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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  1. Jack

    Obama/Rezko '08: "Change without experience"

    March 7, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. NYC Democrat

    How convenient that Ms. Power has resigned before Obama had the chance to actually fire her. Doesn't change the fact that his campaign has back-peddled on his promise of "change" in politics. She should have been let go the very same day.

    March 7, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Amy

    The damage is all ready done... this happened over a week ago and Obama let the news story break before handling the situation... how is the democratic party going to unite??? this is getting out of control… they have both lost control over their staff because of all of the negative remarks...

    March 7, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. concern person

    i remember her saying if you can't stand the heat than get out of the kitchen, maybe she should take her own advice go obama

    March 7, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. dana west

    Hillary is a monster, she is the worst kind, she suffers from

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. CG

    Good move. The story should not be her–it should be Obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. John



    Hillary Clinton has proven she can win the big states that are the must wins for the Dems in November.

    If you can't win in Ohio, you can't win the Presidency. In Ohio, Obama outspent Hillary 3 to 1 yet still won only 5 out of 88 counties in Ohio. Those counties with large black voting blocks, the only voting group that Obama won.

    Obama is unelectable. It's time for him to exit the race.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Cameron

    Hillary is not a monster and should not have been called one. Although her comments may have been what she felt at the time, this is politics and personal opinions should be put aside. Voters need to think about what is best for this country. But, if Obama wants to win this nomination, he cannot go negative. He has built his campaign on the "new politics" and therefore if he goes negative, he throws that theory out the door.
    Hillary is going to put up a good fight all the way to the convention. She is going to work to seat Florida and Michigan delagates and she is going to push to het the highest number of delagates possible in Pennsylvania and the other states. Obama cannot give up and he cannot go negative.
    People believe hat this is hurting the Democratic party... nonsense!
    We have the media's attention, we have voters coming out in record numbers and we are going to win the White House.
    Obama stay strong and Hillary stick to your determination!
    May the best candidate win...or both!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Errol

    You have got to be kidding me. The Clintons are worse than MONSTERS.

    They are now lying, stealing, cheating their way through this election and Americans again are showing how dumb they are to support this power hungry couple.

    Yes folks, they are just getting started.

    Hillary Clinton could never Carry Samantha Power's notebook.

    I am with you Samanatha, America's loss.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Mel

    Voters should be aware that if Hilary won the nomination...
    This is equal two a third term of the republican...many voters will rather vote for McCain than for Clinton...

    I know she is trying to have Barack on her ticket to cool down the unhappiness that people have toward her...but it would not help...

    The clintons are thinking too much for is so evident...

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. John

    She NEVER worked for him... she was a VOLUNTEER... he never PAID her. Can't you guys READ ENGLISH... I hate when people make things out to be more than it its. She obviously went too far and they don't wanna hurt Obama's "good shepherd" image. I'm sorry, but I'd rather a monster in office than a "nice" "hopeful" "change" seeking president. Do you really think Iran's or North Korea's Presidents are gonna wanna listen to some fake preacher?... HA!

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. F.

    trish, you dont know how wrong you are...your talking about obama, not hillary...

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. annie b

    yay! that was a stupid thing to say. guess foreign policy continues to be an ish for senator obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. shane

    This obama adviser reportedly "resigned". lol! Okay, ill believe that when mike vick gets the "dog owner of the year" award. Come on people, this lady was FIRED by BARACK OBAMA! ANd rightfully so.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Cole

    It's a shame Ms. Power made those statements, because I had watched her on The Charlie Rose show and I was happy she was an foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. It's just sad.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Rod

    I'm glad that Obama is running a campaign that still believes in an ethical campaign process. Obviously his competition has no ethics but at least we have a stand up guy who believes in his message and wants the best for this nation going for the Presidency. I think it is important to note that Samantha Powers even though she may be totally correct about Senator Clinton is doing the right thing by leaving the campaign. She will be missed but real change and a valid moral and ethical fight to the nomination is something we can all be proud of. You did good a good job Samantha and it is good to know that mistakes can happen and that we can learn from them and move on.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Sharon

    Okay, it appears as though politicians are politicians even if they claim not to be. Tensions run high when so much is at stake and a candidate can not always control what advisors or staff will say. I think this type of stuff just goes to prove that it is not possible to create a new type of politics. Human nature is human nature, people get hurt feelings, people say inappropriate things. If Christianity hasn't been able to prevent people from sinning, I doubt if Senator Obama can.

    Oh, and by the way, I think there is a difference between the Ken Starr and monster comments. Ken Starr is after all just a person who demanded documents from the Clintons. A monster and the rest of the advisor's comments about Sen. Clinton were deeply personal and low.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Rajiv

    Unfortunately, the truth is the truth. Hillary Clinton is showing herself to being a women obsessed with winning at NO cost. The party will suffer beacuse of this infighting, she should just give up and let the people's choice (Barak) fight on to become the President. Clinton is part of the same washington that has created too many problems in the world!

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. William-NWI

    This is just Political retoric. The media loves it.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Chris

    Clinton IS a monster... so they can call Obama "Ken Star" Like??? The Clinton's will do ANYTHING to get elected.

    Pople of the country WAKE UP!!!

    We must elect Obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Canuk

    Good grief who is she to call for someones firing maybe wolfson should be let go as well for the Ken star remark
    There she is cozying up to john McCain does that look for the democratic race in the fall!

    heads are going to roll up here over NAFTAgate.CBC said last night
    this is very serious for the Harper gov!
    The Canadian Press said that Mr. Brodie PM Stephen Harpers chief of staff did more than talk about the budget. According to the news agency, he also told a group of CTV employees that the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York had contacted the Canadian government and told it “not to worry” about her promise to reopen the trade agreement and that reporters in the room heard him
    say the Clinton Camp told them *take the political talk with a grain of salt*!!
    Unfortunately CNN chose not to make a big deal out of *this* on their headlines
    they certainly did make a *big deal*out of it when it came to Obama
    before the Ohio and Texas primaries!
    Hmmm maybe she is a monster the way she wheels and deals

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Christopher in GA

    For all of you who are backing Obama and believing in his politics, why are you bashing Hillary Clinton. If you truly believe in him you would not fall into the politics that you say Hillary is in by name calling and bashing her.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. dwight

    obviously she was fired! when a president's cabinet member resigns does any really believe they are resigning? Of course not, it means they were fired.

    March 7, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Chuck

    It looks like Obama and his campaign are just like Hillary.
    Is this the change Obama talks about? Rezko, NAFTAgate, Hope he can't deliver.
    It's about time the MSM brings out the negative about Obama, and the SNL bit was priceless.

    March 7, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Tired of This

    "Why wasn't she fired by Obama?"

    First, you can't fired someone who was never hired as a paid staffer.

    Secondly, Hillary didn't "fire" her husband after the racist comments he made.

    Last but not least, WAY 2 GO OBAMA!!! Good to see someone who keeps their promises. Stay on the high ground, we got your back!!!!!

    Just a note, I really wish the media would stop allowing Hillary to make or change the rules. How easy we forget she just lost 11 in a row, then wins Ohio and Obama's in trouble?????? How about No.

    OBAMA 08'

    March 7, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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