November 29th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
5 months 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. Jo-Ann in New York

    CNN you could not post my comment...while you post the hateful racist comments I read.....come on....

    Obam is our President Elect...but yet you post the hateful negative comments from the racist people who don't like him just because he is a black man!!!

    WHY?????????????????????????????

    November 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. JAN

    3strikes...BTW you are the one that thinks PE Obama is a prophet! As an Obama supporter I have never thought about him as a messiah, prophet, Jesus or whatever, you all call him. Labelling "somebody" is a sign of insecurity...proven fact!

    November 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Mary

    Obama is not a puppet that you people think he is.......Watch and see him get the job done.......and I will laugh at all you HATERS...HE IS NOT THE PRESIDENT YET...REMEMBER WE STILL HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT ALL YOU PEOPLE VOTED FOR THE THE LAST 8 YEARS AND WE ARE IN THE WORSE SHAPE EVER...

    GIVE OBAMA A CHANCE...I AM ASHAMED HOW SOME YOU PEOPLE CALL YOURSELVES AMERICANS.....

    November 29, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Sara Shamili

    I think she was right and honest when she called Hillary a monster. But I am sorry that later she regretted her comment. I guess the reason was that she was forced to state that and then resign. It is good that she is back to Obama administration but if Hillary becomes SoS, then Samantha would be in real trouble because Hillary would get her revenge. Clintons are famous for that. Some dead people can testify for it.

    November 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Obama Now More Than Ever

    Could the hatefest please end now? This woman has a right to her opinion. Hillary did run a nasty primary campagin. McCain and Palin ran the nastiest and most slanderous campaign in history. We the People are sick of it. If you cannot talk about the issues and what you will do and why we should vote for you then you should not run for office.

    I don't want to hear lies and distortions and slander against your opponent. It shows your lack of character and integrity. This woman resigned because Obama would not allow his camp to run a dirty campaign. Sometimes people say things they shouldn't in the heat of the moment. However, constant attacks, distortions of truth, and outright lies we saw the Republicans unsuccessfully use need to stop. The election is over and the Republican Party is still telling lies and tryng to keep their hatefest going.

    Obama is a good and decent man and he will be a great President. He has surrounded himself with intelligent and experienced people. He has a huge Republican disaster both economically at home and foreign relation and war nightmares to resolve. It will take all of us in support of OUR President to start to turn this nation around and actually return it to the TRUE values we used to know and could trust from our leaders.

    CNN – I don;t care what some person I never heard of said a year ago. If she is qualified for the position she is being given then great, Enough with the tabloid headlines. I thought you consider yourself a true news organization. The headline you used in this story actually had nothing to do with the substance of this story. Tabloid headlines do not become you.

    November 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. John

    I guess TIME magazine might be better labeled MAD magazine if they think that anybody who works with Obama is a "thinker" at all.

    November 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. No Hillary = No Obama

    The only thing that seems to matter to Obama is that he forms a transition team made up of the intelligencia. Nothing else matters to this narcissist.

    November 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Griff

    The only countries who will invest in America, is the Very Poor Countries... They will want much more in return for their input..
    No Reall investments will go into America, as long as Obama is playing King.. You elected a Buffoon...You w9ould not ne told..
    Who would really put their cash in a Bank Obama had control of????
    America is Nuts....

    November 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. C'mon!

    Powers was an Obama surrogate. She said exactly what she was told to by the Obama campaign. Now it's pay-back time, just as it is for all good little surrogates, such as Dashle and Richardson.

    November 29, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Griff

    I will still be around in 2012, CNN. I have a whole file on Barack Obama.... The worst Mistake America ever made?

    November 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. JFK

    Why is she back?

    November 29, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. HDRKID

    Maybe she means monsta in a good way? Like your latest hit, that song is a monsta!

    November 29, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Pat in IL

    Some of these negative comments are so far off base that they don't warrant even getting upset about. They are being made by non-thinking people who don't understand intentional, intelligent leadership when they see it. All they understand are the FOX News and Rush Limbaugh "sound bites". Think for yourselves, and think intelligently. No matter what party and no matter what foibles during an incredibly negatively heated campaign, Obama would be foolish to ignore real talent, and I trust him to use that talent wisely.

    November 29, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. C'mon!

    Really, CNN? Really looks like I've said it before? Well then POST IT, YOU FLAKES!

    Powers was an Obama surrogate. She said exactly what she was told to by the Obama campaign. Now it's pay-back time, just as it is for all good little surrogates, such as Dashle and Richardson.

    November 29, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Phoney Express

    Some of you people on this blog really need to just sign off. Has anyone talked to Obama to find out the real reason for hiring this woman? Has it ever occurred to any of you that there is probably a "real story" and a "real reason" that CNN does not know? CNN don't know everything. Neither does either of you! This is Obama's cabinet and he can chose whoever. He can hire Fred Flinstone and Barney Rubble as long as it helps to get us out of this mess we're in! Yabba Dabba Doo!

    I'm sure Powers and Clinton have had their hugs, kisses and apologies and it's all over with. Washington can't handle any more drama. So stop with the hankering and let's get this country moving. We have about 2 more months! Yippie Yie Yay!

    November 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Johnny V

    Good to see Ms. Powers back at work. No need to appease the traitorous PUMA group anymore.

    November 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Kaci

    I'm really tired of all the haters. Just leave the country. the rest of us REAL AMERICANS will support our president elect, whether we voted for him or not. You haters have no respect for the constitution or this country. LEAVE!

    November 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Griff

    Whatever Borack Obama pretends to do, will do nothing for America.
    Push it through Congress the man just said.. That's exactly what "YOU"....... YOU are trying to do with Obama... You Lost..
    Yep you "The Turkey"....

    November 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Gylon Barrow

    Thats all right honey, all is forgiven. I'll catch you later. Hillary.

    November 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. William F. Slater, III

    Great! I am glad that she is back and that there is some forgiveness on the part of the incoming Obama administration. Considering all the horrible things Hillary and Bill said about Barack Obama, what Ms Power said was small potatoes.

    http://206.126.230.92/who_is_barack_obama.htm

    November 29, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Griff

    Iraq!!!!!!! When Borack Obama bends with the Breeze, be prepared to Sneeze...
    America just got the Flue.....

    November 29, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. J

    @ Clinton 2012 Have you forgotten Bill & Hillary cleaning out all the items from the White House before they left off, apparently being thieves is okay with you
    @ all of you pro bamas – if he is soooo great and Honest – why will he not produce his birth certificate, why won't he explain where the money for his elite education came from, He won because he took campaign money from sources he will not divulge. Honest is NOT a word I would give him. Don't you people realize that ANYONE new as President would have been "change". Obama did not invent the idea or the word !

    November 29, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Socialist Obama Hugger

    "Methinks" is one word, not two.

    November 29, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. kathie ann

    What is the matter with you people.........Hillary is the best person for this job, however she should have been Vice Presedent.

    November 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Daniel M

    I am speechless and puzzeled how these losers still can not see the light at the end of the tunnel! If you really open your eyes their is a light, don't be affraid to open it. Trust me. It is not going to hurt you accepting the first African American President, oh! by the way you don't have any other choice but to learn to live with this reality.
    CHANGE IS HERE, IT IS JUST JAN 20TH AWAY! I LOVE AMERICAN EVEN THE IDIOTS, WHO DOES NOT WANT A CHANGE.

    November 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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