March 7th, 2008
02:21 PM ET
13 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. Mercedes

    Now is time for Howard Wolfson to resign for call Obama, Ken Starr. Get Out!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. VP

    Get rid of the people who play the old politics. But I agree to her comments about Clinton thought

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. d-stuff


    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. carlo

    Now lets see if Wolfson "resigns". He won't, trust me. Hillary is NEVER accountable for her actions, isn't that right CNN?

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Will WOlson resign after calling Barack "Kenneth Starr"? Samantha spoke the TRUTH- and Wolfson and the Clinton campaign continually LIES.

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Charlotte

    That takes the ball out of his court. Good move on her part, I doubt if he would have let her go hinself.

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. clinton

    looks to me that when barack obama makes a promise he keeps them. That is more than i can say for hillary

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Good

    She should have been fired by Obama. Why wasn't she?

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Good, no time wasted Obama, that is exactly how you do it.

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. kevin from alaska

    Power also said in the interview: "she is stooping to anything."

    Power should have left her comments at that because it is the truth. The "monster" comment was uncalled for. That is also the truth.

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Cecil

    That was the right thing to do.

    Case close!

    Obama 08

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Jim

    Too late, Obama. Your campaign went negative!

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Think - FL

    Boooooooooooo! Give me a break. She shouldn't have to resign for speaking the truth. I agree that it hurts her to be caught on record saying it, but still.

    Hillary IS being a monster. She and Bill always have been when it comes to their political lives and careers. They make it out to be all about their supporters and the American people, but it's really just about their name and legacy.

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Trish

    Hillary Clinton IS A MONSTER! Actually she's a TWO FACED, LIAR, HYPOCRITE MONSTER! So, just calling her MONSTER is TOO NICE.

    Look at how she treated her opponent from the start, yelling & screaming, belittling, lying about NAFTA so she could win in OHIO, crying, telling people she'd rather side with McCain than Obama, and democrats have the nerve to accuse Republicans as nasty.

    McCain & Huckabee compete honorably. The Clintons ONLY care about THEMSELVES, that's WHY they'll DO ANYTHING AND CAN STOOP AS LOW AS POSSIBLE TO WIN. What's surprising about that?

    That's why MY FELLOW REPUBLICANS, VOTE for HILLARY CLINTON. Make sure she gets the nomination, JOHN MCCAIN will BEAT HER hands down & The Repulicans WILL TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE in 2009. THIS IS WAY...TO EASY!!!

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Gary in CT

    See there – a candidate that keeps his word. And he has the decency to at least give her the appearance of resigning instead of being fired.

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Keith, GA

    You're joking right? Good for Obama's campaign for sticking to its word, but c'mon... "monster?" This is for the president of the United States, not president of the student council.

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Changing times

    Too Bad she was telling the truth!!! Obama is an honorable man with dignity and integrity and brilliance.

    Obama supporters unite behind this phenomenal man who is desperately trying to bring dignity, pride and integrity to America.
    With the help of democrats, republicans and independents who are sick of negativity and shame. Stand up for this true American who so has withstood the slimy politics on now.

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. hopeful realist

    seems like that's nothing compared to the crap hillary regularly slings his way

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. JKH

    Now how is he supposed to know what to do if something happens in a foreign country? This was one of his "best top" foreign advisors. Makes you wonder about the intelligence of his other "top" ones.

    Anyone else getting scared and wondering how we ended up at this point? Maybe people should have started looking at ALL the candidates at the beginning instead of just now looking at them. We let the good ones go and kep the unelectable two.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. mike

    When will we see Hillary step up and let lose some of the losers she has running her pitiful excuse of a campaign? It is to bad that the American public doesn't respond to a cleaner politics that Obama wants to run. It is the sleaze in Politics that always prevails.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. David

    That is the sign of a GREAT LEADER, he stands besides his words.
    I do not agree with her judgement, even though Hillary is playing dirty politics and she will not get the nomination.

    Obama Your the BOSS!!

    You can't allow your junior staff supervise you. You have the vision and know how, What Hillary?


    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Kevin,FL

    She had to resign.. period!

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. jean ali belton, mo.

    hillary is a slick monster after slick bill

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. If not Obama, then McCain/Rice '08

    Another casualty of the hate and negative rhetoric spewed by the Clinton camp. She is a monster, in every aspect of the word. Ms. Powers, thank you for saying what millions of us democrats feel. We are sorry you had to fall on the sword for us, but you did the right thing in calling that monster what she truly is.

    Now, will the monster's camp fire all of the aides they have who have insulted Mr. Obama throughout the primaries? I think not. Mosters have no heart, no character, no empathy.

    The monster and her supporters only want a victory that will never occur.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Dave, PA

    She should have been FIRED. The Obama campaign colors are starting to truly show. The only reason they believe she is a monster is because they are so intimidated by her.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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