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Samantha Power and US President Barack Obama Photo: Andrew Harer/Bloomberg

Samantha Power and US President Barack Obama Photo: Andrew Harer/Bloomberg

Samantha Power and US President Barack Obama Photo: Andrew Harer/Bloomberg

A DUBLIN-born woman who once called Hillary Clinton a monster has been nominated as US Ambassador to the UN.

Samantha Power, below, is to be Barack Obama's woman in the UN, provided that the Senate approves her appointment.

The 42-year-old lived in Castleknock, Co Dublin, until the age of nine, when her family emigrated to Pittsburgh in 1979. She later moved to Atlanta.

 

Genocide

She studied at Yale and worked as a journalist, covering the Yugoslav wars for US News and World Report, the Boston Globe, the Economist and the New Republic.

She won a Pulitzer for her book on genocide in 2003: A Problem From Hell, America And The Age Of Genocide.

But she shot to international fame after becoming involved in Barack Obama's presidential election campaign.

She was an early supporter of Obama and was a key foreign policy adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign.

In the White House's Rose Garden, Power said she was honoured to accept the new role.

"The question of what the UN can accomplish for the world and for the United States remains pressing," Power said.

"I have seen UN aid workers enduring shellfire to deliver food to the people of Sudan. Yet I've also seen UN peacekeepers fail to protect the people of Bosnia."

She ran into controversy when criticising Hillary Clinton – Mr Obama's opponent in 2008 – calling her "a monster".

Power resigned from Obama's campaign team and said the comments "do not reflect my feelings about Senator Clinton, whose leadership and public service I have long admired".

Clinton and Power worked together during Obama's first term after Clinton became Obama's Secretary of State.

mlavery@herald.ie


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