November 29th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama adviser who called Clinton a 'monster' back

 Power resigned from Obama's campaign earlier this year.

Power resigned from Obama's campaign earlier this year.

(CNN) - Samantha Power, the Obama foreign policy adviser who stepped down from her post earlier this year after labeling Sen. Hillary Clinton a "monster," is now working for the president-elect's transition team.

According to the Associated Press, Power is part of a team of foreign policy experts tapped by President-elect Obama to help ease the transition at the State Department - the agency Clinton is expected to head up.

Power is also formally listed as part of the State Department agency review team on the president-elect's official Web site and could directly work with Clinton should she be nominated, as expected, for the Secretary of State job.

Power stepped down from the Obama campaign in March after she called Clinton - then Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination - a "monster" and someone who "is stooping to anything." The comments came in an interview with a Scottish newspaper.

"You just look at her and think, 'Ergh,' " Power also told The Scotsman then. "The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."

Power quickly issued an apology for the comments, but resigned her post days later.

"I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton," Power said in her resignation statement.

The Obama transition team did not comment on Power's new role.

Power is currently a professor at Harvard University and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. In 2004, Time Magazine labeled her one of America's top 100 scientists and thinkers.

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soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Lady_Di

    Me thinks Ms. Powers speaketh the truth. Lady Hillary doth bear watching.

    November 29, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Ray Fisher

    Free speech is the centerpiece of democracy yet only if others approve of wht is said, apparently. Somehow, we must stop trying to be offended by everything and simply let free speech actually be free. Has everyone forgotten the old "Sticks and Stones" ditty???

    November 29, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    The final paragraph outlines her qualifications; she will provide an excellent balance to the rest of the team.

    If Obama can overlook Leiberman's, Clinton's and McCain's comments during the campaign, Powers off air comments should not seen as a problem. Time to move on with the best minds available.

    November 29, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. vic

    I guess the truth hurts.....
    Anyway, welcome back, Samantha!

    November 29, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Texas Teacher

    oh, pray tell, commentators.... the old Texas teacher has misspelled inflammatory! No doubt she has made other errors in her haste to submit the comment! Your forgiveness is begged! 🙂

    November 29, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. kirk in upstate new york

    One of america's top 100 thinkers...and to think ol Hillary might have a problem with her. Go figure.

    November 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. SBin KC

    I question rather or not Ms Powers should be on this team. Those kinds of remarks show lack of self control especially from one in such a responsible position.Really???.

    November 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. OMG


    The woman who said mean things about a political opponent is back!!


    November 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Larry C

    I don't think she would be good in the Obama administration, for any position, because of what her comments were, in the past. She is much more educated than that, to be making such crude remarks, especially if she is not going to get along with the Secretary of State,
    Hillary, which is probably the most intelligent individual for that position. We will start gaining respect throughout the world, get along with other countries, and make the world a much safer / better place,
    after Senator Clinton has been in this position for about a year, or so.

    Larry Coury
    Houston Texas

    November 29, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Vic

    Are you kidding me? In the Obama transition team on foreign policy? Hillary Clinton slated to be the next Secretary of State? This is remarkable idiocy on somebody's part. Either Hillary is out or this is a way for Obama to neutralize the effectiveness of Hillary. Either option seems exceedingly divisive at this time. Or maybe Hillary has a big forgiving heart and so does Obama. What do I know?

    November 29, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Drill, Baby, Drill - Idaho Falls

    SamANtha Coulter-Power

    November 29, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Janice

    To err is human; to forgive is divine.
    –Alexander Pope

    November 29, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. S. McCullough from Florida

    This is about bringing together the best people. There is no place for petty in-fighting. They have a country to run.

    November 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |

    »Interesting article/news...

    November 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. chuck

    So what?That was a praise. Let's move on.

    November 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. DC in New York City

    Cat Fight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Wanderer

    Samantha Power did tell the truth, could have told the truth, might have told the truth, or revealed at least half of the truth. For all politicians, this is not news at all. If we pay our attention to politics, we all knew it, too. Samantha was a politician. Therefore, she knew it better. It was not necessary for her to issue an apology.
    She did what all politicians have been doing.

    November 29, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Texas Teacher

    Oh, my.... Did she ever! *LOL* If you choose one, please let it be the corrected version. 🙂

    Corrected Version:

    Oh, my… and tut, tut….. After all the crap the McSame and McBarbie came engaged in, Ms. Powers is criticized for stepping over the line….. THEN apologizing AND resigning!

    Pray tell, WHEN will we hear an Apology for the ugly inflammatory language that came from the McCain Camp? As I recall, Sen. McCain gave one limp wristed back step to the mud slinging at ONE of his campaign stops…. maybe EVEN two when he raised his hands and said, "No, No, none of that!", but he NEVER put a muzzle on HIS pit bull dog, Palin. Even recently he praised her for her part in the campaign and her political future!

    You can BET that Obama DID reign in Ms. Powers! And it was done quietly without a big fuss, because it was not just a ploy to gain more press.... but a sign of how Obama handles things!

    We have done well electing Barack Obama for President! And time will prove me correct! 🙂

    So get over it, Repubs...... Seriously.... YOU LOST! Suck it up, and let's get on with it! 🙂

    November 29, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Ruth in Arizona

    Maybe she should stay in schoo l. She is to full of herself. When you start pointing fingers at others you will always find that there are more that one finger pointing at you.

    November 29, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Ken

    ...and THANK GOODNESS! Her mind and perspective will benefit our country greatly over the next four years! And if making insulting comments precluded people from serving in public office, then NO ONE would be able to serve there.

    November 29, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. GuyinIowa

    "great thinker"? Umm.. obviously she isn't too smart.

    November 29, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Dorothy in NC

    If Powers is one of America's top thinkers, perhaps she should think before she talks.

    November 29, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    Ah the beauty of being able to forgive 🙂 That's America.

    November 29, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. dejah thoris

    She either lied when she called Clinton a monster or she lied when she apologized and said she admired Clinton. Why is a liar being allowed anywhere near the White House?

    November 29, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. California Gold

    True it was imappropriate for her to discuss her opinions about a rival candidate when she was on another candidate's team. True Clinton was acting like a "monster" and someone who "is stooping to anything." Clinton lied through her teeth exaggerating her experience as First Lady, e.g. running across the tarmack in a hail of bullets and dimissed reports to the contrary until confronted with video and still images. Pictures don't lie, but Hillary kept on. Indeed that does qualify as "stooping to anything" to give herself an "edge" and added to her fictional accounts. In the end Clinton cost herself her nomination.

    November 29, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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