Samantha Power on the Obama transition team

Samantha Power, Harvard professor, former journalist and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning eye-opener on genocide A Problem From Hell, is back on Team Obama.

Given the horrifying escalation of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (site of the deadliest war since WWII, fyi), Power’s deep knowledge of mass atrocities and strong views on how they should be stopped and prevented are very, very necessary. Here’s hoping she has a bigger role soon, and makes a few people give a damn.

Of course, that’s not a point the Washington Post would make. Oh no, under the charming headline “Adviser Who Insulted Clinton Is Reviewing State Department” the Post gives us this:

Samantha Power, the Harvard professor who was forced to resign from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign last spring after calling Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton “a monster,” is now advising the president-elect on transition matters relating to the State Department — which Clinton is slated to head.

[…] In short, she is part of a team that is likely to work directly with Clinton, a potentially awkward situation for the two women. Obama is expected to officially announce Clinton as his choice for secretary of state after the Thanksgiving holiday.

In other words: Like OHMIGAWD!!!!1! Total girlfight in the making! So AWKWARD!

Please, Washington Post, spare us the “pushy bitches and their catfights” subtext in stories about women public intellectuals and politicians. It’s offensive and damn irritating.

Now, back to writing about media framing of war crimes in the War on Terror.

2 thoughts on “Samantha Power on the Obama transition team

  1. Amen–I wholeheartedly agree–in fact, Power later went on the Colbert Report and apologized for calling Hillary a ‘monster,’ saying she wasn’t one. I’m sure Hillary has enough of a level-head to let bygones be bygones anyhow…

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