Booker discusses Samantha Power

Politician
Booker's advice to Power is to continue to live courageously and "your core."
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Question: What do you think of Samantha power?

Cory Booker: Well, I am painfully biased, because she's one of the more beautiful souls that I have ever met--fiercely intelligent, unbelievably compassionate and has a perspective on global politics that we desperately need. She's heroic and if you haven't read A Problem from Hell, read the book. She's hurtin, she's a hurtin, hurtin person right now and is so pained. And if you go through the whole interview--which very few people have even read, the transcript. And the reporter not even letting her know she was being recorded and I mean it was just a very horrible perfect storm, a munstrous course of events, no pun intended. But for me as I told her right now. I actually I'll say it, the advice I gave her last night. I said--She's beating herself up, and I've been there before where something comes out of your mouth that you're like, "God can I take it back?" Number one, which is what she did, which is actually what I have done in those circumstances, is you just beat yourself up so much that you damage your spirit and you become shy and cautious. And I try to encourage all my friends to live as courageously as possible, so I told her to protect your core, but don't just protect your core, the spirit of who you are which is a good soul, that it has a purpose and a mission in the short time she's going to be on this planet. But I said to assert your core. Just go out there and continue to be authentically yourself. The truth of who you are will always emerge, and she was a Pulitze Prize-winning, world-changing author before this crisis, and she will emerge from this as a Pulitzer Prize-winning, courageous author, a world changer, after this and as long as she doesn't let this crisis affect the core of who she is.