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Condoleezza Rice on Families & Children

Secretary of State


I didn't start out not to get married & have kids

As far as her social life, friends say she was able to squeeze in a date or 2 during her tenure as the National Security Advisor and the Secretary of State. However, the time and availability of single, educated, and financially stable black men has been scarce at the top of the Hill.

"She was never interested in having children," says a close friend. "Part of the reason for getting married is companionship, and the other part is to have a family. If you take away the family piece of it, then perhaps it's not as urgent to get married."

When asked if she ever felt "obligated to continue the [Rice} bloodline," she said, "You mean, did I ever want kids? No. I think maybe it's because I'm an only child. I like children, but especially when they're 18. I didn't start out not to get married and have children. I don't regret that I couldn't pass on some of my genes, which sounds so incredibly narcissistic, but that I couldn't pass on some of the opportunities."

Source: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by L. Montgomery, p.193-195 , Mar 7, 2007

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