Condi and Susan have been best buds since being at Standford at the same time. Condi was an associate professor at the time. Susan a student. Condi was schooling her best friend on succeeding Hillary as Sec of State, evidently because Condi believed Susan Would make a good Sec of State. No Obama didn't "ask" Condi for her opinion. But you can damn well believe that these two best friend females discussed the pros and cons of Susan performing the dog and pony show, she was ask (told) to perform on those 5 TV shows. If you don't know this Mitch, you don't know women. Both are members of the Phi Beta Kappa. Have you EVER been around the cult of sorority members?