Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, William Seward, Henry Kissinger and CONDOLEEZZA RICE…

TODAY IN HISTORY, JANUARY 26, 2005:

Condoleezza Rice is appointed the 66th United States Secretary of State, the first African-American woman to hold the position, the first to hold such a high office in within a Presidential administration.

President George W. Bush knew her well; she had served in the Reagan administration and in Bush’s father’s administration, availing them of her extensive expertise in Soviet affairs.

Condoleezza Rice grew up in the segregated South. She tells the story of living in Birmingham, Alabama when girls her age lost their lives in an infamous church bombing.

She has spent a good deal of her career at Stanford University when not serving her country in the government. One of her dream jobs is to be the leader of the NFL.

I could definitely vote for Condoleezza Rice were she to run for President…but she affirms our faith in her by being to smart to run for that office.

Rocky Mountain National Park Joins the National Park System

Today in History, January 26: 1915 –

President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill creating the Rocky Mountain National Park on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Northern Colorado.

Inspired by former President Theodore Roosevelt’s creation of National Parks, Colorado naturalists campaigned for the park and succeeded.

During the 1930’s, TR’s cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, which, among many other things, built a great deal of the infrastructure in RMNP. If you’ve never been, you should add it to your bucket list…it is magnificent.