Samantha Power Returns: Will She Slam Zenawi? – Mathew Lee ( Huffington Post )

January 30th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

WASHINGTON — Samantha Power, the Harvard University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a “monster” while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned. (more…)

WASHINGTON — Samantha Power, the Harvard University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a “monster” while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned.

Officials familiar with the decision say Obama has tapped Power to be senior director for multilateral affairs at the National Security Council, a job that will require close contact and potential travel with Clinton, who is now secretary of state. NSC staffers often accompany the secretary of state on foreign trips.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Power’s position, as well as that of other senior NSC positions, have not yet been announced. One official said the announcements would be made in the near future.

White House officials would not provide details of Power’s new role.

Power was an early and ardent Obama supporter until the “monster” comment forced her off his campaign, but she was rehabilitated after the election when she made a gesture to apologize to Clinton and was included in the transition teams for both the State Department and the U.S. mission to the United Nations.

At the time, an official close to the transition said Power’s “gesture to bury the hatchet” with Clinton had been well-received. Power and Clinton have met at least once since Clinton’s confirmation last week when they both appeared at a State Department ceremony at which Obama announced the appointment of special envoys to South Asia and the Middle East.

Reporters at the event saw Power and Clinton chat briefly at the end, although the conversation was inaudible.

Power, a noted human rights expert who won the Pulitzer for her 2008 book “Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World” about the late U.N. diplomat, made headlines last March during the height of the fierce fight for the Democratic presidential nomination when she called Clinton “a monster” in an interview with a Scottish newspaper. Her remarks set off angry exchanges about the tenor of Obama’s campaign.

Power told the Scotsman newspaper that Clinton would stop at nothing to defeat Obama. “She is a monster, too,” Power said in the interview. “She is stooping to anything.” Power added that “the amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

A few hours after her comments were published, Power announced her resignation, saying the remarks were inexcusable and contradictory to her admiration for Clinton.

She said Obama had rebuked her for the comment and “made it absolutely clear that we just couldn’t make comments like this in his campaign.”

Clinton’s campaign seized on the remark, sending an e-mail to supporters telling them about the “monster” comment and asking for contributions to “show the Obama campaign that there is a price to this kind of attack politics.”

  1. DANIEL SOLOMIN
    | #1

    WE ETHIOPIANS MUST REMIND OBAMA AND HIS TEAM THAT DICTATORS ARE DICTATORS -WHTHER ITS US ALLY OR NOT -THEY MUST TREAT ALL DICTATORS ON THE SAME RULE, THEY CAN NOT JUST AWARD ONE DICTATOR ZENAWI AND PUNISH ANOTHER DICTATOR MUGABE

  2. ራስ
    | #2

    We have just learned that TPLF is seeking foreign aid in the name of starved people as same time disregards for international community’s voice regarding violation human right in the country.The regime repeatedly demonstrates its monestrous diplomatic policy.

  3. mina
    | #3

    This website is for Ethiopians not for Eritreans.
    If you are an Eritrean go to ER the website designed for under Ethiopian name.
    enjot it there!

  4. | #4

    My friend stop whinning and don’t expect any foreinger to free you from mafia family of weyane and their masters/advisors Eritrean traitors. Legesse Z and Mebrahtu G/hiwot (aka Bereket Simon)perfectly invented the destruction of this great nation on Earth, Ethiopia, slowly but surely they are implementing what they have dreamed in the jungle of aiga. The longer these mafia family stay in power the more Ethiopia and Ethiopians will be fragmented beyond recognition. If you thing the Yugoslavia fragmetation after the Russian were collapsed were bad just wait and witness how much evilish the weyane have done to the great nation on Africa, Ethiopia. The EU or US donation is nothing but it goes back to the donor nations one way or the other. The mafia family may have a dollar here and there but in the end the main beneficiaries are the donors themselves. After all this is the 21st century and no African nation made progress with donations from western powers; rather it is just more misery!

  5. Sami
    | #5

    It is time to find out the real problem that Ethiopia has. It is Meles Zenawi…Meles Zenawi is an evil man. Whatever he does, wherever he goes, there is hunger, pain and death. Evil brings all the world’s problems with him. That is called curse. Meles is a cursed evil man. Now, to solve the Ethiopian people problems, Meles needs to be removed from power. Just think for a minute how many people died, immigrate and starved in the last 30+ years since the evil Meles surfaced in the Ethiopia political arena?
    What good happen to anyone in Ethiopia that worth the damage Meles committed all these years? What is the net worth of having Meles on power any more? It is time to wake up for all Ethiopians and the international world to see Meles as who he really is. He is an evil man that has no compassionate to any body and no good to offer to anyone.
    He is using very low conscious people to sustain in power. It is also time wake those low information people that support Meles and let them be free from this evil man.

  6. ራስ
    | #6

    ወያኔ ሕዝብ ሰለተራበ ምጽዋትን ዘርጉ ሲል ባንድ በኩል ስለ ሰብዓዊ መብት ጥያቄ አታንሱ የሚል አሳፍሪ የሆነ የውጭ ፖሊሲ ሲተገበር በተደጋጋሚ ተስተውላል;;ልመናን እንደ በሓል ያደረገ ወራዳ, ወሮበላ ነው;;

  7. yikerbelen
    | #7

    TPLF can not stand by it self with out getting foreign aid. they grew by donation food and are living now with these damn bigging culture. ethiopians are tiring of their bigging through out ethiopia;s history. now sleepong on international communities shoulder for 17 years. what a sham

  8. | #8

    if you beleieve in Hitler support Zenawi of ethiopa since he is worse than hilter – zenawi has killed millions of people – he is anti ethiopians and is narrow minded tribalist who comes from a minority of minority – where as the amharas and oromos are together are over 70% of the population have no say in the running of the country – and yet western powers and the us has been financing this brutal regime – against the poeple will- they have become a part of the problem in the horn of africa by supporting a regime that lives on confusion and distruction

  9. gygty
    | #9

    yikerbelen!!!

    Go back to ethiopia and see where the movey goes…DEVELOPMENT… You don´t like development why????????

  10. gygty
    | #10

    How do you tell i am weyane?shabia ………. Do you want to see what you want to see only ……

  11. | #11

    The new US administration is desirous to forge existing strong relations and strengthen multi faceted development cooperation with Ethiopia, a US government official said.

    KI,KI,KI,

    BAD NEWS FOR THE ALL USLESS AND COWARD DIASPORAS.

  12. Gelaye
    | #12

    Hi mina
    I read your comment and i am with you this webiste is for Ethiopians only and if they want to talk about Eritera they should go to http://www.eritreanreview.com by Elias Keflom

  13. Aba Jaffar Aba Gobbu
    | #13

    Hellow My Fellow Country Men,

    We have a formidable and well organized enemy in contrast to us. These nazi/facist tplf organization must be wiped out from the face of the earth to save Ethiopia and preserve the genuine unity of Ethiopians.

    It is not enough talking and begging our foreign enemies for saving Ethiopia from these beasts and give us bread. We have to get back to our grandfathers history. Fight at any rate and cost. Freedom and democracy does not grow on trees.

    Thank you.

  14. | #14

    We have to believe in ourselves and put up a united fight to defeat the evil tyrant Meles Zenawi.

  15. | #15

    I entirely agree with the above comment by Aba Jaffar Aba Gobbu.

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