June 26 - Susan Rice holds new conference on her last day as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Outgoing United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, held a news conference on Tuesday (June 25) where she thanked all those she has worked with in her over four years as U.S. permanent representative, a position she called "the best job I've ever had." Rice is moving to the position of National Security Advisor, replacing Tom Donilon in the post. "It's been a remarkable period for the United States, for the United Nations and the world, as we've carried out President Obama's pledge to bring a new era of engagement to the United Nations," said Rice, pointing out U.S. leadership on issues like Iran sanctions and U.N. action during the Libyan crisis. "We've repaid past arrears and met our financial commitments. We joined the Human Rights Council believing that American engagement would improve its performance, and it has," she added. A close confidante of President Barack Obama, Rice is expected to play a high-profile role in defending Obama's foreign policy, particularly on the civil war in Syria. Rice is one of the original members of the team that helped Obama win election in 2008, then became the first black woman appointed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She gained a reputation as a tough, often uncompromising diplomat who had no qualms about cursing behind closed doors.