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The gaffe that keeps on giving

By Mary Fitzgerald  

As coincidence would have it, Barack Obama was wrapping up a state-wide tour of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia just as his former foreign policy advisor Samantha Power arrived in town to honour the last engagement in her worldwide book tour.

Soon after a somewhat hoarse but nonetheless eloquent Obama fired up a rapturous crowd of volunteers at the city’s convention centre, a somewhat hoarse but also eloquent Ms Power addressed a more sedentary gathering at the public library across town. The discussion focused mainly on issues related to her new book: a new direction for US foreign policy, the ethics of humanitarian intervention and possible reforms within the UN. But Ms Power was at ease discussing the…

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