March 26th, 2008
01:18 PM ET
10 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. CNN - an Obamination or an abomination?

    Go AWAY!! Whatever you say will not change my mind. I will vote for Hillary or McCan and there is nothing you can do about that. HAHA

    March 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. NickNas

    Darn it Samantha!!!

    Now you KNOW given the demographics of Hillarys supporters you need to keep from injecting FACT and LOGIC into any situation.

    No worries though, the ones of us who can read a book understand very well. Take it down a few notches next time for them though ok??

    March 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Hillary supporter MA

    Samantha – you are a MONSTER and you speak line one

    March 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Independent in DC

    Any person with rationale and common sense could she what she was saying. Unfornately, many of us are very short on both rationale and common sense.

    March 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. maggie vt

    Hillary says words don't matter?????? guess she meant the lies she has told about her accomplishments and experiences?????

    March 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Kathleen in Oregon

    This woman doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut.

    Just knowing that Obama would staff his administration with people like her is another reason NOT to trust his judgement.

    She sounds almost as full of herself as her main man...OBAMA.

    Quite a self-righteous bunch of folks in that camp.

    March 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Adam

    Samatha Powers is an idiot still trying to get her fifteen minutes. Move on lady! We all have. The attack the Clinton campaign was validated and effective. If the Obama camp took you back it wouldn't surprise anyone. He's becoming notorious for backtracking on his words.

    March 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Jay

    So is she coming back to the campaign to return the gift from Tiffany's?

    March 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. TJP

    Samantha Power. Another good reason for a Democrat to vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination.

    March 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. CW in Dixie

    Isn't this woman a little old to be name calling?

    March 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. HD

    Yeah, you can tell when the Hillary has lied – the moment her head starts to bobble after a speech. Just imagine all of her fellow followers bobbling their heads in agreement. aha!

    March 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Mack

    Obama supporter keep saying that Hillary will do anything to win. Obama will do anthing to win too. Whats Up.

    March 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |

    Hillary is a Liar! Hillary is a Liar! There is no such thing as a written "mispoken" word. Hillary is a liar!

    March 26, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. vic nashville,Tn

    Hi Samantha what you doing here? Can you remember we said good bye to you !!! that mean get out from our face

    March 26, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. charlotte

    WINK WINK, need I say more.

    March 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. JS

    Steal the nomination? That's a joke right?
    The distance between Hillary and Obama on the issues is very small. So one asks why vote for one over the other? Obama has style, grace, and intelligence.. Hillary? I think she might be intelligent.. not sure though thus far she hasn't shown that side of herself. Obama has been honest and forthright.. Hillary has not. Obama is the person I want answering the red phone.. not someone who has proved she will lie, cheat and steal to get what she wants. I so got over the Clinton's in the 90's.. time to move on.. turn the page if you will.

    Samantha would be a wonderful addition to Obama's administration.

    March 26, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Tex

    You can trust Obama's words. Clinton, herself, admitted that she "misspoke", didn't tell the truth, fibbed and just bald-faced lied.

    March 26, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Sushim Mukerji

    After all these years I am happy that my sons did not go to Harvard. If they did they would have had to agree to such opiniated professors to get good marks.

    March 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Independant

    Barack Obama needs to bring her back into the campaign! Lets pretend we're all adults.

    March 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. jp/michigan

    Obama is the KING of dirty politics, ask those who ran against him for the Illinois Legislation!

    March 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Lou

    "if you can't trust senator obama's words, what's left?' Mrs Clinton said under a hail of sniper fire.

    March 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Sante

    Dear Samanta,
    Obama is just echoing Mrs Clinton plans on Economy, on War , actualy on everything
    I was listenig your interviw on BBC, boy, tolking about vannity!

    March 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Sick

    Beam me up Scottie; there is no intelligent life down here!!

    March 26, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Corey, Maryland

    Yeah Samantha Power, you are a great person!! Thanks for pointing out many more of Clinton's lies, there are so many so there is only so much you could do, you will be great in an Obama administration.

    Obama Richardson 2008

    March 26, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Mark

    Folks, digest it. She is telling the truth.

    Some of you ignorant folks have to read more & get some knowledge before accepting what is true & what is imagination.

    Despearation is an act of timidity not valor.

    March 26, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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