Power recalls 'monster' comment, working with Hillary Clinton
October 3rd, 2013
11:39 AM ET
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Power recalls 'monster' comment, working with Hillary Clinton

(CNN) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said she has regretted calling then-Sen. Hillary Clinton a "monster" nearly every day since she made the comment in the 2008 primary battle when Power worked as an adviser to then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

"There is a fair amount of negativity heaped upon her that I find massively unfair. And the idea that I could have contributed in some way to that narrative...that was terrible. So yeah, I have regretted it pretty much every day since," she said in an interview that aired Thursday on NBC's "Today."

Power apologized for her comments in March 2008 after they were published in a Scottish newspaper.

"She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything," Power was quoted as saying.

"You just look at her and think, 'Ergh,' " Power also said. "But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."

Power resigned from the Obama campaign after apologizing for the comments, and she apologized to Clinton personally. In the Thursday interview, she said "it was very emotional for me."

"To be able to say that in person was something that I'm immensely grateful to her to have given me that opportunity to do," she said.

Power went on to become the special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council during Obama's first term. She left the administration in February and was nominated for the ambassadorship in June.

In the Thursday interview, Power said she and Clinton have "worked together very effectively on issues of common concern the last four years."


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Lady BEFORE you call anyone a monster, take a good look in the mirror and pray it doesn't explode, let alone crack.

    October 3, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Jean

    uh-oh, O's time is going to be up soon and Powers wants a job so of course she regrets calling Hils a monster – OMG the word politician is synonymous with liar and hypocrite no matter if you are dem or repub. They are the most untrustworthy, disengenuous group of people I have ever seen (with main-stream media "journalists" following a very short footstep behind)..

    October 3, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. just saying

    yeah, these types always regret it when the truth slips from their lying lips.

    October 3, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Cephus

    It's always good to evaluate ourselves and apologize whenever necessary, kudos Powers for taking responsibility of your action.

    October 3, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    "truth slips from lying lips"?????????? How is that possible?
    just sayin

    October 3, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Flagship, NC

    Powers needs to start working towards another career, 2016 will be here sooner than you know.

    October 3, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. just saying

    onymous
    "truth slips from lying lips"?????????? How is that possible?
    just sayin
    ----

    never heard of a freudian slip?

    October 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything," Power was quoted as saying.
    --–

    Oh give me a freakin' break! This buffoon was working for somebody that was stooping to new lows, even calling Bill Clinton a racist. All of these Democrat's are monsters if you ask me. Liars, cheats, frauds, monsters not to be trusted. Obamacare is proof of that. Nothing but a pack of lies to the American people.

    October 3, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, that's how most Dems behave.........they are rude, crude, and nasty........across the board.

    October 3, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |