital for Boehner.

        Plus I have a feeling you won't be writing history...and this President will be remembered as far greater than your shrub idol.

        P.S. Lyndon Johnson is not forgotten for Medicare....ask any senior.

        December 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  12. Dan B

    God bless those in Connecticut right now

    December 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      What a sad day ... Now the NRA expects each 6 year old to tote a gun to protect themselves from madmen in their schools, and great-grandmothers to be packing when they attend a matinee movie. I won't be here 50 years from now.... so I hope you get it all together...and ask yourself: Is that the world you really want in your fortune cookie?

      December 15, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • jerry

        as usual another moronic comment from you.

        December 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jerry the idiot troll!

        December 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  13. Daisy

    Where are McCain and Lindsay Graham after the outrage of the shooting of children? They were vilifying Susan Rice for the Benghazi situation because there were 4 dead American diplomats. While this was a horrible incident, these were our public servants working in a dangerous part of the world voluntarily. I don't hear these two "statesmen" making any statements regarding our significant gun shooting problem and being outraged by the death of innocent children in the Newtown massacre.. Some people get pretty cowardly in their old age. Afraid of the NRA perhaps? Or perhaps just demented. Susan Rice is now out of the picture for the SoS position - I don't blame her for not wanting to deal with their nonsense – she certainly has many other other options. Our politics are shameful.

    December 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  14. jerry

    Rice...thats what you get when you play ball with a muslim like obama... and clinton isn't going to testify...now thats big news, she still hasn't fully explained Vince Fosters death and a vast amount of other horrible things in her filthy past. Now we have Kerry stepping into state...the phony scum bag. Whew, when will this end.

    December 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  15. jerry

    Rice took one for her master....sucker!

    December 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  16. Dan B

    At least she is out of the running

    December 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • jean2009

      John Kerry is a good man. I think Deval Patrick would beat Brown hands down.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • jean2009

      John Kerry is a good man. I think Deval Patrick would beat Brown hands down.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
      • Dan B

        No he isn't.

        December 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  17. Frank Marshall Davis

    Rice can now go get a cushy job with one of Obama's 1%'er pals. She'll make millions doing nothing because she took one for the team.

    December 16, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  18. Ralph Simpson

    The title says Rice not expected to get NSA post, but she was being considered for Secretary of State.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  19. Dan B

    At least I don't have to deal with John Kerry as my senator anymore.

    December 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  20. Kool-Aid Police

    Wow, so after all this back and forth for weeks she's going to end up staying in the same job, thanks a lot CNN.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:27 am |
    • jean2009

      Of course she is....didn't you know that?

      December 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  21. Hawk

    With all the anger towards Kerry regarding his testimony on Vietnam, I'm surprised at their acquiescence. He is hated by a large majority of Vets, right along with Jane Fonda. I remember McCain saying some very harsh things about Kerry.

    Rice reported what she was told to report, may have been a part of that decision. As details weren't known at the time of her press conference, it is what generations of WH spokespersons have done. Why has she been so attacked? Is it because she is a black woman?

    December 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  22. jerry

    so...what is the reason for the meeting...one more favor? Play ball with the devil and pay the price..there Mz rice.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm |