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Why UN Ambassador Samantha Power turned down Red Sox season tickets

"I had to make a choice."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power waits for a vote in February to support a United Nations resolution endorsing a cease-fire in Syria. Bryan R. Smith / AP

As a former conflict journalist and human rights advocate, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power is perhaps used to facing difficult situations.

But in an interview Monday night on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Power recalled a uniquely tough decision back in 2005, when the former Boston Globe reporter and Harvard graduate was offered a job by Barack Obama—the then-Illinois senator, who had wowed her with his foreign policy vision.

But there was one problem:

“After years of trying to get access to season tickets to Red Sox, I had just been informed that I had a slice of a package,” Power said.


“I had to make a choice,” she said: Move to D.C. to work for Obama and pass on the tickets or stay true to her Boston sports loyalty.

She decided to take the job with the future president.

“Can you acknowledge now you made the wrong decision?” joked Meyers, a fellow Red Sox (and Pittsburgh Pirates) fan.

“It seems I made the right choice,” replied Power, currently the only woman representing one of the 15 countries on the U.N Security Council.

But that was before David Price made his first start.


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