ABC News' Genevieve Kermani reports:
President Obama is scheduled to meet with Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the Oval Office this afternoon.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton said President Obama is meeting with Rice today to discuss a “wide range foreign policy issues,” during their private closed-door meeting Oval Office meeting that is expected to last over a brief 30 minute period.
Burton said the President wanted to meet with Rice while she is in town promoting her new book because he could not attend the book party scheduled for later today.
Rice is in Washington D.C. today celebrating the October 11th release of her new memoir, "Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me," which entails her journey starting in Birmingham, Ala. during the civil rights movement, to her days at the White House as Secretary of State.
In an interview with ABC’s Christine Kearney, Rice said her second of a two-series book collection is due next year and will focus on her political life.
Condoleezza Rice was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and served as the second woman to hold this position, following Madeleine Albright. She was also President Bush’s National Security Adviser during his first term.
A White House official says that during their private meeting, Rice presented Mr. and Mrs. Obama with a copy of her new book, as well as a young adult version of the book for the President’s two daughters.