March 26th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Controversial former Obama adviser again takes aim at Clinton

(CNN) - Former Barack Obama adviser Samantha Power – who resigned from his campaign earlier this month after calling Hillary Clinton a “monster” - said Tuesday night she was stunned by the “political mileage” the New York senator had gotten from her comments on the timing of any withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

"What I was saying is that you have to take into account what the generals on the ground are telling you," Power told a Columbia University audience Tuesday night, according to a report in the Huffington Post.

“Take for example that 3 a.m. phone call (a theme in a Clinton campaign ad)… She is not going to answer the phone and play a voicemail she recorded in 2007. That is crazy. She is going to judge the situation in 2009. Of course she is going to take into account what the generals have to say about the Iraq situation and what they are saying on the ground."

Earlier this month, the Clinton campaign seized on remarks made by Power – who had already left the Illinois senator’s campaign – that Obama "will of course not rely upon some plan that he's crafted as a presidential candidate or U.S. senator" to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.

Clinton advisers said Obama's entire campaign was based on his attempts to contrast his early opposition to the Iraq war with Clinton's vote in favor of a resolution authorizing the use of force in that conflict — and fatally weakened by any suggestion that he might alter his current position.

"It turns out those attacks and speeches were just words. And if you can't trust Senator Obama's words, what's left?" said one Clinton campaign memo.

Despite her controversial exit from the campaign trail, Power seemed to suggest Tuesday night that she might be part of an Obama administration.

"Because of the kind of campaign that Senator Obama has run, it seemed appropriate for someone of my Irish temper to step aside, at least for a while,” Power told a Columbia University audience. “We will see what happens there."

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Cindy

    Nice to hear from Ms Powers again. I wish she didn't resign. I mean, I know why she did it, she didn't want her staying to detract from the issues.

    Like Bill Clinton said, I don't think anybody should be forced to resign from the campaign.

    March 26, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. seth, minnesota

    ugh im so sick of hearing about wright on these message boards. shut it. no one cares.

    March 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Paul

    Can any one tell What’s the difference between the Disenfranchising of Mich. And Fl who didn't vote and Disenfranchising the people that did and Hillary telling them to change

    March 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Bayou Joe

    Say it like it is or you think it is. You should have stayed on, but the Obama campaign wants to stifle free speech. You have that right under the 1st Amendment. We may not like it, but you have the right to say it. No more apologies. Let the fur fly. or as Bill Clinton said today lets have it out and may the best woman win.

    March 26, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Bill Young

    Look he can take aim at Hillary Clinton. WHO HASN"T.

    There is a line a mile long of pundits whose very SALARY depends on the amount oh Clinton bashing they can produce. JUST ASK JACK CAFFERTY. His non stop Clinton bashing got him promoted.

    So bash away...it just makes Hillary tougher, look tougher and the pundits look like effeminate versions of Richard Simmons.

    March 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. Hopemonger in NYC

    Ms. Powers, welcome to the rest of America where we revel in the Freedom of Speech. I am sure your sage counsel will serve our country in some respect well into the future.

    March 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Paul

    To Arthur-Texas

    Ok you take three lie's and I'll take three lie's Now I don't thing ether one of are hard drives could handle the list of lie's that are left from the Clintons

    March 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. kenneth tewel

    Before Clinton supporters get too carried away with themselves over their candidates experience and depth of knowledge. Let's remember that both candidates have exactly two pieces of legislation with their name on it.

    While Clinton supporters might suggest that Obama is inexperienced with only two pieces of legislation – what the hell has she been doing all these years? Whay aren't there more pieces of legislation that she originated?

    March 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. BJ

    who is leading by 171 votes its obama,please dont say it is obama who said that,it is powel ideas and which are correct,what clinton supporters dont know even if all clinton wins all the remaining states still she cant win nor beat obama,do your math please,i am A REPUBLICAN,but i like obama and if he becomes ademocrat nominee when mccain is sorry because i will defect and vote for OBAMA.
    Arepublican but will vote for OBAMA 08

    March 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Dave, SC

    Power,

    Wow, you should lay low and allow Hillary to continue digging her hole. If give her enough time, she will be in too deep to climb out!!!

