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. Perusing-Through


    In light of President-Elect Obama's forgiveness of Senator Lieberman for being the Party's Benedict Arnold, an act of forgiveness by Obama that "chilled the heels" of those who were rightfully ready to "politically lynch" Lieberman for his disgusting & disparaging remarks; – – – – – – I would say Samantha Power's return to the "Good Ship Obama" is both a heartwarming and welcomed addition to the transition efforts. Any other view of her return is a non-starter.

    Go OBAMA-BIDEN!!! Let's get this party started!!

    November 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. toyin isijola

    Change has come to America. Unfortunately for some of us, Samantha is part of that change. I hope the best for Obama but it seems more and more like he's George Bush 3.0.

    November 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. arlene, CA

    I welcome her back. I like all of Obama's picks except Hillary Clinton for SOS. She is a proven liar with no credability. Remarks about landing in Bosina under sniper fire, that is a seriously disturbing lie for a S0S to make plus exaggerating all of her so called foreign policy experience. She tried everything possible to destroy Obama in the primary, so I don't see how anything Powers said can be held against her. She does speak the truth. I do hope she gets approved for this spot.

    November 29, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    She was not kidding. Obama picking all old Clinton re treads has released the monster on America again starting 20 Jan 2009

    November 29, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Speider

    Clinton WAS acting like a monster. Politics made Power apologize but truth made her right. I'm personally glad to have someone who could speak the truth in a game of half-truths and having Clinton as Secretary of State is probably also part of the political game that no man or woman can escape.

    November 29, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. jimmie brenner

    "Ride, Sally Ride." BIG MISTAKE JUST AROUND THE CORNER. No one can contain HC. I hope your helpers didn't steer you wrong BO. It hasn't been announced yet, so I've still got hope. As for ,Powers, you have surrounded yourself with a bunch of experience, we, the 53% that voted for you, hope and pray you can pull it off . There is enough blame to go around. jb

    November 29, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Maggie Muggins

    Reading these blogs about an article with little or no relevance to what is going on in America and the world today and GOP trolls jump all over it just to spew hate against their in coming President.

    I would suggest all those who are intent on degrading Obama before he even takes office take stock of where the U.S. ranks today in relation to the other countries in the world on all major items.

    Once you do the research and see the U.S. ranks either just above or in some areas below third world countries then maybe you will realize the problems you are facing and the need to get over the petty politics that seems to be driving these comments.

    The fact is George Bush and the Republican party have taken you to the point you are at right now and believe me it's nothing to be proud of no matter what your poltics.

    November 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Al, California

    Good to have there a highly intelligent honest person. And, again, somebody who really knows Hillary.

    November 29, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Gazing into the fishbowl

    Perhaps it would be best for Senator Clinton to remain in the Senate, and bide her time. More and more it seems the appointment to Secretary of State is not one of respect, but one of control on the part of Obama's team. Although I think she would be superb in the role, it may not be in her best interest politically to accept the job.

    November 29, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |

    As much as I like and support President-Elect Obama, I dislike his choice Hillary Clinton close to anything he is doing.

    November 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |






    November 29, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. HouseDiva

    I find it funny that the neo cons in here who have called Hillary worst names than a monster have the nerve to come in here and hate on Power for what she said.

    So what? she called Hillary a monster.....waaaah, shut up!

    She said nothing sexist, or call her anything profane, and she stepped down from the campaign for it. Obama wanted to have a positive campaign; Power understood that, and she did what she had to do to save face.

    Good Obama brought her back; she said nothing wrong in the first place

    November 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. nate

    Em Hunt: Sit down and be quiet. This is OUR country now. Behave yourself if you want to keep living in it.

    November 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |

    Calm down Em Hunt.. its not that serious. People need stop being so petty and get with the program..

    OBAMA 12!!!!!

    November 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Al

    "Alongside her advocacy for Barack Obama's candidacy, Power is best known for her efforts to increase awareness with regard to genocide and human rights abuses, particularly the Darfur conflict. In 2006, she contributed to Screamers, a movie about the Darfur, Armenian, and other genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries."

    What a horrible person! Why would Obama want someone like this on his team? He needs more people in his cabinet to increase awareness of the plight of poor rich people who will suffer as a result of a small increase in their taxes.

