Power Play

Remember Samantha Power? She was Obama’s last U.N. ambassador. She’s also been suggested as one of the people who unmasked Americans in the Trump campaign who had no reason to be monitored.

Power was also, naturally, a big Hillary Clinton supporter. She writes about election night 2016:

Well, I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life, but none as immortalized as this one. I decided on election night to invite the 37 women ambassadors to the U.N., many of whom face struggles in their own foreign service, or at the U.N. of a kind that, as an American, I never did. And I thought what an amazing night for them. I mean, that’s what America represents to the world, when a glass ceiling is shattered in our country, it creates a whole new sense of possibility for people everywhere.

And so, I invited them. Most of them came, and we gathered with Madeleine Albright, our first woman secretary of state; Gloria Steinem, who is not only an icon here, of course, but all around the world, and we went through the same process, if you want to call it that, that so many people did at their election parties. As the host, I was kind of hoping it wouldn’t be quite the blowout that it was anticipated to be, because I wanted to make sure that people had a chance to interact with Gloria Steinem.

Too soon. I wanted to milk the soft power dividend of this moment, and instead, and HBO was there, I guess unfortunately or fortunately, to capture it all, but instead, you really see what so many people went through, which was all of that sense of promise and excitement, and frankly, a dose of complacency. And then, it slowly dawning on us that not only was this going to be much closer than anybody anticipated, but that it was not going to end well.

And for me, every time I see that, I am haunted most, actually, by the images of my children, who were running around the apartment for much of the night, but when the election is called, my daughter, who at that time is four, is just lying in my lap, kind of like this pale, Irish statue, and there’s something about the way she’s lying, I don’t know, that just makes her look like she’s the one who’s going to inherit this — what he does is on her, right? It’s like we’ve somehow collectively landed in this place, but the people who are going to feel this, and be affected by this are these innocents. And as it happens, I was looking at a young child, but there’s so many other innocents who are being subjected to the cruelty, as we speak here today.

But yes, I think that scene moves viewers the most because it triggers, I think, a kind of post-traumatic stress about their own election night experience, which mirrored mine.

They still can’t get over it!

However, she was easily able to get over a child her motorcade killed in Cameroon.

It was April 2016 when the incident happened. Newsweek said

The United States has compensated the family of a Cameroonian boy who was killed by a car traveling in U.N. ambassador Samantha Power’s motorcade during an anti-Boko Haram visit in April.

Power visited the northern city of Mokolo in Cameroon to meet with victims of the Nigerian militant group and offer encouragement to affected communities. But the trip was overshadowed by the tragic accident in which Birwe Toussem, who was seven years old, darted out into the road in front of Power’s motorcade. Toussem, who was reportedly distracted by a helicopter flying overhead, was killed instantly; the motorcade had been traveling at around 60 miles per hour.

The ambassador returned to Mokolo on the same day to pay her respects to the boy’s family. The car that hit Toussem had initially stopped but was ordered to continue by U.S. security forces, as the area was unsecured and two Boko Haram attacks had taken place nearby in recent days.

They just drove on.

That was kept pretty quiet, wasn’t it? Can you imagine if that happened to Nikki Haley? All hell would break out. But since she was visiting a “shithole” it didn’t matter much, did it?

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