Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for a recent interview and described a "really strange" meeting she had in 2008 with former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed last week in his hometown of Sirte.
ABC News relays the discussion:
"What was going through my head was 'How long do I have to sit here and how quickly can I get out of here?' You know, it was funny because when he said, 'I have a video for you,' I thought, 'Oh my goodness, what is this going to be?' But it was actually just a bunch of pictures of me with Vladimir Putin, me with Hu Jin Tao," [Rice] told me. "And then he said, 'I have Libya’s best composer, most famous composer write this song for you,' and it was called Black Flower in the White House," she told me, calling the scrapbook "eerie."
It's not Rice's first mention of the "eerie" obsession that Gaddafi seemed to have with her. In a recent advance excerpt of her book, "No Higher Honor," Rice writes that her first trip to Libya was preceded by Gaddafi "asking visitors why his 'African princess' wouldn't visit him." In her book, she also describes the personal song that had been composed for her as "weird" but not "raunchy."
Rice's personal descriptions of her own encounters with Gaddafi aren't the only evidence that the Libyan leader may have been infatuated with her. When rebels raided Gaddafi's compound in August, they found a photo album filled with pictures of her.
More of ABC News' interview with Rice will be aired Oct. 31 on "Nightline" and on "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning. Rice's book, "No Higher Honor," is set to hit bookshelves Nov. 1.
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