Just in time for inauguration coverage, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor.
Rice, who served as secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s second term, made her debut on “Face the Nation” Sunday and will be included in inauguration coverage on Monday.
CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes made the announcement Sunday, saying Rice “will use her insight and vast experience to explore issues facing America at home and abroad.”
Rice was the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state, following Colin Powell in the office. She was Bush’s national security adviser during his first term and worked on the National Security Council under his father, President George H.W. Bush.
As secretary of state, Rice warned of weapons of mass destruction in pressing for war in Iraq that killed more than 4,400 Americans. No weapons of mass destruction were found.
More recently, Rice was part of the team offering Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney general strategy and advice on foreign policy.
Her primetime speech at the Republican National Convention in August received raves. She did not mention President Barack Obama by name, but spoke of the crisis in education and the need for immigration laws that protect the country’s borders while meeting economic needs. She also said that although there was a sense that for far too long America has carried the burdens of supporting free people and free markets, but that if the United States does not lead no one will lead, fostering chaos.
“Saturday Night Live” wasted no time in tackling the pair of scandals that transcended the sports world last week, using its cold-opening sketch to skewer both Lance Armstrong’s doping confession and the hoax involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o and his fake dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.
Armstrong, played by Jason Sudeikis, sat down for an interview with Piers Morgan, played by fellow cast member Taran Killam.
“It wasn’t really all that sophisticated, Piers,” Sudeikis’ Armstrong said of his drug use. “All I actually did was steroids, testosterone, human growth hormone, EPO and I replaced all of my blood with better blood.”
“Is that sophisticated? You know, I don’t know,” he continued. “Is it cheating? Maybe. Am I sorry I did it? Yes … ish. P.S. No.”
Armstrong added: “The most important thing is I never, ever called anyone a fat bitch.”
Manti Te’o, played by “SNL’s” Bobby Moynihan, told Morgan he was devastated by the hoax.
“It’s even more devastating for my girlfriend Lennay,” he said. “A couple months ago, she called me up on the phone and was like ‘Hey, I have some bad news: I’m dead.’ And I said ‘Oh no! Do you need a ride to the funeral?’”
To close the sketch, Kate McKinnon revived her Jodie Foster impersonation to try to explain the actress’ bizarre speech at last week’s Golden Globes.
“Allow me to set the record straight once and for all,” she said. “I’m going to set the record straight–loud and proud right? Here we go. I am gaaame for anything.”
She continued: “Also, I am officially a Leslie Nielsen fan. I just thought you all should know that. Oh, and I’m obsessed with ‘Girls’ the show. I just love the show. That is such a giant weight off my lesbian chest.”