Written by Flavia Krause-Jackson in New York
Even after a bruising week on Capitol Hill ducking cameras, Susan Rice has kept her voice alive on Twitter.
Today was no exception.
As @ambassadorrice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations branded the world body’s recognition of Palestine as an observer state “unfortunate & counterproductive.” With her trademark bluntness, she typed:
“Progress towards a just & lasting two-state solution cannot be made by pressing a green voting button in NY.’
and: “Long after the votes have been cast & speeches forgotten, it’s the Palestinians & Israelis who must still talk – and listen – to each other. ”
At one time disdainful of Twitter, the aspiring secretary of state is a convert to the micro-blogging site, where she has more followers than @VP Joe Biden and three times the number of that other famous Rice, Condoleezza.
The controversy surrounding her infamous Sept. 16 comments about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Beghazi, Libya, has only boosted her popularity, and she now is edging toward the 230,000 mark.
Online — as in real life — she has fans as well as haters.
The 140-character limit on Twitter lends itself to Rice’s own personal style.
“I guess you could say I’m plainspoken,” she told her Stanford alumni magazine in an interview in January 2000. “I can be diplomatic when I have to be. But I don’t have a lot of patience for B.S.”
Disgusted that Russia and China prevented the #UN Security Council from fulfilling its sole purpose, she typed furiously off her BlackBerry after a double veto on Syria. The so-called referendum yesterday in #Syria was clearly a sham, she wrote about President Bashar al-Assad’s efforts to address the unrest.
She has tweeted around the world. On a surprise visit to Libya, she said: #Libyan #women kick butt. On a trip to Kenya with colleagues from the Security Council, she told the Somali president: “get your act together.”
Still, her missives are not all about work.
At the end of the Jazz Day concert at the UN with Stevie Wonder, she mused:
“The General Assembly Hall has never been so cool and may never be again. #JazzDay”
Some are even intensely personal, such as the message on Jan. 27, when she gave her deceased father, Emmett Rice, a shout-out about a movie night. She tweeted: “My family & I saw #RedTails last weekend. Riveting, action-packed & moving film. Made me even more proud of my late Dad, a Tuskegee Airman.”