Condoleezza Rice ‘especially proud’ of Obama victory.

During a press conference this morning, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said John McCain was “gracious” and “a great patriot,” while Barack Obama was “inspirational” and “will continue to be.” A jubilant Rice added that she was proud of her country – “it continues to surprise…it continues to beat all odds and expectations.” She concluded, “On a personal note, as an African-American, I’m especially proud.” Watch it:

Rice never openly endorsed McCain during the campaign (Secretaries of State traditionally do not engage in partisan conduct). And she offered a less-than-hearty praise for Sarah Palin during the campaign. (HT: Raw Replay)