Samantha Power Throws Out Conventional Wisdom

You probably recognize Samantha Power's name from "monstergate," a mini-scandal that forced the senior foreign policy adviser to resign from Sen. Barack Obama's campaign in March.

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You probably recognize Samantha Power's name from "monstergate," a mini-scandal that forced the senior foreign policy adviser to resign from Sen. Barack Obama's campaign in March. But before that, she had made a name for herself as a Pulitzer Prize-winning human-rights advocate and journalist.

At Pitzer-Claremont's commencement ceremony, she compared the unlikely success of the Save Darfur campaign to the unexpected Boston Red Sox's World Series run (which strikes me as an insult to Save Darfur), and later implored students to "be a good ancestor."

"You can," she said. "And you must."