Samantha Who? From diplomat to bathroom photographer


U.N. ambassador Samantha Power acts as photographer for Savannah Guthrie and fan (Colby Itkowitz)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is a big name in this town, but for the occupants of the Hilton ladies room (where all the best gossip occurs) she was just a nice woman on hand to take a photo.

At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, held Saturday night, all the celebrity spotting can cause whiplash. Everyone is handing off smartphones to the nearest warm body to snap photos of them with the next famous person

A woman, who we think was Candice Crawford, the beauty queen wife of Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Tony Romo, asked to have her photo taken with “Today Show” co-host Savannah Guthrie. So another woman in the bathroom helpfully took the shot.

It just so happened that woman is one of the United States’ top diplomats, a member of the White House cabinet, and a human rights activist with a Pulitzer Prize. A face well known in DC circles, but not as widely recognizable as Guthrie’s – even at an event ostensibly about Washington.

We asked Guthrie about the bathroom photo shoot.

“The Hilton restrooms aren’t exactly the hallowed halls of diplomacy Ambassador Power is used to,” Guthrie told the Loop, “but I was impressed by her mastery of the art of iPhone photography!”

In the bathroom, everyone’s equal.

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Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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