THE WORLDPOST
10/21/2011 03:01 pm ET Updated Dec 21, 2011

Gaddafi Dead: Condoleezza Rice Remembers Colonel In Memoir

The Daily Beast has published an exclusive excerpt from the upcoming memoir of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, No Higher Honor. In the excerpt, Rice recalls a trip she made to Libya in 2008.

Rice writes that Gaddafi desperately wanted her to visit, possibly for personal reasons more than diplomatic.

From The Daily Beast:

There were two reasons for this: one traditional and the other, well, a little disconcerting. Obviously, the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state since 1953 would be a major milestone on the country's path to inter- national acceptability. But Gaddafi also had a slightly eerie fascination with me personally, asking visitors why his "African princess" wouldn't visit him.

I decided to ignore the latter and dwell on the former to prepare for the trip. The arrangements were not easy, with all manner of Libyan demands, including that I meet the leader in his tent. Needless to say, I declined the invitation and met him in his formal residence.

During her visit, Rice also notes that Gaddafi showed her a videotape with a "quite innocent collection of photos of me with world leaders ... set to the music of a song called 'Black Flower in the White House.'" Rice writes, "It was weird, but at least it wasn't raunchy."

Gaddafi's admiration for Rice is well-documented. In 2007, Gaddafi told Al Jazeera that he supported his "darling black African woman," according to a translation from The Guardian. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders...Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. I love her very much. I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin," Gaddafi reportedly said.

Rice's famous 2008 trip to Libya was the first visit of a high ranking U.S. official to the Mediterranean nation since 1953. Gaddafi reportedly showered Rice with gifts during her time in Libya -- including a diamond ring in a wooden box, a lute with an accompanying DVD, and a locket with Gaddafi's own picture inside, according to a State Department report.

No Higher Honor will go on sale November 2, 2011.