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. Sam

    its all politics she said MONSTER so Obama will let her go so he could play the victim card come on people think out the box, ok with Obama the country will be worst than Bush you mark my word on that.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Tonya from Delaware

    So...she had to resign for speaking the truth.

    However, Hillary who is running for the highest office in the USA can still be a candidate after

    a. breaking campaign rules in Florida and Michigan
    b. demeaning Senator Obama and his supporters with asenine
    c. disregarding the people who voted for her in the smaller states
    d. not formally denouncing or rejecting her husbands comments that
    reaked of racist overtones (she only regreted it )

    How come she doesn't resign from the race. She is acting like a monster because she is not being handed the nomination on a silver platter. She is not getting her way. She has divided the party beyond repair. I don't think even Jesus Christ could lead me to vote for her. Forgive her for her ....NO.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. chx

    They did the right thing. Too bad you'd never see such grace from the Clinton machine.
    Yet another example of good judgment.

    Honorable Obama '08

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Bill, Atlanta

    Why don't candidates just come out and tell us when they fire someone? Barack Obama has made it plain that he will not personally attack Sen. Clinton. So if one of his staffers breaks the rule, he should just tell us that this is unacceptable and that he is removing the staffer from his team. When you screw up this badly, you get fired. Allowing Powers to "resign" does not disguise the fact that she was canned.

    And good for you, Sen. Obama! You told us that such nastiness wouldn't be tolerated and you are a man of your word.

    Say, Trish, we know why Rush Limbaugh and some GOP officials are encouraging you to vote for Hillary Clinton. They KNOW that John McCain cannot defeat Obama, but he can defeat clinton. So, rather than go head-to-head with Obama, they are trying to stack the deck by interfering in the Demcrat's process. Meanwhile they close most of their primaries, so that independants and Democrats cannot vote for their candidate. It's just the kind of slimey, underhanded and immoral behavior we've come to expect from the Grand Out-of-touch Party.

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


    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Bob

    "Repulicans will take back the White House"? Trish are you feeling ok? In case you have been asleep for the past 8 miserable years, we are currently under the dictatorship of a "mosterous" rebublican. And alot of good that monkey-boy, W, has done huh? If McCain had a brain cell left, he would put as much distance between himself and Bush as possible. Getting endorsed by Bush was the undoing of his campaign. So do the Clinton-Obama coin toss, that's the only decision left in this election, lady.

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Lisa in B-More

    He is a true gentleman. I would rather he lose and keep his dignity than stoop to her level. He has never mentioned a hundred things he could about her, because he wants it to be about the issues and not them personally. Keep you head up Sen. Obama, many of us will support you win or lose.

    Mark 8:36 says it better than I ever could. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?"

    March 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Angela

    Obama comes thru!!!!

    Now let's see Howard Wolfson resign for his remarks!!!

    VOTE OBAMA '08

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Mark

    To Trish,

    Monster Yeah sure.....But these monsters got America to the top in the 90's. Thease two are shrewd smart and intellingent .They will do anything to get things done right for America.

    We desperately need such people, not honourable men like bush, mccain and huckabee.. These honourable men are too nice but will do a lousy job. Mark my words.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. CTforHillary

    Samantha Power's comment is not comparable to Wolfson's. It was part of a long anti-Hillary tirade. Comparing someone to a politician is not evil. Comparing someone to Starr or McCain (which Obama has done) or even Bush is not the same as flat out calling someone a monster, because even in their most negative portrayals of Bush, that guy everyon loves to hate, no one came even close to calling him a monster.

    So think through your anti-Hillary hatred and give credit to the Obama campaign because for once they have moved quickly to curtail yet another mistake by a deviant member of the campaign. They can't fire Michelle, but that Goolsbee guy should be fired too.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Retired

    A lot of us would love it if both Obama and Clinton themselves would admit they are both evil and back out. !!!

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Unbelievable

    Ok – now let's get the Clinton camp to respond in like. But you know they will not.
    Another interesting tid-bit, when that information came out from the Canadian Gov't last week about Obama's staff NAFTA comments, look at who was visiting Bill Clinton at his home – a female conservative member of the Canadian Parliment.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Bill

    Shows the difference in calibre between Obama and Clinton camps. When an advisor makes a truthful comment from the Obama camp but it falls below expected standards the advisor resigns. In the Clinton camp they get applauded!

    Roll on November and Obama v's McCain.

    By the way have CNN taken into account on their delegate counter the 'finalised results from California yet? Clinton 203 and Obama 167.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Rob

    When will Howard Wolfson, hate monger, be excused? Oh forgive me, Hillary can do anything she wants.

    March 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Summerville, SC

    Seems like there is a difference in saying that Obama is behaving LIKE Kenneth Starr. BIG DIFFERENCE people. Wake up. Learn to argue. AND, Obama had nothing to do with the girl leaving. It was HER decision. SHE has integrity, not him.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. D

    See now skeletons are tumbling down the cupboard.It is not an isolated incident.It shows the nature of the campaign and the mind set of people who run it.Gone are the lofty idealism,the holier than thou attitude and preaching from the pulpit.If you scrach deeper you may be surprised to find the true color.Democrats are in for a shock and then it will be too late to undo the damage.Wake up,you are in a stupor.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. ken in NY

    Trish, Think-FL –stop for a moment and ask yourself the ultimate question before you rant again-if Hillary is the nominee against McCain-would you really prefer McCain to Hillary? No guarantees who will be the nominee-but try to think rather than emote-is your purity more important than winning?

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. sw

    Other way around, what will happen? Obama supporters?

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Hay Market

    Read, what she said to Telegragh today before resignation: " I’d do anything he asked me to do. It’s not about working for the next President of the United States, it’s Obama. If he ran General Motors I’d be working for him and I don’t care about cars."

    That's obsession, as all you BO supporter, obsessed with this guy.

    I am glad he got rid of this overgrown groopie. She was obsessed with him, could not survive his loses, got all hysterical and lost control in what she is saying. Good deal!

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. rana karimi

    i just like to say if obama become the nominie of our party then i will join republican party obama and his supporters realy scare me to death they act and talk likea criminal mafia oraganization

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. An American on the outside looking in!!

    Yes she is a MONSTER!! What's wrong with telling the truth?! She has been much more then just a monster!! She has lots of nerves running for president with all the nasty secrets Billary has in their lives!! I wish someone could bring everything out and I know that after that she would not consider running again!! Get real Billary!!

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Michael in CA

    Well, when you're the leader of a new kind of politics you have to uphold that appearance. Obama knew the state of American politics and he still chose to tie his hand behind his back and I commend him for that, but...the minute he unties his arm (when he goes negative) he is going to ruin his new kind of politics appeal, especially when you add the Rezko and NAFTA issues into the mix.

    I wonder...was this attempt not to go negative a ploy to keep his tainted past from being an issue?

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Eric Wright

    Hillary Clinton is a monster, she's doing reprehensible damage to the democratic party. Someone in the democratic party needs to take leadership and coalesce around a candidate before this race gets too ugly. It seems as though Hillary is running because she feels a sense of entitlement, not really because she actually cares about people.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. P Carter

    Ask Hillary Clinton about Rwanda and what the Clinton administration did for this country. Hillary Clinton does not mention this in her foreign policy experience. Hillary Clinton was part of the Clinton Administration during Rwanda and the out come impacted human lives forever.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. William-NWI

    This is just Political retoric. The media loves it.

    She wouldn't have been let go unless she was wrong!

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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