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Remarks With Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Jonas Gahr Store Before Meeting

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
March 28, 2008

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QUESTION: Madame Secretary, may I ask you about some of your comments on race yesterday? You talked very openly about race in America. What lessons do you think Americans have learned since the Civil Rights Movement?

SECRETARY RICE: Well, I think the lessons that Americans have learned since the Civil Rights Movement is that we have to work hard every day to make the extraordinary words, the moving and inspirational words of our founding documents, a reality for all Americans. And it doesn’t just happen; it is a matter of reconciliation. It’s also a matter of having laws that need to be upheld. But I think Americans can also be very proud of this country in how far we’ve come. It’s a remarkable country that I stand as Thomas Jefferson’s successor several times removed.

Thank you very much.

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