November 29th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
5 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. TJ Johnson

    To "Nate" and other hate-filled Obamaniacs, get real. Whether you like it or not, we will stay involved in our country even if we despise the jerk you elected for the White House. Obama is not the owner of the White House, and he will not be there on a permanent basis. And, if you want to fight about it, that's okay with me.

    November 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. John

    Yep, burry the hatchet...Hillary had a few nasty "zingers".

    Time to get to work.

    November 29, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Paco - Tucson, AZ

    "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."

    Looks like intelligence is 'the new black' in Washington.

    November 29, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Paco - Tucson, AZ

    "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."

    Looks like intelligence is 'the new black' in Washington.

    November 29, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Wanderer

    Obama has run a different kind of campaign in the U.S. history. The way he ran was more in the righteous way than any other campaigns I knew in my adult life. Probably, some people out there didn’t want to recognize it or couldn’t accept this fact. I am not saying Obma will be a good president, I don’t know, honestly, because he has not officially started his job yet. One thing that I don’t understand is that why many Obama opponents already started criticizing him now. They also seem to already know that Obama will screw the country up. Are they fortuneteller? One thing I know for sure is that he is smarter than many his opponents, he understands what he is doing, and therefore, if he picks Samantha Power, he must have a good reason of why he picks Samantha. This reason must be as good as the one why he wanted Hillary to be in his cabinet.

    November 29, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. KJL

    Hillary has been known to behave like a monster. That being said, I think she could be a fine Secretary of State. Samantha Power has impressive credentials, but said something tactless. What's done is done. Now everyone should brush the chips off their shoulders and get to work.

    November 29, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. ObamaSupporter67

    Regarding Clinton being named Secretary of State: I'm reminded of a famous line from The Godfather. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    November 29, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Ken

    To all neo-idiots like "Plolicy": after being so dumbfoundingly stupid as to elect G. Bush into office twice, and then to continue to defend him and his rightwing policies even as the unquestionable evidence of his incompetence and failures have mounted over the last 8 years, you can most certainly CHOKE on anything you don't like about President Obama. And count on this: as you choke and gag and provide us with your shrill, ignorant commentary, I will be celebrating your rightwing discomfort greatly......I will certainly be LMFAO at YOU!!!

    The utter ignorance and neo-tard delusion coming from ilk like Policy does not bode well for our great country. The stinking rightwing underbelly of America almost destroyed our country, even as they continued to tell us it wasn't their fault. Since there continue to be millions of 'people' who continue to believe that fairytale even in the face of all the evidence against it, it will come as no surprise to me that these same nitwits will go kicking and screaming into the improvement that the Obama adminsitration will bring to our country. I can only laugh at such stupidity.......but as I say, I will go even one-better than laugh, I will celebrate their self-induced discomfort...and I will wonder at God's ability to create quiasi-functional human beings with so few brain cells.

    November 29, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Samantha Power, you may have called Hillary a "monster" in the heat of a spirited campaign, but if Hillary becomes Secretary of State and you do it again, all the Pulitzers in the world won't save you!!!

    Believe it and know it!!!

    November 29, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Rachel

    I wonder what would happen if Hillary asked Ferraro to come one as part of her state staff. Hillary needs someone looking out for her with all the rabid Obama supporters and advisors salivating at the thought of her failing and them putting her in her place. I think this is a setup. I love the thought of Hillary as SOS but maybe she should stay in the senate and keep her foot on Obama's neck to keep his promises about healthcare. The same people that are screaming for all to be forgotten about the monster comment are the same people who wont forgive Bill for saying fairytale go figure. Hillary watch your back girl I think Obama has his hand raised ready to stick the knife in it.

    November 29, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. grahame

    So what!
    OOOOO, She made some disparaging remarks about Hillary Clinton. Any idea that this disqualifies her from being part of the Obama team is just plain stupid. What do you want people? Nice!!!!!!!!.................. or good at the job. And anyway when was politics nice. Not only that but it's true what she said a Hillary stopping at nothing to get what she wants. That just makes her like any other politician. Altruists need not apply for the post.

    November 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. We are one

    Why do Democrats and Republicans hate each other?

    November 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. dEMOBRAT

    "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."

    I think that comment is unattractive.

    November 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. grahame

    There's something wrong with your post box CNN.
    Many of the sentences are chopped off resulting in
    making the issues unclear. Please fix

    November 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Lori

    Didn't John McCain call Chelsea Clinton 'ugly' at one time? And that is Hillary's child. I know that John McCain lost so how cares what he has to say but why don' t the conservatives focus on that instead?

    November 29, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Hilary went almost into republican territory as far as dirty campaigning runs. I believe in Obama though and I will support him. He is going to need it. The right wing hate machine will do anything to discredit him they always put party before country.

    November 29, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Rachel

    People kill me. Obama and his advisors tried to ruin Bill and Hillary's reputation in the black community while Obama got away with calling his grandma a typical white person.(imagine if Bill had called someone a typical black person) People just wanted Hillary to be a good little girl and step out of the way and when she didn't the labeled her a monster. Imagiine the audacity of Hillary to keep running until the end of the primaries and wanting all states to have their votes cast and counted I mean really what does she think this is a democracy where there is suppose to be one vote per person and that she has a right to run until the end of the primary. The nerve hun.

    November 29, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. MD

    Ahhh...How everyone seems to know better than Obama!!!

    So far Obama has proved himself to be the most intelligent person who has run for presidency in over half a century. He has brought the same surgical precision he ran his campaign with to his transition period. He has tapped the very best in every field. My guess is that he will have the easiest time of all presidents in modern history for confirmations.

    Having said that, if Obama thinks that HRC is the right person to be First Diplomat, then I revel in the comfort that Obama knows exactly what he is doing.

    I wish people would have given Bush pointers. He sure needed them. Obama doesn't.

    November 29, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Pete Collins

    When you're right, you're right! Everything Samantha Power said about Hillary Clinton is true.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton actually and openly wished out loud for someone to literally do away with Barack Obama so she could become the nominee. I believe her words were, "...Bobby Kennedy wasn't killed until June, so why should I drop out now?" That was in March, as I recall.
    Hillary Clinton is a very nasty person who will say and do anything to further her own ambitions.

    November 29, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. y

    I welcome this moe. She is really intelligent. Plus, she is sexy. lol

    November 29, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. John

    Powers actually spoke the truth, just the Clinton fanetics can't admit it. Clinton is all for momentary egoistic spark to excite, to agitate, to arouse exciting intoxication. She is for money and fame. We need to get her out of sight.

    November 29, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Jon

    Lets take a real look at what is going on . the "RIGHT" with the whitehoods have already blamed everything on Obama from the stockmarket to people loosing their homes. It's hard to see how anyone with a brain can say anything bad about him as President since he has not even stepped in the Oval office. Who whould you want helping him at this time "JOE THE PLUMMER" or Gov. Palin. is this the change you want .

    November 29, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Ken

    I am sure that given the situation as it is, they both will be able to work together and get the people's work done.

    Both are professional people and now working as a team. The past is the past! Let it stay in the past!

    November 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. susants

    So glad to see Miss Powell back.
    Hope she can help control the Diva Duo in State. It will be a nightmare for all of us, but expecially the new President.

    November 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Hillary to cut her off at the knees----

    Hillary is unlikely to forget this b-- calling her a "Monster"-and with the power she has as Sec. of State, expect this woman to fall-–the Clintons always get even--

    November 29, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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