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(New York Daily News) — A pastor with Harlem and Bronx roots who calmed religious tensions after 9/11 was sworn in yesterday as President Obama’s ambassador for religious freedom. The Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook is the first woman and first African-American to hold the post. Critics questioned whether she was too much Oprah – with a website and nearly a dozen spiritual books – and not enough ambassador. She said doubters should read her résumé more carefully. ”I have certainly learned to navigate political waters,” Johnson Cook said with a laugh. She was the first woman to serve as a chaplain for the NYPD, a position she has held since 1990. After 9/11, she helped traumatized police officers and worked with the city’s Muslim leaders.