This is media sexism: Now I am not in any way a fan of Rice, as you know. But--politics aside--she is more qualified and more competent than all the men in government, including especailly Bush himself--but then again, who is NOT more qualified than Bush. Even Tony Danza is more qualified than Bush. So no matter what positions women occupy, they will always be judged on their appearance. Look how disgustingly sexist this passage is from the Washington Post:
"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Wednesday dressed all in black. She was wearing a black skirt that hit just above the knee, and it was topped with a black coat that fell to mid-calf. The coat, with its seven gold buttons running down the front and its band collar, called to mind a Marine's dress uniform or the "save humanity" ensemble worn by Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix." As Rice walked out to greet the troops, the coat blew open in a rather swashbuckling way to reveal the top of a pair of knee-high boots. The boots had a high, slender heel that is not particularly practical. But it is a popular silhouette because it tends to elongate and flatter the leg. In short, the boots are sexy."