On the Plane

Archive: Rice in Russia and Middle East, October 2007

Rice's Diplomatic 'No Spin' Zone?

CAIRO, Oct. 16--From a reporter's perspective, one of the best things about traveling with Condoleezza Rice is the unusual face time you get with the secretary of state. It's certainly better than the extremely limited access reporters have to President Bush on his forays abroad. Rice's aides say she is...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | October 16, 2007; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (3)

False Alarm Frenzy

RAMALLAH, West Bank--On our way to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's meeting with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas Monday morning, reporters were treated to a quick lesson in the pitfalls of instant global communications. Rice's motorcade was about to leave Israel and drive into the West Bank. Suddenly, and unexpectedly,...

By Washington Post editors | October 15, 2007; 08:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Name, and Not Much to Say Either

JERUSALEM -- This evening, your traveling press corps received a visit from one of the most popular and ubiquitous figures in American diplomacy: Senior State Department Official. Around 9:30 p.m. local time, a seemingly friendly and affable person, wearing blue jeans and looking tired, plopped himself into an armchair in...

By Post Editor | October 14, 2007; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (24)

Peppering Rice With Questions on Mideast Peace

I am writing this as we are flying from Moscow to Jerusalem, a roughly four-hour flight. There will be a small change in time zones (two hours) and a big change in subject matter, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice switches from the nuances of missile defense and arms control...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | October 14, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Getting to Know the Diplomatic Bubble

MOSCOW, Oct. 13 -- Good afternoon. This is my first installment of the On the Plane blog, a periodic look at what it's like to travel with the president and secretary of state. As a White House reporter for the Post, I usually travel with President Bush, but I...

By washingtonpost.com Editor | October 13, 2007; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (2)


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