Susan Rice has been called a lot of names. She was nicknamed "Spo" as a child, for her sporting athletic abilities. President Barack Obama labeled her one of three "Furies" on his national security team. One TV commentator called her "the right's favorite chew-toy," following her now infamous round of TV talk shows days after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Just this weekend, President Donald Trump tweeted that Rice was a "disaster" for her role in the Obama administration's Syria policy. And, as we learn in her new autobiography, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, she has been called worse.
Now, Rice defines herself in the new book — as proud descendant of slaves and immigrants; as imperfect daughter, wife and mother; as dedicated public servant under President Bill Clinton, as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and as national security advisor to President Obama.
Rice will be in Atlanta this week for a conversation with Stacey Abrams. That event, hosted by A Cappella Books, takes place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts.
First, she joined On Second Thought to discuss the tough love she received, the lessons she learned through childhood and her career, as well as pressing questions in the current landscape of foreign affairs and national security.
"Every administration, Democratic or Republican, has faced tough issues and none of them get them all right," Rice said. "By definition, everybody makes mistakes. The more responsible leaders acknowledge those mistakes and try to learn from them."
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