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. Richard from Colorado

    If Obama really wanted to make a statement he would have fired her in stead of letting her resign. He's weak and doesn't know how to play politics. I can lonly imagine if he were elected how poorly he would fare against the likes of Chavez or Putin.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Jade in San Francisco

    Samantha Power used to teach Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School. She's a very knowledgeable person about politics. It's unfortunate that she had to resign after calling Hillary Clinton a "Monster". I don't see anything wrong with that statement at all.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Ellen

    Barack is always 1 large step above Hillary when it comes to ethics. This is so shocking ... not!

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. jenniferaz

    Powers did the honorable thing, calling a candidate a "monster" and cussing during an interview is not how any top campaign official should conduct his or her self.

    This ugliness is getting old. Senator Clinton is a strong and viable candidate and the unsavory comments on this page can only lead to further bad blood within the Democratic party.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Dawn in MN

    I can't believe I was stupid enough to have backed Hillary at one time. But, NO MORE! She IS a monster and I renounce and reject her! So will other democrats who wanted to proudly elect a president that would clean up after the Bush mess.

    I would urge the so called "superdelegates" to renounce and reject Hillary as soon as possible before she completely ruins the chances for a democrat to be elected president in 2008.
    Women should unite against Hillary Monster Clinton before she ruins the future chances of decent women in politics.

    We must elect a president that will let us all be proud of our nation once again. We desperately need to get out of the gutter and we can't get there with Hillary who would rather support McCain. Her monster-like power trip needs to end.

    I proudly support Barack Obama for President. He is the way out of the mess of the Clinton-Bush-McCain era.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Suellen

    Why is the "empress has no clothes on" moment politically unacceptable? In the dictionary, a "monster" is defined as an evil person who invokes horror or disgust. For a lot of us, that describes Mrs. Clinton for sure. No one should have to apologize for speaking the truth.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. maya

    Lots of newbie mistakes from the Obama camp. And get real- comparing a comment about Ken Starr with a monster?!!! This advisor was waaaay out of line. Between this and NAFTAgate, it seems that Obama can't control his advisors (or, as many of us have suspected, is it that "advisors" have been controlling Obama all along- just like good ole George W)...

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. HillBuzz

    I would seriously love to hear how Obama supporters justify the bittnerness and nastiness coming out of the Obama campaign - if he is supposed to change politics and be a new politician of hope, shouldn't his campaign hold itself to a high standard, or any standard. At least find a Harvard professor who does not drop the f-bomb in the international press.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Cleveland, Ohio

    This is the difference between the candidates. Obama disciplines those who play dirty and negative..Clinton rewards them

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Byron


    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Katy Hill Prescott Az.


    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Alex H

    If you really want to know what kind of person Hillary Clinton is...


    This is how she has treated her opponents... from day 1.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Katie

    The problem with Americans nowadays is that, having gone for so long (how many years now with the Bush/Clinton dynasties?) through sleazy, win-at-all-costs politics, they cannot recognize honest, decent politicians even when they see one. I think that's what is happening now. Obama's new refreshing style is so foreign to them, so much that they consider him a FOREIGN. The fact that so many eager women being so caught up in this first-woman-president-ever fever and willing to nominate one AT ALL COSTS including breaking up the Democratic Party (that's what Hillary's price is, unfortunately). If the difference between the two camps highlighted by this resigning incident is not recognizable by Clinton supporters, nothing will. Obama just needs to be as dirty as Clinton. But does he have the will and guts to do that?

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Zina

    Obama is an honorable man. It is now clear that he doesn't tolerate indecency in his campaign, and will not tolerate it in his administration.

    Hillary's staffers run wild and put down Obama at every turn. I wonder if HRC will stand on the same principles as Barack.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Benoit

    Now that this story is closed, can we please focuse on the fact that Hillary Clinton still refuses to release her tax returns (documents that will show the fortune she got from lobbyists) and that she still does'nt cooperate to release her White House records (documents that will show that most of her experience as first lady comes from meetings with lobbyists in the white house and eating cookies and drinking tea while visiting other countries).

    However, it is true that Hillary Clintons and her pundits are political monsters who will stop to anything to win. Now Hillary Clintons and her pundits should resign for comparing Barack Obama to Ken Starr, for lying, for misleading, etc.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Lesley, Texas

    Now, Clinton should do the honorable thing and have Howard Wolfson resign. Fair is fair right?

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. sacto joe

    To clarify: The "Howard Dean Attack Machine" is the Republican machine that will be attacking Howard Dean for resisting counting the "votes" in Florida and Michigan.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. GoranT

    I thought "off the record" meant it's off the record and isn't authorised for print....I guess that doesn't apply to Scotland...but regardless of that, the rethoric of fear the Clinton campaign is so cosy with is something you don't need a tenure at Harvard to be repelled by. The lady is right and not by far alone in her judgment. If I remember correctly, Carl Bernstein put it that Hillary has an inconvinient relationship with the truth. The man knew what he was talking about:)

    Go OBAMA 08!

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. From DC

    Look at her. Who looks more like a monster? Look at those hatred. She looks like Mr. O's grandma in Kenya who was not happy with the Tue's result (it was reported yesterday). The same look as Mr. O.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. anonymous

    Wolfson didn't call Obama or anybody on his campaign staff any four letter words or anything like that. He made a comparison, but Power angrily screamed by stating that Obama lost Ohio because of Hillary. It was voters decision, and I am glad that they decided to pick Hillary. Wolfson is a good man, and should not resign. Please stop pouring dirt on Hillary and her campaign staff. Thank you.

    March 7, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Pete, NYC

    I am a Republican and wouldn't vote for H. Clinton if someone put a gun to my head and tried to force me to and I wouldn't likely vote for Obama either. But she is not a monster or even that bad a person.

    That said, MUCH worse has been said of H. Clinton and much worse will be said about her in the coming months. I understand the need to reprimand someone for what was a thoughtless comment, but to have her leave is just silly. The comment wasn't anything compared to what I hear the woman called daily and I live in NYC!

    They should not have canned her.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Pon Mao

    Why is personal attack from Clinton's camp is acceptable (which Hillary herself did many times in this campaign) , and a comment from UNPAID adviser from Obama's campaign is such a big deal?
    By the way, I actually totally agree with Power's comments.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Clinton for President!

    The Obama campaign and the Obama supporters are not hope mongers, they're hate mongers. You can see it on this blog and on their blog. All they do is go negative.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Dale Wise

    Yep, another shining example of our society of hypocracy, where those who actually tell the truth are punished.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Brian in NY

    Wonderfully insightful!
    Maybe now all you Obama fanatics can see the campaign for what its always been.
    Long on Style....
    Short on Substance....
    Grandiose in Oratory...
    Devoid of Depth.....
    Contemptuous of anyone except the all important SELF......

    A little HUMILITY would have gone a long way.....would have.

    March 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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