Skip to comments.Samantha Power Rejoins Team Obama (What a surpise)
Posted on 12/01/2008 12:22:12 AM PST by dennisw
She called Senator Hillary Clinton a monster last March, and it cost her her position in President-elect Barack Obamas campaign.
Now, it seems, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Samantha Power has been invited back into the foldshes reviewing the State Department, which Clinton is expected to lead, for Obamas transition team.
Since mid-November, Obamas transition Web site has listed Power among the officials selected by the president-elects office to review national security agencies.
As one of the fourteen foreign policy experts who will focus on the State Department, Power will help the incoming administration prepare for Clintons nomination as secretary of state, expected to be announced today.
And Powers return to Washington may foreshadow a possible government appointment.
A rumor that Power may take on the role of an official or advisor in Obamas administration is making its rounds at the Kennedy School, said Leonardo Vivas, a fellow at Harvards Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, which Power founded.
We dont know yet what position shell have, he said. But I think shes a very strong candidate for a position.
Kennedy professor Graham T. Allison Jr. was more cautious about the possibility of Power joining the administration.
I think that remains to be seen, he said.
Although Allison said he is not surprised by Powers involvement in the transition team, her role does not say anything specifically about whether or not, and in what capacity, she might join the administration, he said.
Power will take a leave of absence at the Kennedy School to work on the transition in Washington, according to Vivas.
Allison called Power, an expert on genocide and human rights issues, an outstanding thinker whose qualifications outweigh her monster remark.
In campaigns, people sometimes say things they would prefer they didnt say, Allison said.
Powers remark, given in an interview with a Scottish newspaper, stirred controversy last March.
She is a monster, too, Power told the Scotsman. She is stooping to anything.
Power told the Scotsman that Clinton would fight Obama unscrupulously for the Democratic nomination, and the amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.
The comment sparked an uproar in the Clinton campaign, which quoted Power in an e-mail to supporters asking for contributions to show the Obama campaign that there is a price to this kind of attack politics.
Obamas campaign distanced itself from Powers statement.
At the time, Power said Obama made it absolutely clear that we just couldnt make comments like this in his campaign.
A few hours after the publication of her comment, Power announced her resignation from the campaign. She quickly apologized to both campaigns, calling her remarks inexcusable and contrary to her admiration for Clinton and the tenor of the Obama campaign.
Power did not return requests for comment over the weekend.
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can’t get much worse than this person. She wants the US military to force Israel to give in to terror.
What a waste of talent.
Her work on genocide was outstanding.
But then she had to fall for the knee-jerk Leftist shibboeths.
Then I read about this person, and I feel it all over again.
Powers was in the twilight zone over Rwanda. She may have a degree but her analysis is not correct. She has done some great damage there. She also does not have clean hands. I wouldn’t have appointed her but maybe it is some sort of Clintonista v. Socialist balancing act O is trying to do with her appointment.
It sucks BIGTIME!
if Obama wants a socialist in charge of foreign policy then he should pick Jerry Nadler.
Trim that hair up and dye it black and it’s Kevin McCale.
Power to the People.
The next thing you know... Reverend Wright will doing the swearing in. He’s got that swearing part down real good.
She never left and I am sure she also remained on the payroll.
The liberal moron, feel-good class will soon take over the federal government. Prepare for immeasurable stupidity and gross incompetence. The idiot voters wanted platitude spewing sophists in power. It looks like some unknown but large number of Americans are about to die via the hand of a gang of imbeciles and their useful idiot voters. Prepare to protect yourself, your family and your community from bumbling idiots mumbling banalities while we get attacked by muslim terrorists.
I will do whatever is necessary to protect my family.
Samantha the passionate handmaiden of the messiah is detailed to monitor “the Monster’s” State Department
This really ought to be interesting to watch
But then she had to fall for the knee-jerk Leftist shibboeths.
She looks like an honest person who wants justice in this world. But got lead astray about how to achieve it. I doubt she has had any children which would anchor her. That's what it seemed when I did google search on her a few months ago. She's a good looking gal and should get right instead of messing around with Obama and leftism. And why would anyone with a Christian upbringing (born in Ireland she must have gotten some religious education) be a shill for Muhammad the false prophet?
With her (and I wish her well) being a "passionate" lefty in Harvard Square is too intoxicating
There is an illuminating article about coverage of the West Bank issue and Samantha Powers appointment at:
It is an article critical of New York Times columnist Tom Friedman who has taken the same position as Samantha Power.
A video of an interview Power gave about using U.S. Troop deployment to maintain Peace and Nation Build in the West Bank follows the article.
It is a must view!
4 weeks out of 156. Incredible!
Neither did Goolsbee.
I can’t understand why O didn’t give princess caroline a position in his administration. Filled with fools, traitors, and incompetents, she would have fit in perfectly.
Give him time :(
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