The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, hit a still-raw nerve with Vietnam vets by lavishing praise on Jane Fonda – the former anti-war activist nicknamed "Hanoi Jane" for her 1972 visit and photo-op with Viet Cong soldiers.
The 43-year-old Power gushed over the Oscar-winning actress at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Award dinner in New York, Fox News reported
"You know life has changed when you’re hanging out with Jane Fonda backstage," Power said, according to a transcript.
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"There is no greater embodiment of being outspoken on behalf of what you believe in — and being 'all in' in every way — than Jane Fonda. And it’s a huge honor just to even briefly have shared the stage with her."
Some veterans are not so enamored.
"We all hate her," Ned Foote, president of the New York State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, told Fox News.
The 75-year-old Fonda has since apologized for what she confessed to Oprah Winfrey was an "unforgivable mistake
Fonda told Winfrey she was taken to a North Vietnam military site during the last day of her visit, despite her objections.
"I don't know if I was set up or not," she said. "I was an adult. I take responsibility for my actions."
Foote, a Marine Corps veteran, said the apology means nothing at this point.
"What she did is just very unforgivable," he told Fox News. "Apologies, what does that mean? She did harm."
But it doesn’t take a speech to rile other veterans who still revile Fonda.
"Most of the guys I served with still hate Jane Fonda," Mark Ginsburg, who was in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, told a Brooklyn newspaper
at a pre-Veterans Day breakfast earlier this week.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived a gunshot attack by the Taliban and is now an education advocate for girls, was one of the honorees at the award ceremony.
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