ABC News' Kirit Radia reports:
It appears Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi has a secret crush: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The problem for him is it’s no longer a secret.
According to the Associated Press, Libyan rebels who have overrun Gadhafi’s compound in Tripoli have found a photo book that prominently features the former top American diplomat. The collection of photos looks like one a pre-teen girl might have compiled with Justin Bieber pictures of Rice at the podium and meeting with foreign dignitaries.
Rice’s office had no immediate comment on the find.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, when asked about the bizarre and creepy scrapbook, replied that she hadn’t seen the reports but said, “I think I don't need to see the photos, but bizarre and creepy are good adjectives to describe much of Gadhafi's behavior.”
Maybe Rice should have seen this coming. In a 2007 interview with Al Jazeera, Gadhafi waxed poetic about the former top American diplomat.
“Leezza, Leezza, Leezza … I love her very much,” he said.
When the two finally met a year later, in his famed tent that was set up inside the very compound now being ransacked and where the photo book was found, he reportedly gave her a diamond ring and a locket with his image etched inside.
Maybe Rice was smart to stand so far away from the Libyan leader in this photo taken during her historic visit to Tripoli.