Longtime Obama adviser Samantha Power is a well-respected humanitarian. She is an accomplished journalist and author married to a would-be Supreme Court pick. She was one of the driving forces behind the United States intervention in Libya. And now she's the president's pick to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Oh, yeah, and she once called Hillary Clinton a "monster." When it comes to liberal scholar superstars, the 42-year-old Irish American is like Sheryl Sandberg with a Pulitzer — and she might end up coming under similar scrutiny, if only because of her stacked resumé and soon-to-be high-powered position. At the White House this afternoon, Obama will announce his nomination of Power to replace Susan Rice, whose new job as national security adviser dominated the morning headlines and the GOP's Benghazi hangover. But unlike Rice, Power's post requires Senate confirmation, and her already robust profile will only grow as this savvy, unexpected choice settles in. Here's a re-introduction.
Why Power Is a Popular Pick
Power became well-known for her writing on human rights, including at The Atlantic. She won the Pulitzer Prize (Update: "I think she won... at the age of 15 or 16," Obama joked at his announcement) for her 2002 book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, the title of which sort of says it all: This woman is an advocate for people who need protecting, and she can express her thoughts with intelligence and eloquence that merits prestige. Some of those traits are what people would like to see in a U.N. ambassador. And that's in a sharp contrast to one of Rice's predecessors, just look at President Bush's controversial second-to-lack pick for the post: John Bolton actually wrote the foreword for anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller's book, as pointed out by — and we told you she was a liberal superstar — Eric Hananoki of Media Matters: