The Senate approved President Obama’s pick for ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, in an 87 to 10 vote Thursday afternoon. Power, a longtime foreign and national security adviser to Obama, has been called a Harvard brainiac with both a Pulitzer Prize and a mean jump shot.
1. She was born in Ireland She lived in Dublin until she was 9, when her family moved to Pittsburgh. She went to high school in Atlanta and college at Yale. Here, Power speaks at a screening of "Sergio," a 2009 documentary based on Power’s biography “Sergio: One Man’s Fight to Save the World,” about the late U.S. diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello. Joshua Roberts/Reuters