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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Condi's a Dyke — And the Folks at FOX News Know It

File under: Things that make you go "hmmm":

<bold><bigger>Condi’s Cable Love Connection

</bigger></bold><fontfamily><param>Arial</param>After a grueling day
of diplomatic affairs, <bold>Condoleezza Rice</bold> could probably
use an affair of her own. But things must be pretty grim if even Fox
News feels compelled to hook her up. Not surprisingly, the blog world
is abuzz this week after a recent interview in which Fox correspondent
<bold>James Rosen</bold> lobbied the defiantly single Secretary of
State on the charms of a comely female colleague.

The odd interchange aired last Tuesday, when Rice sat down with Rosen
for an interview in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Rosen opened the
conversation with a few softball questions about <bold>President
Aristide</bold> and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But he closed it with an
impassioned testimonial on behalf of <italic>Fox & Friends</italic>
anchor <bold>Lauren Green</bold>, a thirtysomething former Miss
Minnesota who’s apparently a big fan of the Secretary’s. An excerpt:

<bold>ROSEN:</bold> … All right. I close with a gift for you. You met
this person once, I believe, but you really, I think, ought to know
each other because this woman is… I think you’ll have an interest in
knowing her. She is one of our Fox News anchors in New York. Her name
is Lauren Green. She is brilliant, she’s beautiful, she’s
African-American, she’s single and she’s a concert pianist in her
spare time.

<bold>RICE:</bold> My goodness.

<bold>ROSEN:</bold> And she asked me to give you her CD and I promised
her that I would.

<bold>RICE:</bold> That’s perfect.

<bold>ROSEN:</bold> And here’s her doing a number of different
classical pieces.

<bold>RICE:</bold> Well, that’s special.

<bold>ROSEN:</bold> So there you have it.

<bold>RICE:</bold> Thank her very much and I look forward to seeing
her sometime.

<bold>ROSEN:</bold> All right. She’s going to want to hear from you.

<bold>RICE:</bold> And maybe even playing dual piano sometime.

Not surprisingly, the curious exchange left many wondering if the wry
reporter was trying to set Rice up on a date. But when we called to
ask if he was trying to play matchmaker, Rosen insisted “nothing could
be further from the truth…What I meant to say is that the two of them
have a lot in common.” The veteran correspondent, who has frequently
accompanied Rice on overseas trips, added, “I would never presume to
deal at all with Secretary Rice’s personal life.”

Though Rice hasn’t been publicly linked with anyone since she stepped
out with football player-turned-actor <bold>Gene Washington</bold> in
the late 1980s, State Department spokesman <bold>Edgar Vasquez</bold>
dismisses online speculation about a Sapphic set-up. “I wouldn’t read
anything into that,” he counseled when we called him yesterday.
Vasquez says there is no date set for Rice’s proposed rendezvous to
tickle the ivories with Green, but adds, “I don’t think she’d be
averse to meeting her. Whether there’s time and her schedule opens up,
that’s a different thing.”


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