    November 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Perusing-Through


    I can't remember the exact wording, but to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, "Thou shall not attack, trample, or destroy fellow party members; especially at the behest of the opponent party". First it was Hillary then it was Lieberman that broke the party commandments. Hillary did it when she publicly stated she and " . . .McCain (a Republican) had the credentials to lead the nation and all President-Elect Obama had is a speech from 2004".

    Yet Obama has saw fit to include Hillary in the nation's highest cabinet office as Secretary of State. If Hillary's "skunk-spitting, kitchen sink attacks" can be forgiven, then Samantha Powers comments is a non-starter. Time to move on!

    November 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Phoenix

    Obama promised change in the way business is done in Washington. It is amazing to me how people are criticizing a man who is not even in office yet. Name another president who has introduced his transition team in the same fashion as Obama. He introduces them to America, and helps us understand how they fit in line with his vision for the country.

    Em Hunt obviously your comment has racial undertones using phrases such as bro and sistah. If you believe Obama is that transparent, perhaps President Bush was equally transparent when he used God's name to reclaim the presidency, and used disguised racism to reclaim the presidency. Or perhaps, the blatant racism used by Palin/McCain was also transparent because it is obvious nothing gets past you.

    November 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. saint paul mn

    i do believe time and history will prove her right..

    that is what clinton is.. if you think bush was bad, wait until you see clinton waging a war against the arab world..
    i am sad and totally dissapointed at obama for picking her and bill

    did he not see all the lawsuits these people have coming adn have been sued for
    did he not see the money they take from bin laden's family?

    it is a shame

    November 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Aida

    As expected, Obama is making horrible choices. CHANGE – just words. HA,ha, ha. We warned you about the kool-aid kid. Vic, Lady DI and all the followers – you reap what you sow. Live with it for four years folks.

    November 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Peggy the Unemployed

    What Ms. Powers said about Hillary Clinton was hyperbole at its best. Things got said on both sides during the primary that both sides probably regret. I don't think Hillary is a monster, nor did she or her husband lie any more than most politicians. Barack Obama won't be president for almost 2 months and yet people are already second-guessing all of his choices. Give the man a chance.

    November 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Karen

    To those of you who are so horrified at Obama having the nerve to staff the government with his own choices without having the decency to call and ask your so well informed opinion. Get over yourselves. He won. He can forgive who he wants to, hire who he wants to and then fire who he wants to. I can't figure out what those of you with your nasty and vile comments want more - Obama to fail to prove your own variation of hate or another four years of the just "outstanding" job the current administration has done. Either way you sure seem to want to destroy this country.

    November 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Fabian

    Samantha Powers has done nothing wrong. She is extremely smart and probably knows the world better than Hillary Clinton. They both should work together in the State Department to actually do something meaningful for America and the world. I personally believe she is an amazing person, as for those who still complain about her comments she made long time ago, please get a life. Hillary made more crazy comments about Obama than any other candidate.

    November 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. J

    IF Billary becomes SOS, then we all now know who her first target will be.

    November 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Les

    This man is a gift from god.Why people don't let him rest. Obama just trying to do is job.Jesus forgive us, so why cant he forgive those.The truth is,he is not the one who are say those words.We must now try to teach the children of to day, to love one another,in stead of war.Take a look what happen India,It's all young men in their 20's killing people.We have to started to reach out to those youth. Let them know their is some thing out their for them. Look at Africa the low mind people,who are getting these young kids to go and fight for them.this his where these country as to start to make more school eor these young kids,make more trades school for kids,so that they cannot get in the hands of these terrorists.This is what the goverment off all country must do.

    November 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Matt B

    "In light of President-Elect Obama's forgiveness of Senator Lieberman for being the Party's Benedict Arnold,"

    Hahhaha, Perusing-Through, hopefully you were being sarcastic. If you think he "forgave" Lieberman, you are crazy. He's just smart enough to know that he needs Lieberman to have a chance at that magic number of 60!

    On top of that, you are the perfect example of what's wrong with this country. You want your politicians voting for party over principal. The Republicans did that and look where that got us. We need true moderates in office who vote their conscience. We should be thanking Lieberman, not calling him names.

    November 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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