Ambassador Susan Rice is currently at the top of Joe Biden's shortlist for Vice-President. It's not hard to see why. She established a good working relationship with Biden during the Obama Administration, and she has been at the table during the most pressing international crises of the past 30 years. She talk about her family’s unique American story and how playing peacekeeper during her parents troubled marriage made her grow up fast but also prepared her for a life in international diplomacy. She recalls her baptism of fire when she joined the Clinton administration and immediately got thrown into the deep end with back-to-back crises in Somalia and Rwanda. She describes the US Embassy bombings in 1998 as the hardest day in her career, her contentious relationship with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and how she became the public face of the 2012 Embassy attack in Benghazi. Plus she speculates on what might be behind Trump's cozy relationship with Russia, she says that in her experience Vladimir Putin is a creep and a pig, and she talks about her famous moves on the dance floor.
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