Rice, 48, was born in Washington, D.C., to scholar parents who were themselves involved in policy circles. Her father, Emmett Rice, was the second black governor of the Federal Reserve System; her mother, Lois Dickson Fitt, is an education expert at the Brookings Institution.
Rice received a degree in history at Stanford University in 1986 and attended Oxford before becoming a foreign policy aide to former Democratic Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis during his 1988 presidential run against George H.W. Bush.
In 1993 she joined the administration of President Clinton, serving at the National Security Council. She held various positions, including director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping, special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs.
She was a policy adviser during the genocide in Rwanda and also at a time when the Clinton administration was determining how to handle the emergence of al-Qaeda as a terror threat.
Following the election of Republican George W. Bush, Rice joined Brookings in 2002 as a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development program, where she offered analyses on failing states and global hunger.
In 2004 she served as an adviser to the presidential campaign of John Kerry.
In 2008 she was asked to advise then-Sen. Barack Obama on foreign policy matters.
In January 2009, Rice was confirmed President Obama's permanent representative to the United Nations.
She is insider born and bred. As such, she has no concept whatever of the real world outside the beltline and how it operates. She demonstrates what I call the "Marie Antoinette" syndrome, her every waking moment clouded by a sheltered and pampered elitist view of the world. As a result, I would recommend extreme caution in appointing her to any post in which she would be representing the American People.
She has been a foreign policy advisor for many high-powered politicians. That's not good. Anyone with eyes can see the mess our foreign policy is today, and if Susan Rice had anything at all to do with any of it, I wouldn't let her anywheres near a position of authority in our foreign affairs.
Anytime you see that a person has been "educated" at Harvard, or Yale, or Oxford, or Stanford, institutions of that level which only the privileged and the connected are allowed to attend, you can bet money that wherever they go and whatever they are into is not going to benefit you in any way.