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. Jim

    Texas Teacher i always enjoy your comments, thank you for explaining things in usually peaceful terms to these brats, its amazing, i mean Linda is have been letting loose for quite some time and whats amazing is you really havent said anything this last year on here, its all just rambling, please bring something to the table when you comment. Anyway, Obama is showing every sign that hes the guy we wanted, im so tired of the comments on here coming from people who probably couldnt tie their own shoes, the way they continue attacking as if the election isnt over, it just goes to show how brainwashed you were lmao. Get with the program is right!! bring history or fact to your points, life isnt cut and dry people. Thats why we didnt vote for the frat ticket. Not to mention about world events, obviously alot of you should read Obamas books to understand where hes coming from, where hes been, and how he would handle it, its not like the information isnt out there, stop being so lazy.

    November 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. SC

    Em Hunt,
    So, do you want Obama to pick outsider like Palin to make America look funny and stupid around the world? I think Palin alone is more than enough to make SNL funny and to keep American and people around the world entertained. Remember, it's not whom he picks. He can pick the smartest and brightest, who is wiling to follow up and fulfill his agenda. Change comes from his vision and agenda. Not the people he picks. I have nothing against it and don't see anything wrong with it. Period! I think you need to go away and post somewhere on Fox News if they let you do that. Just shut up and be quiet!

    November 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Diing in Washington

    I read her book in 2006 and immediately became a fan. What a profound undertaking by Samantha Power. Respect!

    November 29, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Proud Democrat

    I am really disappointed that President Elect Obama would hire this girl back and put her to work with the person she thinks of as a monster.

    If he owes her a favor and wants to pay her back then he should place her with Bill Richardson.

    This was a dumb move by the Obama team and only makes Obama appear untrustworthy.

    November 29, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. AB in ATL


    November 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. earle,florida

    I'm tired of Harvard,and Yale graduates/alumni pioneering,and engineering this countries domestic,and foreign policies.There postulated acculades,and Doctorates are nothing more than," Recycled Plagiarism" that has plagued former, and past administrations with run-away nepotism. Haven't we thousands of University's,and Colleges in this great country of ours? Unforunately we keep going to the,"same well" for our cool-aid. Mind-Set (PE Obama calls it Group-Think) is a phrase used by MacNamara during JFK's administration referencing the failed,"Bay of Pigs"covert invasion of Cuba (they all thought with-in the box;no independent thinkers) and it was a disastrous failure. Ironically we have alot of high-strung personalities all basically from the," No-Change Clinton Administration on Board" from A-Z with the only "Change " being PE Obama. The bottom line folks, PE Obama is acting more like a dating service administrator, rather than a President? PS, I love personally Princeton & USC........

    November 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Loretta

    Where is the CHANGE????

    November 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Mark NYC

    just shame full... I guess this is what people call change, just sounds like hate crimes to me.

    By the way how did Obama make all his money doing public service jobs????
    Real tax payers want to know.
    I fear this guy more than Bush!!!!!
    Very sad,

    November 29, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Dave

    Why would Obama have someone like this on his team? Because he has NO idea what he's doing, that's why.

    November 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Eileen

    Why didn't you people just elect Hillary? Obama is Clinton's third term. God help this country.

    November 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Peter (CA)

    Excuse me Joe Kiloz

    Those of us who follow these blogs know that you were one of the biggest critics of Obama during the campaign.

    So don't give us this "Obama remorse" spew. You never supported him. And...stop....the...childish....posting...OK.....?

    November 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. FreeNLovIt

    All these yap..yapp..yapping... if YOU can walk on water, then you can judge, otherwise, LET them work it among themselves. They cant be any worse than W, the self-proclaimed liberator of Iraq and America.

    November 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Brandon4Hillary

    Powers wont know what hit her with Hillary as Sec of State.

    Still glad i voted Mc Cain. Its nuts like powers that remind me everyday.

    Thanks for posting my comment cnn.

    November 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Robert Banger

    I am very pleased to see this. I was wondering what would happen to her. She is a very competent person and her insights will be valuable. We need all the sincere brainpower engaged and It shows that Mr Obama doesn’t propose a ‘0 forgiveness’ world going forward. We all need to get over the hyper-umbrage extend to others the slack we would appreciate getting.

    November 29, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. ovitshio Branco

    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 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Lynne

    I'm rooting for the monster. If BO's smart, he won't let this idiot Power speak publicly again. She obviously does not know the game. HRC will school her.

    November 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    Silence Dogwood: Seeing as the Republicans called Obama a maxist, unpatrotic, a Muslim....the list goes on....and he met these misrepresentations largely in silence, it proves he can take criticism and get on with things.

    Why isn't CNN reporting on the rules, laws and regulations that Bush is intending to enact before leaving office? These are much more newsworthy in trying to stir up controversy when no one is sure there is any.

    November 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Peter (CA)

    So, is this the first Presidential campaign you guys have seen?
    Well, let's look at some facts. #1: They all call each other some pretty awful stuff in order to get the nomination and then they usually come together for party unity. #2: They call each other some pretty awful stuff before the general election and then come together for the "good of the country".
    This includes not only the candidates themselves but all of their surrogates also. Note that John McCain hired the very same people who smeared him in 2000 to smear Obama in 2008.
    They are all politically minded and most of them probably have personality disorders.
    So, sorry folks, no story here.

    November 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    To Eileen

    Obama is not Clinton and not Bush. He is a man in his own rights. He has the best management team. He can think for himself. We have huge PROBLEMS in front of us and we'll need an effective mangement team to run the SHOW. Right now, to set us on course, we need the brain of Obama, the hands of the Clintons and the eyes of Gates and Jim Jones. This is AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

    November 29, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. J

    @Mark NYC – you are one of the few that has seen reality. Everyone seems to blame Bush for all the wrong BUT they are forgetting that it is CONGRESS under the rule of the DEMS that has put us in the mess we are in. And NOW we have a DEM for President. Really smart going. The next couple of years will really be trouble for us all.

    November 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    Obama = movement
    Clinton = doers
    Gates/Jones/Republicans = backbones

    November 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Jasmine in Germany

    Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be Secretary of State. That job requires a little bit more than what Clinton has to offer.

    November 29, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    To Eileen

    If you study WAR, when enemies or foes combine forces, they are more effective than when they are by themselves in fighting a common enemy. God bless the TRIOS. We need to stay calm and LIFT America together as ONE voice.

    November 29, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Clinton2012

    Hillary Clinton has been an amazing leader for this country. If people don't research her great accomplishments enough, then I suggest you do it, and gain a little bit more respect for her instead of talking in a way where you havent done research on her at all.

    Clinton – – – – -Will be future President Of The United States

    November 29, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Robert, LI

    you fool! the change is to set up an economic team to get us out of these condition.

    repair relationships across the globe. do not think we can do everything by ourself especially when other countries have similar interests as ours.

    let's not be foolish! the republicans would have continued the bush agenda.

    go Obama!

    November 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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