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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. spokane bob

    Both Clintons are monsters. Obama will be the next clinton to be impeached.

    November 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. jess

    Pathetic! This administration will fail miserably because of the poor judgement of the man who got elected. Now more than ever we see that he is s puppet, nothig but a puppet of the democrats. Makes me sick! Disgusting!

    November 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. paul oregon

    people get alife. just be thankful that bush, mccain, or PALIN is not
    on obamas team. talk abount 3 clue less air heads.

    americans ought to be proud of them selfs. when a sale becomes more important than a LIFE so sad. i have said for years there isnt
    any thing dumber then a human being !!!!!! if you think am wrong
    just keep you mouth shut and watch how people act in this world.

    November 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Alistair

    I like this move by bringing back Ms.Powers

    November 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    How about an apology from the McCain/Palin camp. Palin still talks negative about Obama and he is our president-elect but then again Palin doesn't recognize Alaska as being part of the U.S., she thinks she and her husband own it.

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

    I am SO HAPPY to see Samantha Power back. If Obama can overlook Hillary's numerous undiplomatic (to say the least) statements during the primary, then HRC should be able to forgive Power hers. Otherwise HRC is NOT a team player, and Obama should find another SoS.

    November 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Sezi Demirkilic`

    Obviously everyone says things sometimes when they aren't thinking clearly. Working for a politician should have made Powers more sensitive to what she is saying whether it was off the record or on. However, if Mr. Obama is fine with her then so be it. Hillary Clinton is a great lady and I don't see her not working together with Powers. Let us just leave the past behind and get on with the change! For all the Republicans who want to start a smear campaign... Remember Lieberman? He was forgiven! Pres. Elect Obama is a great man! Come on January!

    November 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Samantha was not the only one who made bad comments doing the campaign. If she can't be forgiven, what about the comments Clinton, Biden and others made. GROW UP PEOPLE!

    November 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Paul

    Hillary is a monster. The Clintons cannot be trusted.

    November 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    good.... and Hillary is no less a monster now than she was a few months back... a grasping power-hungry woman not to be trusted...


    November 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |


    Did you get the memo? The klan meeting will now be at 7pm. Don't forget we're wearing bedsheets tonight.

    November 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Flash Gorden /-\

    Can u say karma? I bet it will be rough on her to interact with the "monster" now!

    November 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Barbara in NC

    On second thought - a lot of you might NOT transition into Heaven, from the remarks you make on the blogs. After all, if you're prejudiced against a dark skinned person as president, you probably will reject a dark skinned Jesus.

    November 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Craig from NC

    Obama is the monster.

    November 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Ravi

    Samantha was dead right and proved right during the latter stages of the primaries. She is gifted and Obama should have her back.

    November 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Independent_me

    Welcome back, Samantha!
    You are a briliant woman who spoke truth to the situation at the time. Now it is time to let the past remain in the past. There is room at the table for you...Obama has shown his vision and wisdom in looking beyond what people said in the heat of the campaign to what they can legitimately bring to the table. This is, indeed, change we can believe in. I applaud Obama for putting this country first and choosing the best minds – regardless of what they uttered on the campaign trail!

    November 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. tk

    I respect Samansa Power on her own achievement, and do Mrs Clinton with her husand. Powers comments were too true at the moment. I believe both are qualified to play their role in the new administration. tk MI

    November 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Silence Dogood

    "If Obama can overlook Leiberman's, Clinton's and McCain's comments " – Why does everyone forget Obama's comments? This woman was an example of the clever mouthpieces he used. Her words WERE Obama's words.

    "Free speech is the centerpiece of democracy " – and let's see how this holds up when it comes time to question Obama. Is it OK to call him a monster, in the interest of free speech?

    November 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Yam Jansen

    "Another example of this man not meaning a word of what he says. He knew he was going to bring her back.."

    Really? You know this how?

    "Ms. Powers was the most undiplomatic figure in the entire 2008 campaign."

    Oh, please. She's not even in the top ten.

    "She either lied when she called Clinton a monster or she lied when she apologized and said she admired Clinton."

    Or, she meant both.

    "Why is a liar being allowed anywhere near the White House?"

    Yeah! Let the current liars vacate first!

    November 29, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. observer

    She was right about HRC's campaign though. Give her a break, afterall she simply spoke the truth.!

    November 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Independent_me

    Shannon –
    I pity your small-mindness and that of people such as yourself who would rather hold grudges and overlook the talents that all of these people bring to the table. Obama has forgiven Joe Lieberman who betrayed him and the Democratic party, and lied about him repeatedly. He has chosen to forgive Clinton, who also chose the low road in campaigning against him.

    He is interested in the raw talents and experience that all of these people bring to the table. He does not hold grudges, and if Clinton was offended, she should not hold grudges either because she did and said worst things against Obama... and he forgave her. Put aside your pettiness and anger, Shannon. Try forgiveness, and put the nation first! This is far more than Bush ever did!!!

    November 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. spokane bob

    Gotta love CNN. They do not believe in free speech and won't allow any anti Nobama discussion. Both Clintons are monsters and Nobama will be the 2nd Clinton to be impeached.

    November 29, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Not a hater

    To the poster who demands an apology from McSame and McBarbie supporters...

    November 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Mobius

    Very nice. ANOTHER Junior Senator with ZERO practical experience taking an important post in our Government. That's change...I guess.

    November 29, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Weareallfamily

    too bad to see Cnn stooping to this level of journalism. This seems like a desperate atempt to stir up disputes and controversy where it should not exist. Obama has dozens or more foreign policy advisers some of whom probably supported clinton in the primaries. how about some real news.

    November 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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