The risks are manifold. The challenges, some might say, insurmountable. Pressing for a Palestinian state and an Arab-Israeli peace. Stability in Iraq. The puzzle of Iran. Strengthening America's shaky standing in the world.
As a child of the segregated South, Rice has leaped tall hurdles. But much remains in her way, including baggage from her own record in the Bush administration.
This hour, On Point: Condoleezza Rice's bid for history.Guests:
Elisabeth Bumiller, Washington reporter for The New York Times and author of "Condoleezza Rice: An American Life."
This program aired on December 12, 2007.