Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced a difficult audience of students at a dorm reception yesterday at Stanford, where she's lately gone back to teaching. A few awkward exchanges were caught on video by student Reyna Garcia (watch after the jump).
First, a young man tries to compare U.S. treatment of German prisoners of war during WWII to treatment of detainees at Guantanamo, and Condi gets all finger-waggin defensive about the fact that the Nazis never made it to U.S. soil to kill 3,000 Americans in the Twin Towers, and how Guantanamo was deemed a "model medium security prison" by the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Then, another guy pipes up and says, "So I read a report recently... that you're the one who authorized torture." And she snaps, "Oh is that what you read?" and he corrects himself and says, "I mean waterboarding..." and she ends up having to say, "I didn't authorize anything." Anyway, no huge revelations here, except it's fascinating to see Condi put in the position of responding to a bunch of twenty-year-olds without a Press Secretary to protect her.