Booker discusses Samantha Power
Cory Booker is the junior United States senator from New Jersey. He was born in Washington, D.C., and his parents, who both worked for IBM, later relocated the family to Harrington Park, New Jersey. A star high school athlete, Booker received a football scholarship to Stanford University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar before earning his law degree from Yale University. Booker won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg to become New Jersey’s first African American senator and only the twenty-first person in American history to ascend directly from mayor to senator. Booker lives in Newark’s Central Ward. His book, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, gives an account of his own political education that have shaped his particular civic vision for America.
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.
Booker's advice to Power is to continue to live courageously and "your core."