Meet the Press   |  October 06, 2013

Power discusses her Clinton apology

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power explains her emotional apology to Hillary Clinton, calling her a "rock star" and idol for American women.

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>> tumble comment about hillary clinton . was that a searing experience?

>> yes. it was beyond searing. what i found so upsetting was the idea that somebody like secretary clinton's icon to young women , then young women like me, you know, this person who cared so much about women and children , who had given her whole life to public service could think for a second that i could think anything like that about her. i have regretted it pretty much every day since.

>> i know you apologized to her. i heard there were tears.

>> certainly it was very emotional for me. and i was so grateful to have the chance just to say in person what i had said to everybody. could you tell hillary that i think she's a total rock star ? she's changed the world in a thousand ways. but to be able to say that in person is something that i'm immensely grateful to her to have given me that opportunity.

>> you wrote a book called "a problem from hell" and now i was thinking these are your problems from hell. no longer are you a writer or observer, but you're in a position of power.

>> when i was a writer or a loudmouth pundit, it was very easy at the end of the day to say, i've spoken my piece. now the discussions we have are internal, you're getting to have these discussions with the president of the united states , with the secretary of state.

>> do you almost feel people are holding up that past life and saying, samantha power can't compromise. she's the one who wrote this book on genocide.

>> i think they're very entitled to do that. they bring things to me that constantly sometimes in the bubble of government one doesn't always get exposure to.

>> i read an article that said, after five years of being a bureaucr bureaucrat, power has learned to bite her tongue. i thought, she would hate that if she read that.

>> i hope i've learned to bite my tongue. i have the opposite reaction. i think i'm making some progress. but it does take practice when you're a loudmouth like me and you're irish.

>> thank you so much.

>> thank you, savannah.