March 7th, 2008
02:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama adviser resigns over comment

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Power has resigned her position with the campaign."](CNN) - Samantha Power has resigned her position from Barack Obama's campaign after calling Hillary Clinton a 'monster,' the Illinois senator's campaign announced.

“With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today," Power said in a statement issued by the campaign. "Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."

The Obama campaign said that the decision was Power’s, and stressed that “she was an adviser, not a paid staffer.”

"She made the decision to resign and we accepted," said communications director Robert Gibbs.

Earlier in the day, the Clinton campaign had called for Obama to end Power's association with his campaign.

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soundoff (786 Responses)
  1. Indocrat

    Hey Samantha Power, listen to yourself and look in the mirror, and realize how this is the pot calling the kettle black... even though Senator Clinton may be more of monster...

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Alex

    Hillary is pushing the whole country to the back of the bus. Don't let this happen.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Neutral

    This is all plan by Obama to show how clean he is ....first prompt your people to go negative and than say you regret it...who is hypocrite here....

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Sandra

    CNN please update the public on NAFTA-gate and the Peter Paul issue.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Tim, DC

    Apparently being a professor at Harvard doesn't mean you are intelligent. C'mon Obama get your mojo back!

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. bernj

    While I understand the need for the "resignation" I fully agree with her comments.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. LG

    Well, isn't she a monster? I can't wait til Laura Bush decides to run for President in 2012!

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Patricia

    She's a monter!

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. An Agnostic Democrat

    Gee, I wonder if Penn and Wolfson shouldn't consider the same move.
    And while they're at it, take that weasel Lanny Davis with 'em. How can anyone not smell the sleaze and stench in that Clinton campaign? Karl Rove must be in all of their wet dreams or they in his.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Interesting

    I'm an Obama supporter, but if he does make a decisive stand soon, he should quit. He is playing into the trap Hillary has set. Before he would call camp Clinton every they played old politics. Now he's letting her control every news day. Hillary lost the elections & can only win thru playing media perception. If he's not smart enough to handle this, then maybe she should be the nominee.
    Also, How do we get rid of Howard Dean?

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Eva

    There is a difference in characterizing someone a monster and stating that she will stoop to anything – these are not truth and she has no basis for making those statements. Her goal was clearly to defame Senator Clinton, who has the most positive image abroad.

    Characterising Obama as Ken Starr is an accurate characterization. He pushes and pushes so he can detract from himself. Instead of answer the questions voters have about what he means by "change," what is his relationship with Rezko, what really happened in Canada and don't the Rezko and Canada fiascos show poor judgement, he goes on the offensive and attacks Senator Clinton. The reason he lost Ohio and Texas has nothing to do with what Senator Clinton did, but with what he did not do. The minute he takes responsiblities for his losses, the sooner he'll recover. Wha, wha, wha, wha – that's Obama's anthem and that of his supporters who cannot tell you, specifically, why they support him except for some pie in the sky notion that change will just occur and that experience is not necessary to run our country.

    March 7, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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