The Blaze –
This morning it was announced that President Barack Obama will nominate foreign policy confidant Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. But, who is she? If you’ve been a long-time Blaze reader, you are likely familiar with the controversial figure. If not — or if you’d simply like a refresher — allow us to provide an overview.
FALL FROM GRACE — AND HER RETURN
Power, a human rights expert and former White House adviser, left the White House earlier this year, though she was considered the president’s likely pick to move to the U.N. As TheBlaze reported this morning, she has long been connected to Obama. And if you’ll recall, she has had her fair share of controversy, specifically after she was forced to resign from the president’s 2008 campaign following negative remarks she made about Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with The Scotsman during the heat of the 2008 presidential race, Power called Clinton a “monster.”
“We f***** up in Ohio. In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win,” she said of the Obama camp’s efforts and of Clinton’s political prowess. “She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything.”
Power’s comments though didn’t lead to completely severed ties to Obama, as she was soon back in the fold. So, too, was her husband — she is the wife of former regulatory czar Cass Sunstein. As early as 2011, TheBlaze covered expectations that Power could possible secure greater power, specifically if the president was elected to a second term. Her U.N. appointment appears to solidify these expectations.