Playing with sweetness

Interview With Franco Di Mare of RAI Channel One TV of Italy
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Rome, Italy
February 8, 2005

QUESTION: [beginning of live interview, speaking in Italian]

QUESTION: [in English] Welcome to Italy, Madam Secretary. I wonder if your enemies know about the meaning of your name?

SECRETARY RICE: Oh no, they certainly don’t and you won’t tell them, will you? [Laughter]

QUESTION: No, no, I won’t tell them [laughter].

Then I will. Her music teacher mother invented the name from the Italian con dolcezza, meaning to play with sweetness. How … ironic. Con bocca chiusa (with closed mouth) would be more appropriate, given the ever-widening gulf between her puff and reality.