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Condoleezza Rice

Language is powerful -- but banning another word from our lexicon is at best a token solution, and at worst misguided. I wish that banning the other B-word would result in improved self-worth for girls everywhere but that simply wouldn't be the case. Instead, let's celebrate fabulously bossy girls.
At this year's Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney asked America what it means that they are less excited for Obama as a president than they were as a candidate. But that's not relevant for America's very first black President who has achieved free health care for Americans, brought relative peace in the world and gave diversity a new meaning in American public service.
At least no one will be able to claim that the U.S. has suffered a military defeat. But it has suffered a period of extended strategic incapacity, which has fanned defeatism and exaggerated notions of imminent loss of world leadership.