Rice served as national security adviser during Bush’s first term before the president nominated her to serve as secretary of State after his reelection, replacing Colin Powell. Bush had just defeated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for the presidency, and Rice writes that during her confirmation hearing, Kerry “launched on a long rhetorical journey through most of the points he’d made during the campaign.”
She noted at one point it was just her, Kerry and one other senator in the room.
“After having testified for nearly nine hours, I was exhausted and ready to go home,” Rice recalls of Kerry’s statement, “but I kept telling myself that this was really about him, not about me.”