Muammar Qaddafi Tried to Get Condoleezza Rice Into His Tent

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

The Daily Beast just so happened to have an exclusive book excerpt from Condoleezza Rice's forthcoming memoir all teed up in time for Muammar Qaddafi's death, in which she remembers meeting the dictator, who was a huge, longtime fan of the woman he called his "darling black African woman." Rice delicately refers to it as a "slightly eerie fascination." Anyway, it seems the dictator wasn't about to let the opportunity to get his crush alone escape him.

"The arrangements were not easy, with all manner of Libyan demands, including that I meet the leader in his tent," she writes. "Needless to say, I declined the invitation and met him in his formal residence."

But later, she softened her stance.

It was Ramadan at the time of my visit, and after sundown the “Brother Leader” insisted that I join him for dinner in his private kitchen. Colby Cooper, who had overseen the arrangements for the trip, protested that this hadn’t been the plan. My security detail did as well, especially when they were told to stay outside. I thought I could take care of myself and went in. At the end of dinner, Qaddafi told me that he’d made a videotape for me. Uh oh, I thought, what is this going to be? It was a quite innocent collection of photos of me with world leaders—President Bush, Vladimir Putin, Hu Jintao, and so on—set to the music of a song called “Black Flower in the White House,” written for me by a Libyan composer. It was weird, but at least it wasn’t raunchy.

Puzzled relief: exactly the reaction he was hoping for, I'm sure.

When Condi Met Gaddafi [Daily Beast]