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Condi Rice Shops 'Til She... Jets Off

Before flying off to the Mideast Donors conference in Paris, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - and two black SUVs full of diplomatic security agents - popped into Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase, Md., Saturday for a little holiday shopping spree. And now we know how the sartorially savvy Rice gets all that shopping done without the paparazzi, as it were in sleepy Washington, mauling her: she's a member of "the Club" at Saks, where VIP clients can shop and try on clothes without the commoners and gossip informants seeing (and then reporting) their every move.

Rice shopped in the St. John boutique in Saks and perused the sales racks on the second floor before heading to the privacy of the club to try on various items. We're not sure what she left with for herself, as a predictably stodgy spokesman for the department store declined to comment, but we're told by a well-placed source in the store that the president's top diplomat didn't buy any shoes.

(Shoes are what got Rice in trouble in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She took a lot of flak from various news organizations - and later from movie director Spike Lee - for reports that she binged on shoes at the ultra chic Ferragamo store on 5th Ave. in New York. Gawker reported that she was accosted by an angry shopper who questioned Rice's spending spree in light of the devastation wrought by Katrina. But our colleague Glenn Kessler reports in his book "The Confidante" that while Rice admitted the ill-timed visit to Ferragamo, she denied she was accosted.)

While we couldn't verify with the Saks spokesman, we're told Condi left with some very expensive products likely intended as gifts - no doubt, one of them for her dear friend Laura Bush. Let's just say, if it's what we think it is... the first lady will enjoy (carrying) it.


By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 17, 2007; 6:54 PM ET
 
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Comments

Instead of keying on Rice spending her own money - why don't you follow a couple of CODELS around?

Do some sleuthing and see how much of OUR money is wasted - and how the actual costs are hidden....

Posted by: Fedup | December 17, 2007 8:57 PM | Report abuse

She's protected by the Diplomatic Security Service, the law enforcement arm of the State Department ... not the Secret Service.

Hmmmm, maybe better work on the "sleuth" moniker.

Posted by: y'allmessedupagain | December 17, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hi Mary, How about profiling a Marine who did zero holdiay shopping this year because he is stationed in the middle of an Iraqi desert?

Posted by: Glenn | December 17, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Nobody, but nobody can shop like Albright. Rice is a rookie compared to the former SecState.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 17, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

It never ceases to amaze me how good our elected officials and their underlings feel they need to look, even as they do a terrible job in their duties to the nation!

Posted by: Carl | December 18, 2007 1:57 AM | Report abuse

That's Condie for you: all style, little substance, no competence.

Posted by: Jimmy | December 18, 2007 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Little Ms. Condi never misses a shopping op. but Always misses on foreign policy and the fact that she never acted on the terror memo prior to 9/11................

Posted by: mappy | December 18, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I agree with "mappy" above. Condi's great at shopping and has a fabulous wardrobe, but it's just a shame she and her husband, Dubya, didn't follow up on that infamous Presidential Daily Briefing. No 9/11, no War, and of course, no accountability.

Posted by: Jude | December 18, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, members of crime families are usually well dressed.

Posted by: Jim | December 18, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

what do they want from ms.rice. She's smarter than the lot of them.

Posted by: h.tanenbaum | December 18, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

She came, she shopped, she purchased! She is obviously a Bushy! They like to come in and shop around and spend all the money on things that will never amount to anything (Iraq,torture,lies,no bid contracts).

Posted by: Joe | December 18, 2007 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Rather than spend your time plagiarizing tidbits from the Style section of the Washington Post, why not divulge things that are going on between the House and Senate on meaningful things like appropriations.

This Style Section stuff may be good for getting giggles at the DC restaurants, but it does little to serve the interests of journalism.

Posted by: Riley | December 18, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree - all style, little substance, no competence - so what do we do now that we know the State Department is rudderless?

Posted by: Bear | December 19, 2007 12:34 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: votenic | December 19, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it, while Condi is one of the most savvy shoppers and dressers in an administration since Jacki Kennedy, who out there can name even one positive accomplishment that she can put on a resume as she looks for a new job next year?

Posted by: Sissy | December 19, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why is an issue what the Secretary of State did regarding Hurricane Katrina? Perhaps Spike knows better, but the last time I checked, the Constitution our Secretary of State didn't have any responsibility for domestic matters - such as hurricane recovery (with or without shoes). That is kind domestic stuff is what the Governors and Mayors get elected to do...oops...Oh, I get it. Since the Governor and Mayor were both Dems, it JUST HAD TO BE a republicans fault. Sorry. Forgot I was reading the Post.

Posted by: johnste3 | December 20, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I do not think it is professional or fair journalism or good taste to constantly refer to Secretary of State Rice as 'Condi'. President Bush has legitimized that moniker to folks who don't respect the office of the Secretary, the person, the female, the African American or whatever. Can't we rise above President Bush?

Posted by: Phyllis Wofford | December 20, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Gonzalez is spelled with two zs not an s.
It's easier to buy wht you're writing when you spell things correctly. At least that's how the White House spells it.
Good Luck!
TW

Posted by: Tracy Will | January 2, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

wht? haha

Posted by: TW's mom | January 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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