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Condoleezza Rice:

Gabby Douglas is an African-American Hero

8/3/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Condoleezza Rice is a big fan of U.S.gymnastics superstar Gabby Douglas ... telling TMZ she's "thrilled" for the 16-year-old's "momentous accomplishment as the first African-American" to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the all-around competition.

Rice says she's been following the ENTIRE U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Games ... telling us the girls have been "incredible" to watch.

"Proud of their team gold and thrilled for Gabby Douglas and her momentous accomplishment as the first African-American to win the individual all-around gymnastics title, " Rice says.

She adds, "These young women are full of grace and poise."

Go USA!

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76.

STFUP    

If Michelle Obama has said this, the Republicans would be bashing her for it in the media.

718 days ago
77.

arale norimaki    

Athletes Are Entertainers, Not Heroes

Investing 'in our nation's heroes =miltary veteran

718 days ago
78.

Mark    

keep playing the race card... you guys got one in the white house, you would think you would stop at that point

718 days ago
79.

bubblezzz    

African Americans should uphold and uplift other African Americans...Why shouldn't they? You look like a fool down casting your race and not being proud! It appears others that have that problem are the racist ones! Get over it a African American won a gold medal Jim Crow!

718 days ago
80.

Mike from Jersey    

Women with bad teef need to stick togetha

718 days ago
81.

Chris    

Always has to be about race and how they had a hard time... Can we not just be happy she won a gold for AMERICA and all the hard work she put into training?

718 days ago
82.

Bug    

Oh yeah and if we would have said Marylou was a White American Hero we would have been burned at the stake. Come on Rick, lf not for a lot of other nationalities this little girl wouldn't have even gotten noticed. LEAVE RACE OUT OF THIS AND THAT PRESSURE OFF HER...She is an American Hero. Don't forget, she'll be going after a lot of endorsements that only come with the checkbooks of mostly white CEO's. You dummy, your handling this like you did Iraq.

718 days ago
83.

cocobaby    

Isn't that first female African American Sec of State? What about Colin Powell?

718 days ago
84.

sw    

Great job Gabby, but why is she a hero? People throw the hero status around way too much.
I consider a hero anyone fighting for our country with their lives on the line or someone who's saves someones life. Winning the gold medal, not a hero...sorry

718 days ago
85.

Lauren    

Condi you dumb ass, Gabby is an olympic winning medalist not a hero.

718 days ago
86.

Sue    

She is just an amazing athlete, someone all girls can look up to.

718 days ago
87.

lalet    

why do the African american population say things like this? If a white person said oh that Phelps is a white american hero, people who be screaming!

Hasn't the African American population made enough contributions to the world that they can stop pointing them out all the time?

718 days ago
88.

JB    

Why is she making this "RACE" issue... Can’t she just enjoy a young girls achievement & be proud of it.

She should know better...

718 days ago
89.

zelda    

I saw a gymnast performing Condi, not an African American.

718 days ago
90.

jes    

Why do we have to be African Americans or Asian Americans or Mexican American why can't we just be AMERICANS?!
I think Gabby is an amazing young lady and she and the rest of her team represented this country extremely well. I am very proud she is an AMERICAN and I wish her the best of luck with everything she does in the future.

718 days ago
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