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What's a Guy Gotta Do to Get a Coffee Around Here?

September 16, 2005

Bill O’Reilly interviews Condoleeza Rice. We pick up as they discuss the harsh conditions FOX correspondents must face in Baghdad.

O’REILLY: Yeah, but the truth of the matter is, that our correspondents here at FOX News can’t go out for a cup of coffee in Baghdad.

RICE: No. But the people…

O’REILLY: That’s tough — that’s tough!

RICE: No, it’s tough. But would they have wanted to go out for a cup of coffee in Baghdad when Saddam Hussein was in power? I don’t think so.

O’REILLY: No, no. I mean where are the Starbucks? What kind of client state is this? Our guys are sayin’ they can’t even find a bacon double cheeseburger outside the green zone.

RICE: Bill, if you’d ever tasted an Iraqi bacon double cheeseburger when Saddam was in power, you’d have a better idea just how good things really are. To answer your deeper question as to what kind of client state is this; it’s a fledgling one. You know we are well on the way to establishing a loyal and dependent military arm, with the training of the police and national guard. Once the military component is in place, then we can work on training Iraqis to prepare your grande, 2%, light-whip, triple, 2 pump mocha. As the—

O’REILLY: Oh yeah, baby, you know what I like—

RICE: Well. As my husb— er… the President says, “it’s hard work.” But it is plain that we are making good progress.

O’REILLY: Of course, but it’s hard for the American people to know that when our guys don’t have ready access to cappuccino to get the juices flowing. C’mon, get some commerce in there. Starbucks, McDonalds, hell anything. Send in a guy with a hot dog cart. That’s something that we could show the people— that’ll drown out the relentless anti-Bush media — “this is the most anti — the press is the most anti Bush press I’ve ever seen in any administration, perhaps with the exception of Nixon.”— but something like that will make the people feel like we’ve accomplished something worthwhile — support what we’ve done over there.

RICE: Absolutely, Bill. We’re working on it.

O’REILLY: Thank you for coming into the no-spin zone. We appreciate it.

RICE: Thanks. Love being with you.

FOX News: The O’Reilly Factor – Interview – Transcript: Rice Talks to O’Reilly
Discovered at Think Progress: With “Last Throes” Debunked, Rice Unveils “The Latte Defense”

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