. June 21, 2005 SouthAmerica: My uncle returned to Brazil yesterday after visiting the United States the last 2 weeks. He stayed in my house for a few days and we had the chance to talk about what is going on in Brazil. Over the weekend I asked him a question. I did not say anything before, when I asked him what the average Brazilian thinks regarding US Secretary of State Condi Rice. He told me that the only way he could picture her was dressed in a bikini and playing the drums for a block of dancing girls during Carnival time in Brazil. I was not surprised by his honest answer. And I bet most people in Latin America would agree with my unclesâ opinion. (Most people respected Colin Powell because of his credentials.) When George W. Bush nominated Condi Rice.as his Secretary of State I did post the following information on the PBS message board: State Department: Condi Rice Credentials: Very good Pianist. Main goal for the coming 4 years: Entertain the major leaders of the world with pieces by Choppin, Mozart, and so onâ¦.. She might expand her road show and start also singing and dancing to become a more complete entertainer. *** âBush names hawkish Rice top U.S. diplomatâ Today, a number of cable television news has mentioned Condolleezza Riceâs credentials to become the new Secretary of State. They mentioned that: 1) She is an accomplished pianist. And 2) She is a very good skater. Now I understand why she was chosen to be the new Secretary of State, she will perform for audiences around the world. They did not say if she also could sing or dance. George W. Bush is hiring an entertainer for the position of US Secretary of State. What kind of music she will perform when she goes to the Middle East to meet with Arab officials? Rap? How she will use her high qualifications as a pianist and as a skater to solve the problems around the world. When everything else fails, as a last resort Americans always go to show business; usually song and dance. If that was the credentials for the Secretary of State position, then why George W. Bush did not choose someone with more talent? I know he could not choose Catherine Zeta-Jones because she is a native of another country. But even Madonna would have been a better choice since she has more prestige and talent than Condolleezza Rice. The US Secretary of State position is one of the most important cabinet positions in the US government. The Secretary of State is the number one international face of the US. It is a very though job for anyone by the nature of the beast. Today, that job is even harder to handle than before, because of the international policies adopted by the Bush administration, the US is hated around the world even by the United States usual allies. The people around the world donât hate the American people. They hate the current Bush administration. It is not the right time to put a black woman in charge of US foreign policy (unless if you are a Jackass.) It is time to nominate the best diplomat that the US has available today for that job. Someone with similar credentials as James A. Baker III â just in case he is not interested in that radioactive job. In my opinion, today we have an epidemic of âMediocrityâ going on in the US government in Washington DC. .