SECRETARY RICE: ...But the other thing is that you do want to show off American culture. And some of the furniture, some of the early American furniture makers and the steel – the pewter work that was done in the United States -- it’s nice to be able to show those kinds of things off.
QUESTION: And this is one of the prized pieces.
SECRETARY RICE: This is a prize.
QUESTION: What is – I’ve been told (inaudible), but could you tell me again whose --
SECRETARY RICE: Thomas Jefferson’s, Thomas Jefferson’s desk. And the extraordinary thing about Thomas Jefferson, of course, when you think that I am the successor of Thomas Jefferson, 66th – 65th successor of Thomas Jefferson -- and of course, the first Secretary of State was a slave owner. So he might have been a little surprised to find out that not only was his 66th successor a black American, but his 65th as well, Colin Powell, so --
QUESTION: And using this desk and having --
SECRETARY RICE: Well, having his desk.
QUESTION: Having --
SECRETARY RICE: I haven’t had the nerve to actually write on it...A fantastic piece. The other thing is, I’m told, that it was in the White House for a while and then brought back over here. So that’s also very special.
QUESTION: And it’s actually – the way that even this – I’m not going to touch it, but you can – this slides in and out. I mean --
SECRETARY RICE: Yeah.
QUESTION: -- the thing is actually quite interesting, the way it’s built. It’s almost – I mean, it’s genius the way it’s built.
And as for being built with genius, I can't say the same for her foreign policy approach to Israel's needs.