Qaddafi Left Behind His Condoleezza Rice Photo Album

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi (R) meets with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) in Tripoli on September 5, 2008. Rice arrived in Libya today on the first such visit in more than half a century, marking a new chapter in Washington's reconciliation with the former enemy state. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: MAHMUD TURKIA/2008 AFP

When Libyan rebels found themselves in Muammar Qaddafi's room, they discovered standard dictator collectibles — a gold chain, a gold scepter, a fancy hat — but they also ended up with a more offbeat keepsake. In the retreating Libyan leader's Bab al-Aziziya compound was a photo album "filled with page after page of pictures of Condoleezza Rice." The former U.S. Secretary of State was long a favorite of Qaddafi, who called her his "darling black African woman" and cooed "Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much." The pair shared a dinner to break the Ramadan fast as late as 2008.

The bound book of Condi-worship features full-page glossy photos and smaller snapshots; pictures of confused-looking Libyan rebels flipping through it bring a unique sense of joy. But do you think John McCain is jealous?

In the ruins of Gadhafi's lair, rebels find album filled with photos of his 'darling' Condoleezza Rice [MSNBC]