Not only has Samantha Power involved herself
in American politics through her journalism and her book A Problem
from Hell , but she is also currently working in Washington, D.C.
as a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama, D-Ill. Obama, a member
of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has many "fresh ideas"--in
the words of Power, "he's not a foreign policy guy." Power herself
said she "knew almost nothing about the Senate before I started."
The two are together considering the issues, however, and working
to prepare Obama to effectively advocate the increased transparency
of government affairs. This involves both talking and "a lot of
Obama has traveled to the former Soviet Union and Iraq, and is
also planning to visit Darfur and other areas of Africa during
his trip to the continent in August. According to Power, he is
concentrating his efforts on the development of "a tough, smart,
and humane foreign policy." Obama is trying to solve problems
he sees in the United States and its relations, and Power is advising
him on topics such as the United Nations, Darfur, and Guantanamo
Bay. She has expressed excitement about the work she is doing
with Obama, which is supported by a fellowship she was granted
by the Council on Foreign Relations. Even so, she seems to look
forward to returning home to Boston in September. "Just in time
for the playoffs."