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. David in Atl

    I read all the comments that the Clinton supporters write and I am baffled that they don't see the very undemocratic tone Senator Clinton has adopted and it really makes me wonder why they have no problem with some of the republican like tactics that there candidate has embarked on. Like senator Obama said in his speech that the world is watching what we do here and we democrats should act as such. Building each other up and fair and decent play has been the hallmark of our party and playing in the mud is so not our style!

    March 7, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. mike concerned democrate

    Hillary's antics remind me more and more of "Omarosa" of celebrity apprentice........

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. rich garrigus

    After the mudslinging and innuendo Senator Clinton has chosen to engaged in recently , the term "Monster" fits!

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Linda

    PLEASE ... Everyone – stop with this rediculous behavior and get to the issues. You need a galvanized democratic campaign to have a galvanized party across the country. If you find and weed out the non-team players, hopefully you will come up with a viable team that can possibly beat the Republicans. How can each candidate call each other unable to handle the heat when there is the possiblity they may need to support each other in the end! STOP ALREADY! (P.S. I am a registered Independent and at this rate, I may have to vote for John Edwards – which is who I wanted to begin with.)

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Mrs. America

    Based on not just this comment but other language she has used, it sounds like Obama is all the better off without Samantha Power. She has a filthy mouth. Obama doesn't need someone like her around, even if she was only an unpaid adviser.

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Stacy Keller

    Who wrote this article? There are a few typos that you would think would never occur in a professional publication such as The quote, “With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today," seems to be missing a word before "the Obama". Also in the beginning of the article they incorrectly spell "advisor".

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Sandra

    This is good because it wasn't in the spirit of the Obama campaign. Now can CNN report more on the NAFTA-gate, why aren't we hearing more about this like we heard when it was Obama.

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Caron Speas

    So many of you posting here today are clearly blinded by hatred and venom against Hillary Clinton. As far as I can tell she has done nothing to deserve such anger. If you and your boy Obama or McCain can't take the heat, they should stay out of the kitchen. From everything I have observed so far, all of them - Obama, Clinton, and McCain - have brought a civility to the political process that has not been seen since Ken Starr, Trent Lott, Dick Cheney and George Bush infected the system with their rabies. If they are worth their salt, both Obama and Hillary with fight for the nomination with as clever and powerful a strategy as would I expect them to apply in the defense of the United States of America and our interests abroad. Since when has politics in America been "tea time?" Grow up, those of you who spew only hatred and venom. Let the politicians ply their trade.

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Franck WPG

    She spoke her mind and did a good thing. Avoided Obama. He could have refused her resignation, but he is a man of clean politics!

    As for Clinton, she'll say anything and do anything to get a vote. That's how much she missed the white house!
    She doesn't seem to even care about how her tactics may hurt the party and her country, never mind caring about hurting her opponent

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Kim

    Name calling and personal attacks, that are irrelevant are not acceptable. To make a contrast between somone being called Ken Star and a monster and put the two in the same bucket it's ridiculous. And there is a difference between name calling and demanding that the truth be spoken. Sooner, or later Obama and his campaing will show its true colors.

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Roger from Arkansas

    I respect Samantha Power's choice. Let your conscience be your guide.

    Hillary '08

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mercedes, I recommend you for Power's open position. You are so right about Wolfson, but we'll have to be patience, Hillary will create her own demise, it's just a matter of time. There's still a lot of time left and the "trump" card hasn't been dealt and Hillary will be dealt the losing hand with no more "A"'s to play.

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Sabrina

    She didn't apologize to the people of Ohio for calling them "obsessed" Did she mean they are of evil spirits? Does her statement show the opinion the Obama team has of the american working people?

    March 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Andy Denver

    This can turn into a good thing for Obama. Obama can claim "I stayed positive" and that Wolfson "is going negative again"

    BTW CNN can you please report how Obama has won Texas. I know SNL scared you into thinking you can't say good things about Obama or Hillary will mock you. But stop being such a big P and actually report the important news.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Mike

    Wow, the truth hurts. Hillary is ruthless and calculating, actually not bad qualities for a wannabe president. Her whole campaign has been about survival at all costs, considering they did not foresee this Obama wave, and this huge fight for the DNC nomination. She has ONLY been negative, putting down Obama at any opportunity, and inherently saying that John Mccain is more qualified at this point, how low will Hillary stoop? Regardless of what anyone says, the nasty overtones, and negative politricks have been created by Hillary and Hillary alone. She should take a look at the GOP race, and see how poiticians run a campaign with grace and dignity.

    Funny how when she stoops to low brow politics she's a survivor and a fighter, when he does something even slightly similar Obama's the negative one. Hillary is the ultimate spin doctor, and NO ONE has more skeletons in their closet than the Clintons. America needs change people, and Hillary is not it. She wins the DNC nomination and I will be voting for Mccain, at least he has integrity.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. JOHN





    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Shirley

    OR was she ASKED to leave????

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    this woman should not have been on obama's campaign in the first place. it's surrounding himself with advisor's like this that worries me. we all know he is not experienced, but that doesn't have to matter IF you're great at knowing who to surround yourself with.

    he's not. that's why without experience of his own he's not ready to become president.

    this woman has made awful statements before. in 2002 she said the us should spend billions to send a military force into the middle east and force Israel to give the Palestinians what they want. Then, when she got attacked, she later tried to deal with it by calling them "weird." That's what you say if you don't want to apologize for your remarks, but also don't want to discuss them further.

    Obama's hiring her in the first place shows terrible lack of judgment.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Benito, TX

    How much does this say about the weak Obama campaign. They caved to criticism of an advisor calling Hillary a "monster". Sound the PC police. The Hillary campaign called for her resignation as typical. However, Hillary's campaign proved a point. Obama would just fold in the general election. Politics is not about playing nice. There are going to be harsher words in November. If Obama gets the nomination, is he going to be strong enough to play with the the big dogs of the Republican party who will not sidestep and offend? This is a Democratic primary. Democrats are not going to very harsh against each other, no matter how much Obama wants to call Hillary a negative campaigner. This is bush league. What will Barack do when he enters the big leagues? We need a tough candidate, we need Hillary!

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Raj, Philadelphia, PA

    Couple of losses by Obama team and frailed nereves already. If this is bad, wait until McCain and republication start their dirty trick policies!
    I thought the nation was charmed by the straight talks and no mud slinging of Obama.
    Looks that nothing remains the same in heat of campaigns.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Len

    The truth will set you free!

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Maisie2008

    Obama has kept his word–finally a politician that you can trust.

    Thank you.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. eddie n. powellnye

    Taxes, Remeber this- "Yes, Those without sin, cast the first stone". Mr. Wolfson from the Clintonites- "God don't like ulgy". Ken
    Starr was just doing his job. I use to be a loyal Clintonite, but, in time
    all will find, like I did, those stones will crush that loyality as it crushed mine.
    This lady already stated that she will do anything to be the one and that surely take God word out of the picture. That frightens the living hell out of me like most of the world.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Rudy in Fla

    Power greedy Hillary IS a monster. She consistently lies, cheats and will do almost anything to win. To me she is the bête noir par excellance.
    Obama 08

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Mark

    Powers is gone. But I agree with what she said about Clinton. The way Clinton campaigned to grab power is below the american standard. Will Wolfson resign for defaming Obama? Let's see.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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