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Restoring the Soul of America

November 16, 2020 by  
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Restoring the Soul of America

Susan Rice has spent a lifetime fighting to defend and uphold the country’s values, and is standing strong for Joe Biden in his bid to become the 46th President of the United States.


Ambassador Susan Rice is a highly skilled and accomplished diplomat with a wealth of experience fighting for American values. As Ambassador to the United Nations and National Security Advisor to President Obama, she rep

Susan Rice
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, Friends of the LBJ Library hosted a discussion with Susan E. Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. | LBJ Library photo by Jay Godwin 11/20/2019

resented the best of America. She has strived to use public service as a channel for making the world, and our country, fairer and more just. Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for issues like mitigating climate change, reducing global poverty and promoting gender equality.

During the Obama Administration, Rice was one of the President’s most trusted advisors — and as UN Ambassador, was the first Black woman to represent the United States at the United Nations. In that role, she drew on her wealth of diplomatic experience championing human rights and democracy across the globe. In President Obama’s second term, she became the head of the President’s National Security Council, and oversaw the Administration’s national security and foreign policy agenda.

Ambassador Rice’s background in government and foreign affairs runs deep. She grew up in Washington, D.C., the daughter of an economics professor and an education policy scholar. After receiving an undergraduate degree in history from Stanford, Rice was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and earned her Master’s degree and Ph.D in International Relations at Oxford University.

She worked as a foreign policy aide and consultant before becoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the Clinton Administration in 1997. At 32 years old, she was the youngest Assistant Secretary in our country’s history. As Assistant Secretary, she shaped American foreign policy for 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and managed over 5,000 foreign service employees stationed at over 40 embassies on the continent. It was during her Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing for that role when then-Senator Joe Biden vouched for her. Since then, Ambassador Rice has worked closely with Vice President Biden in a variety of roles — culminating as the Obama Administration’s National Security Advisor.

Throughout her decades-long career working in government, Ambassador Rice has promoted, both here and abroad, American values like equality and progress. She embodied those values through her hard work and perseverance. And it is those values that drove her to become a vocal advocate for change following four years of President Donald Trump. She believes Joe Biden should be president.

Throughout the campaign, Ambassador Rice has expressed dismay at President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and how he has repeatedly stoked the flames of racial division. Ambassador Rice has become outspoken in her support of the Vice President and her desire to see America led by someone who is competent and compassionate. Through hard work, she believes our country can recover from this challenging period. To Ambassador Rice, Joe Biden will be the President that will uphold the American values she has spent her career fighting to defend and uphold.

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