Rice Calls Obama Win 'Important Step Forward'
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the highest-ranking African American in the Bush administration, today promised to do all she could to ensure a smooth transition for President-elect Barack Obama and said she was "especially proud" that the Illinois Democrat would become first black U.S. president.
Rice told reporters Obama's victory was "inspirational" and said Republican John McCain was "gracious" in defeat.
"This is a country that's been through a long journey in terms of overcoming wrongs and not making race the factor in our lives," Rice said. "That work is not done, but yesterday was obviously an important step forward."
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November 5, 2008; 11:54 AM ET
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