July 17 - Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee as U.N. ambassador, calls Security Council response to Syria, a ''disgrace.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S NOMINEE AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "Representing the United States would be the privilege of a lifetime." Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations begins her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The 42-year-old former White House national security staffer and journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her study of U.S. failures to prevent genocide, is seen as an advocate of an activist foreign policy. And while she had high praise for the body she hopes to join -- she also had sharp words. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S NOMINEE AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAMANTHA POWER, SAYING: "Within the UN, an organization built in part to apply the lessons of the Holocaust, we also see unacceptable attacks against the State of Israel, We see the absurdity of Iran chairing the conference on disarmament." She called the UN response to the crisis in Syria shameful. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S NOMINEE AS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAMANTHA POWER SAYING: "We see the failure of the UN Security Council to respond to the slaughter in Syria - a disgrace that history will judge harshly." . Power's discretion and diplomatic skills were called into question in 2008 when she labeled Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, then running against Obama for the Democratic nomination, a "monster." The remark prompted her resignation from the campaign -- but she is now strongly backed by Democrats. She is expected to easily win Senate approval to the UN post.