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Professor who slammed Clinton will be Obama aide

Samantha Power, a Harvard University professor who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House.

world Updated: Jan 30, 2009 10:00 IST

Samantha Power, a Harvard University professor who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a "monster" while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned.

Officials familiar with the decision say Obama has tapped Power to be senior director for multilateral affairs at the National Security Council, a job that will require close contact and potential travel with Clinton, who is now Obama's secretary of state. NSC staffers often accompany the secretary of state on foreign trips.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Power's position, as well as that of other senior NSC positions, has not yet been announced. One official said the announcements would be made in the near future.

White House officials would not provide details of Power's new role.

Power was an early and ardent Obama supporter until the "monster" comment forced her off his campaign, but she was rehabilitated after the election when she apologised to Clinton and was included in the transition teams for both the State Department and the US mission to the United Nations.

At the time, an official close to the transition said Power's "gesture to bury the hatchet" with Clinton had been well-received. Power and Clinton have met at least once since Clinton's confirmation last week when they both appeared at a State Department ceremony at which Obama announced the appointment of special envoys to South Asia and the Middle East.