March 7th, 2008
02:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama adviser resigns over comment

 Power has resigned her position with the campaign.
Power has resigned her position with the campaign.

(CNN) - Samantha Power has resigned her position from Barack Obama's campaign after calling Hillary Clinton a 'monster,' the Illinois senator's campaign announced.

“With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today," Power said in a statement issued by the campaign. "Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."

The Obama campaign said that the decision was Power’s, and stressed that “she was an adviser, not a paid staffer.”

"She made the decision to resign and we accepted," said communications director Robert Gibbs.

Earlier in the day, the Clinton campaign had called for Obama to end Power's association with his campaign.


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  1. Walter

    Wow! Listen to these people!

    "Hillary Clinton IS A MONSTER! Actually she's a TWO FACED, LIAR, HYPOCRITE MONSTER! So, just calling her MONSTER is TOO NICE.

    Look at how she treated her opponent from the start, yelling & screaming, belittling, lying about NAFTA so she could win in OHIO, crying, telling people she'd rather side with McCain than Obama, and democrats have the nerve to accuse Republicans as nasty."

    I don't think that the Clinton haters can even hear themselves anymore. This is why I won't have any trouble supporting Hillary if she is the eventual nominee. She wasn't my first choice. But the Republicans have simply succumbed to an astonishing form of mental illness that makes them incapable of rational thought.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Jacob

    Thank you Obama camp for doing what is right. Barack Obama is a man of his word, unlike Bush who continues to deny his administration has done anything wrong, pardoned Scooter Libby, ignored that Uncle Cheney had secret energy meetings and has yet to denounce or reject the idea that the Iraq war was completely wrong.

    It is really great to see a potential presidential candidate stick to his campaign's message. Thank you Barack Obama!

    Go Obama '08

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Tim

    "Why wasn't she fired?" Don't be silly. Do you think she was not asked to step down? The Obama campaign recognizes that her contributions have been enormous. She messed up, but they allowed her to leave with dignity. That's what good and reasonble people do. They acknowledge the contributons as well as the mistakes and treat people- well- like people. This was handled as it should be. Senator Clinton could learn something about treating all people-even those who disagree with you- with respect.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Bill (Troy, MI)

    Now it's Wolfson's turn to do the honorable thing and resign.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. neil carleton

    seems like there is a lot of negatuvuty and oldpolitics comingfrom obama's suppourters on this thread

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Dem123

    Obama supporters do not be so full of hate and let monsters out of your systems.Desperates.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. arkie in Little Rock

    I agree with Think-FL's comments. As a newspaper reporter, I covered the Clintons while they were in Arkansas. I have continued to watch them closely. My impression - they will do whatever it takes, with no respect for the truth, their friends, their party, or the good of their state or country.

    On a personal level, I think they are sick people who need help. They are more pitiful than monstrous. Many Democrats would just like to see them out of politics, which is a source of strength for Obama.

    Let's fall behind a better leader. We have to end the Clinton/Bush brand of politics in America. OBAMA 08

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Hussien Obama

    Do I have to apoligize for my actions with Larry Sinclair?

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. johno

    Another thought -what happened to HC's White House logs – you can be sure that if they backed up HC's bogus claim to "experience" they would have been out there long ago – - – plus where are her tax returns – from the beginning of this Clinton farce – in 1992 one word dec=scribes the pair of them: TAWDRY.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Dusacre

    Too bad everything she said is true, you just can't say that because truth is not welcome with the Clinton.

    Monster = one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Reality check #1

    Another "bone-headed" mistake from the Obamanation.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Lance

    She shouldnt have to resign. Hillary Clinton isnt a monster she's OUT RIGHT EVIL........................................Obama needs to call her out.
    Clinton is dividing the house and idiots continue to support her.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. James

    Wolfson did not call him a monster.

    The comparison to Starr was due pushing for tax returns this early. Tax date is 4/15/08 not 02/08.

    Obama did not release his until April last year so why is he in such a rush this year?

    Clinton's always release around mid April in you do your homework and check the facts and history.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. EFabian

    She deserved to resign by Obama gets no credit because he did not fire her like she should have.

    Contrary to what a lot of Obama fanaticals are saying, those words were unprofessional and childish and have no business is Obama's campaign of "change". Hypocracy of the highest order.

    Obama should have fired her on the spot. He didn't which proves he is all rhetoric.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. deb

    THE WAY THE WORLD IS TODAY MONSTER SEEMS LIKE A LIGHT WEIGHT WORD. COMPARED TO WHAT SHOULD COULD HAVE SAID. IT DOES AMAZE ME THAT CLINTON HAS WON OHIO. WHAT HAS SHE DONE FOR NEW YORK WHEN IT COMES TO JOBS. ACCORDDING TO TIM RUSSERT JOBS WERE LOST.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Jack

    Horray for Hillary! – Another Victory! GO GIRL GO

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. mauvaiseherbe

    Hillary Clinton is undoubtedly the best candidate that America has ever known.

    And the French that I hope with all his heart the victory of this great lady

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. John

    Samanta Powers made a bunch of controversial remarks on Israel. Barack made a mistake in keeping her around so long. Soon it will all come too.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. Jay S. ohio

    Great idea there Trish. Do you really think another four years of Republicans is a good idea for this country. I think I know of another two-faced,liar,hypocrite, monster. Plus with mine you can ad ignorant war mongering infant. I'll give you a hint, he laughs like an idiot, can't string a sentence together and live in a big white house! Obama 08. For a politician, he's not that bad!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. Claudius

    It is really a sad day when a brilliant and capable woman like Professor Power has to resign over something silly like this. It's America's loss that Sam Power has been shoved out by the ugly forces of this campaign.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. EFabian

    She deserved to resign but Obama gets no credit because he did not fire her like he should have.

    Contrary to what a lot of Obama fanaticals are saying, those words were unprofessional and childish and have no business is Obama's campaign of "change". Hypocracy of the highest order.

    Obama should have fired her on the spot. He didn't which proves he is all rhetoric.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Jasmyne

    Way to go Sam Power. Kill two birds with one stone. You told the world the truth about Hillary and then you took the high road and put the ball back in Clintons court for her to get rid of her people that have been saying negative remarks about Barack. Now lets see what HIllary has to say about this since she was so quick to say that Powers should be fired.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Lynne

    Thank you very much Ms. Power for all of your hard work during the past 14 months. You have done a remarkable job!!! Hold your head high and know that you spoke with integrity and truth - Hillary Clinton is a monster!!!

    Obama '08 - the only candidate with truth and integrity within and on his team!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Jose in Queens

    Hillary and her camp should be ashamed of themselves for endorsing McCain at the same time she says that the democrats will be united. I hope the media wises up and starts telling her to drop out.

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. honest

    Why did she resign for speaking and telling the truth???????

    Wolfson SHOULD also resign immediately for comparing Sen. Obama to Ken Starr!!!!!!

    Shame on Hillary for the double standards they ALWAYS use because she thinks she is special!!!!

    She is a MONSTER and a WITCH!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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