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. Debbie, NJ

    Thank you Samatha. Hillary has met her match and she knows it. This is really what it takes. You may not be able to work on Obama's campaign but you have a right to your opinion just like any other voter. It really does take a woman to see Hillary for what she is. I think calling her a monster was putting it lighty and graciously.

    March 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. John in PA

    Wow and the Obamaniacs think that the Clinton camp are the only ones who are being negative and doing anything to win

    March 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. H


    March 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Carol

    We all know what you said....thats why you were asked to leave the campaign. Really, as intelligent as you are suppose to be did no one ever explain the value of keeping your mouth shut? And by the by....bringing this up again is not helping dear. shhhhh...quiet time.

    March 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Stephanie-in-Vegas

    GAWD! The fact that Clinton attract uneducated voters is SOOO evident. With every post they prove it. *sigh* SMDH

    March 26, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. John

    Hillary reiterated that she refuses to quit the race before June. Excellent!

    I'm a left-wing liberal, but I hate political parties, so I'd love nothing more than for one to be destroyed. Hopefully followed soon by the other one.

    Party is irrelevent to my vote...I vote for people based on character and integrity.

    As far as my vote,

    Obama >> McCain >> Clinton

    March 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Mike

    Obama attacked Hillary first in the debates. His people leaked out things constantly. His people threatened the superdelegates while paying them lots of money to vote for Obama.

    All this time Obama claims he is about change and not the politics as usual guy.

    It proves that anyone that supports Obama does so by emotion rather than good judgment.

    March 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Mike

    Mike, Birmingham AL,

    "Doesnt Hillary know it is mathematically impossible for her to get the delegates needed to win?"

    You must be using a new kind of math because it is the same impossibility for Obama to get it too.

    March 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. lix

    It is ashame this woman is desperatingly trying to get more than her 15 minutes of fame!!!

    Clinton's plan for Irag is more logical, thoughtful, reasoning and completely right than Obama or any other candidate!!

    Research people....all do some innocent real research!!

    March 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Betty

    Glad you on your way back, Ms. Power. I think Hillary tells so many lies that she perhaps don't know when she tells them like Bosnia, ducking bullets. come on

    Obama 08 is never late

    March 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Another Typical White Woman

    I'm thinking you are a "monster" as well. Not happy with your prior 15 mins of fame?

    Go back to Obama and "officially" be his mouth. All of these advisor and former advisor's need to shut up.

    March 26, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Brian

    I hate to tell you all this... but Hillary Clinton IS a monster. Ms. Power never should have resigned for her comments.

    Clinton's manipulation, her lies, her blind ambition... none of it is good for our country. Our country deserves better than anything she and her foul husband have to offer.

    March 26, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Chrissy, Texas

    You Obama supporters are pathetic. You all sound like a bunch of whiners. You all think that the Hillary camp is being hard on Obama? You all are a bunch of idiots (like your candidate)! If Obama gets the nomination for the Dems then you will see what real mud slinging is really like. The Republicans will stop at nothing to bring this whimp down. Obama has no backbone, while vacationing in St. Thomas they asked him a question and he responded with " I just want to be left alone". What is that? He's an idiot, what makes him think that he is ready to be President? What a big loser!!!!!!!! I as a Democrat will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee and I can guarantee you a lot of others will too. Our eyes have been opened since seeing the Pastor Wright video.....and nothing was taken out of context! It came straight out of the horses mouth!

    March 26, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Grif

    I suppose the name, say's it all... Trying to get a comment

    acceptable Power.......!!! Now where did she find that Name..??

    March 26, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. bond

    Blah blah blah, who cares. This race has been over since super tuesday.

    Scoreboard Obama

    March 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Living in U.S.A. with my eyes open

    If you very smart people thank 4 more yrs. of BushMcCain

    Is ok for the country an that you, an the country is better off now then volt for McCain! ! ! ! ! !

    An if you like the ever changing worlds of Clinton volt for her

    Or just if you think its time for change ????
    Obama 08

    March 26, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. john

    the only reason hillary is still in the campaign is because the unspoken belief that obama as a black is not elctible

    March 26, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. kathleen "a typical white person" for OBAMA/EDWARDS 2008

    I hate Hillary.

    March 26, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Louis

    Arthur-Texas . . . LOL!! You don't know what the heck you're talking about. NONE of what you've said is true. You, like your candidate, are are a liar who will say anything to get your way and try to persuade people to your side. Neither Hillary nor any supporter of Hillary should EVER imply that someone else lies!! She has been caught in lie after lie after lie after lie after lie!! She has overstated EVERYTHING she has ever done. She has suggested (at least twice) that PLEDGED delegates could/should not honor their pledges - a suggestion that is UNPRECEDENTED in the history of American politics. She is pathetic now that it looks like she will not get the nomination. She suffers from a sense of entitlement and will stop at NOTHING to win. No one could have ever told me that I would turn my back on the party if anyone other than my candidate won (particularly since I LOVED Hillary once). But after watching this pathetically sinister and disgusting campaign that Hillary Clinton has put forth, there is NO WAY I would vote for her. At least John McCain has shown himself to be an honorable, albeit, misled man. I'd probably not vote or vote independent. But NO WAY WOULD I VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!

    March 26, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Hillary to the White House

    Would someone please shut Samantha Powers up.

    March 26, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. I. Walter Jones

    May fellow Texan? Arthur-Texas

    Wake up and use your God given brain with your no thinking comments. Hillary has lied to the American people six times about her trip overseas. Stating she was under fire. Did you see the motion pictures where she was not under fire.? Who is the biggest lier. Hillary. Motion picture don't lie. Wake up! and smell the coffee Sir.

    March 26, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. actxent

    How many of you after living with your parents for 20 years did or agreed with everything they said? Did you not become your own person? You hypocrites.

    March 26, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. Maxine

    Why is it, when I read this article I don't get half of what others put in their blog.

    She is stating that he is going to make an intellegent decision not, just go in and do something without checking with the experienced personnel. Oh I don't know, isn't that what you do.

    Oh wait, but Hillary who was in the WH during Bill's flings and new about all the ones in Arkansas; lied about her input with Ireland and oh wait, didn't dodge bullets after all is someone we can trust to use sound judgement. HMMMM Go Hillary! You are want this country deserves.

    March 26, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. anita

    Based upon Ms. Powers comments, an Ivy League education doesn't guarantee anything resembling common sense or uncommon sense.

    March 26, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Common Sense

    Powers is Refreshing. Hillary is doing nothing more than tearing this party in half. She plays with a republican playbook and has a sense of entitlement that is really disturbing. This race is over, but she seems to be avoiding reality along with most of the media.

    March 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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