Samantha Power to be Named UN Ambassador

Samantha Power

WASHINGTON — A White House official said President Barack Obama will name former aide Samantha Power as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, reported the Associated Press.

Power will replace Susan Rice, who will take over as Obama’s national security adviser. The official says Obama will announce both appointments from the White House Wednesday afternoon, according to AP.

Power is a longtime Obama adviser who worked on his 2008 presidential campaign and ran the human rights office in the White House. She left the administration in February but was considered the favorite to replace Rice at the U.N.

Power played an instrumental role in getting Sen. Obama to issue a strongly-worded statement on the Armenian Genocide and Armenian issues in general. She also made a video in which she recounted Sen. Obama’s outstanding record on issues of special concern to Armenian Americans, including his “very forthright statement on the Armenian Genocide; his support for the Senate Resolution acknowledging the Genocide; his willingness as President to commemorate it and call a ’spade a spade’; and to speak the truth about it.”

A video plea to the Armenian-American community during the 2008 Obama campaign became a rallying tool for Armenians to support the then senator from Illinois. However, Power failed to deliver—just as the Obama Administration—on her pledge to get US recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

In 2003, the Pulitzer Prize in literature for the best general non-fiction book was awarded to Samantha Power for her book “A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide.”

Power’s book revisited the Armenian Genocide–the Holocaust–Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge–Iraqi attacks on Kurdish populations–Rwanda–and Bosnian ethnic cleansing. Power makes a compelling argument that US intervention in all these instances of genocide has been inadequate.


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  1. Tsayt said:

    All is well then…now let’s see her talk about the “tragic events” of 1915 and “Medz Yeghern” alternately.

  2. Azat said:

    She’s a fascinating scholar, but was used by the president to get Armenian-American votes, when he had no intention of using the word genocide.

  3. Karnig said:

    let us learn from our past mistakes. Common rule says that it is better to pay after delivery.
    Also, if cheated upon, do not be afraid to demand restitution.

  4. Ohannes said:

    Samantha Power she will come another poppet for Obama administration 100%
    yes Mr president no Mr president after all she will work for the Armenian Genocide
    denial president Obama

  5. Zareh said:

    Please give your book to Barak. He may have forgotten about the Armenian Genocide which he used it for his own campaign to get the Armenian votes and then became bff with Sultan Erdogan.

  6. ashot said:

    at least she’s trying… that’s more then I can say for 89 % of the Armenian population that I interact with on a day to day basis… Armenian’s are so quick to be condescending on someone of another race who at least trys to get recognition for the crimes of turkiye… when most Armenians here are more into getting a pretty girl or if they have the nicest car on the block.. trying to show off little bit of money they’ve got… I never hear Armenians complaining about there fellow Armenians.. but were so quick to complain about people who are not our race and do not feel our pain… what about those who are our race.. and they don’t give a flyin fug about our pain?

  7. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    If she cheats us
    She will cheat her self…
    Because the facts are facts
    If she changes her mind
    Her clean tongue will be cyanotic full of lies
    Thus leave her without comments let us see
    What her dendrites will narrate…
    How she will act…
    How her cardiac cells will feel with our genocide

    June 7, 2013