Jul 27, 2006

Condi to Play Piano at Forum; I Keep Hearing the Name "Nero"

Condoleeza Rice on Piano with cellist Yo-Yo Ma Left: Rice with cellist Yo-Yo Ma during a National Endowment for the Arts ceremony

(Kuala Lumpur) US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will perform a piano recital at this week's annual ASEAN Regional Forum.

Rice — a trained classical pianist — is expected to perform a variety of works from one of her favorite composers, who include Mozart, Brahms, and Shostakovich.

At 15 Rice performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor with the Denver Symphony Orchestra as a prize for winning a student music competition.

Four words, however, keep up an annoying effort to pop into my head right now: "Rome," "Nero," "fiddle," and "burning."


Anonymous said...

Cheap shot.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to 2002, dude. Pass the dutchie.

historymike said...

Yeah, it was kind of a cheap shot, but I couldn't resist.

Stephanie said...

Yeah, it is a bit of a cheap shot, but still...point well made. Besides, now I know something about Condi Rice that I was unlikely to learn elsewhere, thank you.

McCaskey said...

Not a cheap shot at all. In fact, dead-on accurate.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Condi is marking time waiting for the whole Israel Hezbollah thing to blow either up or over, it's still too early to tell which.

Seriously though, what does the world expect the U.S. to do about the situation, besides feigning much concern?

historymike said...

I keep thinking Colin Powell was a better broker of deals, and he has much higher credibility than Rice.

However, my biggest beef is that Bush and Co. should have been more proactive in getting the two sides to the bargaining table. There was a window after the first kidnapping (Gilad Shalit) when Bush and Rice could have demanded both sides to sit down.

Unfortunately, we have backed Hamas into a corner with our efforts to cut off their money to run the government of Palestine, and we steadfastly refuse to even engage in discourse with Hezbollah.

It's funny (but sad) that the "peace talks" in Rome did not include Israel, Syria, Iran, Palestine, Hamas, or Hezbollah - the parties most directly involved in the warfare.

The closest we could get to actual "players" were representatives of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Indeed, holding peace talks, without the combatants present is sheer foolishness...