In his soon-to-be-released biography of Condoleezza Rice, Washington Post correspondent Glenn Kessler says the Secretary of State "has worked hard to soften her edges." The reporter reveals a colorful anecdote when Rice went ballistic on a "minimum wage" jewelry store clerk:
Coit Blacker, a Stanford professor who is one of the secretary of state's closest friends, recalls going into a shop where Rice asked to see earrings. The clerk showed her costume jewelry. Rice asked to see something nicer, prompting the clerk to whisper some sass under her breath.
Blacker remembers Rice tearing the woman to shreds.
"Let's get one thing straight," he recalls her saying. "You are behind the counter because you have to work for minimum wage. I'm on this side asking to see the good jewelry because I make considerably more."
A manager quickly brought Rice better baubles.
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