    Go Obama!!
    Go McCain!!

    March 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Sheri

    I used to respect and admire Hillary. No more. I will not vote for her. I didn't trust my son when he lied to me, I do not trust her. If it takes another republican in office to truly change the way this country is run, then so be it. Putting a democrat in office just to put a democrat in office is not change. The citizens of this country need to be loyal to the country, to the people, but certainly not to a political party.

    March 26, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. From PA

    Obama looks like the evil character from Harry Potter!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Manuel TX

    The problem is not with what Power said.

    The problem is that it doesn't match Obama's campaign rhetoric, what he's been telling his supporters and everyone else.

    Surely even a Harvard grad can wrap her brain around that. :)

    March 26, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Lorna Ware

    If obama wins, he wont have STOLEN the nomination from Hillary. The very idea is both laughable and sad. Laughable because he is currently WINNING, and , sad because the idea that this was Hillary's to lose is a perfect example of her perceived sense of entitlement that has ruined her campaign to date.

    March 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Paul

    Samanta, the fact that you r greedy does not give you the right to be throwing mud at Senator Clinton.
    If you do not remember, she was our First Lady, and now serves honorably our nation in the Senate.
    Don't you see that you are attacking one of your own, a true Democrat.

    So please why don't you go back and start teaching rather than wasting your time creating low attacks against an American who loves America.

    HILLARY- PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    VOTE DEMOCRAT- VOTE FOR CLINTON

    March 26, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. clinton2008

    Obama's compaign team are sick just know to put their nooooses not in their business and blame blame Watch at yourself

    March 26, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    Obama is a fake. Just the words, bombardic speeches, but no action. And this Haravard lady is again proven to be a bad mouth just as Michele said, " For the first time in my adult life, i am feeling proud of america". What kind of education these women are getting in Harvard?

    March 26, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Casadoro

    Some people should just stay in the library. Not every intellectual can be a good politician. Not knowing how to talk to journalists and what can be said and what not denote a dangerous infantilism. It seems that Samantha Power didn't learn anything from her gaffe.

    March 26, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. D R

    Arthur, are you telling me your taking 2 minutes of a pastors crazy sermon and blaming Obama! Have you forgot about Whitewater, NAFTA, the senate looking into impeachment proceedings on the Clintons, Her so called "under fire" Bosnia landing, Her lying about negotiating peace in Ireland... You my friend are looking for reasons to hate Obama! We cannot go back to the hate filled past. Your no different that Wright by dragging this on! These things I've stated here are direct Clinton involvement and Lies! Look at Peter Paul and the youtube Video Hillary doesn't want in the press! Look at the Ireland press right now and see what they are doing to Clinton! Do you expect countries like Iran and Iraq (that hate their own women), to give Hillary and the United States one once of respect?

    March 26, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. let the people choose!!!!!!!!

    HILLARY HAD A CHANCE TO CONSIDER THE ADVISORS OPPINION BEFORE AGREEING TO GO TO WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE, BUT SHE DID NOT!

    MY GOD THIS WOMAN IS INSANE, SHE WILL SAY AND DO ANYTHING. AND THOSE SUPPORTERS OF HERS MUST BE JUST AS INSANE.NOT TO BE ABLE TO SEE THROUGH OF HER BS OR IS IT THEY WILL ACCEPT A LIAR, CHEATER AND BACK BITER JUST TO GET A WHITE WOMAN IN OFFICE. SHE APPEALS TO THOSE THAT WILL NEVER WANT A BLACK MAN OR WOMAN IN OFFICE AS WELL AS THOSE THAT SIMPLY WANT A WOMAN OF ANY CHARECTOR. THAT'S MY BEST GUESS, BECAUSE AS WE ARE LEARNING ALL OF THIS SO CALLED EXPERINCE IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE CLINTON BS THEY ARE SO VERY WELL KNOWN FOR. I GUESS ANYTHING WILL DO JUST TO GET WHAT YOU WANT, HUH? THEY THINK WORST OF YOU THAN I DO, SHE AND BILL THINKS YOU ALL ARE STUPID.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE WE NEED TO GET THIS RIGHT, WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN THERE AND WE KNOW WHAT THAT'S ABOUT!

    March 26, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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