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Samantha Power Rejoins Team Obama (What a surpise)
Harvard Crimson ^ | November 30, 2008 8:42 PM | ESTHER I. YI

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 Obama’s campaign.

Now, it seems, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Samantha Power has been invited back into the fold—she’s reviewing the State Department, which Clinton is expected to lead, for Obama’s transition team.

Since mid-November, Obama’s transition Web site has listed Power among the officials selected by the president-elect’s 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 Clinton’s nomination as secretary of state, expected to be announced today.

And Power’s return to Washington may foreshadow a possible government appointment.

A rumor that Power may take on the role of an official or advisor in Obama’s administration is making its rounds at the Kennedy School, said Leonardo Vivas, a fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, which Power founded.

“We don’t know yet what position she’ll have,” he said. “But I think she’s 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 Power’s 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 didn’t say,” Allison said.

Power’s 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.”

Obama’s campaign distanced itself from Power’s statement.

At the time, Power said Obama “made it absolutely clear that we just couldn’t 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.

—Staff Writer Esther I. Yi can be reached at estheryi@fas.harvard.edu.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2008; bhoforeignpolicy; hillary; samanthapower; sos

1 posted on 12/01/2008 12:22:13 AM PST by dennisw
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Just from her face I can tell how "passionate" she is about justice for the Palestinian people
Hers is the familiar story of a high energy person wasting their intellect on utter crap
The liberal ranks are full of high verbal skills jackasses
2 posted on 12/01/2008 12:27:57 AM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam! ::::: Never bet on a false prophet!)
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To: dennisw

can’t get much worse than this person. She wants the US military to force Israel to give in to terror.


3 posted on 12/01/2008 12:35:11 AM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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To: dennisw
Well said.

What a waste of talent.

Her work on genocide was outstanding.

But then she had to fall for the knee-jerk Leftist shibboeths.

4 posted on 12/01/2008 12:37:23 AM PST by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: dennisw
You know, I foolishly thought I'd get over this by now, and just resign myself to the fact that we've just elected this child, this empty suit, to the highest position of power on the planet.

Then I read about this person, and I feel it all over again.

This sucks.

5 posted on 12/01/2008 12:42:33 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Atheist Pro-Lifer)
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To: dennisw

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.


6 posted on 12/01/2008 12:48:54 AM PST by volslover
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To: ari-freedom
The vast majority of American Jews who overwhelmingly voted for the muzzie... must be so proud over this demon being put back on the team. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Israel... they knew who to vote for!

LLS

7 posted on 12/01/2008 1:18:41 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except when it comes to dims! I am an UMA-unity my a$$)
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To: Darkwolf377

It sucks BIGTIME!

LLS


8 posted on 12/01/2008 1:19:40 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except when it comes to dims! I am an UMA-unity my a$$)
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To: volslover

if Obama wants a socialist in charge of foreign policy then he should pick Jerry Nadler.


9 posted on 12/01/2008 1:21:30 AM PST by ari-freedom (Conservatives solve problems. Libertarians ignore problems. Liberals create problems.)
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To: dennisw

Trim that hair up and dye it black and it’s Kevin McCale.


10 posted on 12/01/2008 1:23:28 AM PST by jla ("We much admire and wholeheartedly support Sarah Palin" --- T. Jefferson & R. Reagan)
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To: dennisw

Power to the People.

F’em.


11 posted on 12/01/2008 1:25:56 AM PST by period end of story
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To: dennisw

The next thing you know... Reverend Wright will doing the swearing in. He’s got that swearing part down real good.


12 posted on 12/01/2008 3:44:49 AM PST by jerod (They were pro-abortion, for gun control & wanted a cleaner environment at all cost - The NAZI party)
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To: dennisw

She never left and I am sure she also remained on the payroll.


13 posted on 12/01/2008 4:04:02 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: dennisw

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.


14 posted on 12/01/2008 4:15:02 AM PST by sergeantdave (We are now in the Age of the Idiot)
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To: dennisw

Samantha the passionate handmaiden of the messiah is detailed to monitor “the Monster’s” State Department

This really ought to be interesting to watch


15 posted on 12/01/2008 5:37:53 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: happygrl
Her work on genocide was outstanding.

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

16 posted on 12/01/2008 8:13:10 AM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam! ::::: Never bet on a false prophet!)
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To: dennisw

There is an illuminating article about coverage of the West Bank issue and Samantha Power’s appointment at:

http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2009/02/ny-times-friedman-calls-for-us-troops.html

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!


17 posted on 02/10/2009 5:02:10 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: dennisw

4 weeks out of 156. Incredible!


18 posted on 02/10/2009 5:03:22 AM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: Carley
She never left and I am sure she also remained on the payroll.

Neither did Goolsbee.

19 posted on 02/10/2009 5:04:15 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla
Or this guy....

Barack Obama's Middle East Expert

20 posted on 02/10/2009 5:05:32 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

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.


21 posted on 02/10/2009 5:19:32 AM PST by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: Carley

Give him time :(


22 posted on 02/10/2009 5:22:06 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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