WASHINGTON (AP) — Susan Rice once seemed destined to become secretary of state but now holds a lower profile job at the White House.
As national security adviser, she juggles one global crisis after another for President Barack Obama and tries to keep his broad list of foreign policy priorities on track. While Kerry travels the world and gets the headlines, Rice quietly orchestrates the foreign policy issues put on Obama's desk.
She shows no bitterness about the turn of events that short circuited her diplomatic trajectory.
Rice is nearing the end of her first year in the White House and sees herself as the point guard in a game that is rapidly nearing the final buzzer.