Dr. Susan Rice « Back Next »

US Ambassador to the United Nations

“I learned a lot from my time as Assistant Secretary for African Affairs. One of the things I learned at that time was patience…well, at least I ended up with more than when I started. I began recognizing that the best way to get from A to Z was not always in a straight line…sometimes you need to tack and adjust. Sometimes you have to slow down to bring as many people along as possible. We saw two examples of strategic patience today in the Security Council. My gut was telling me to jump in right at the beginning, pile on the table, and say what I’m going to say. Instead, I decided to let everybody else speak, hang back in conscious restraint, and then very calmly and almost gingerly try to get our position across.”

(page 283)