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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (786 Responses)
  1. Rodriguez

    Finally a person that takes full responsibility for her own comments.
    Hillary is not a monster. She is just another old politician playing the same Machiavelli rule of "the end justify the means".
    That is why we no longer support her politics even if we agree with her overall ideas. These type of Clinton approach were everything goes cause many people to perceive them as monsters or evil, but lets remember they are just politicians with 35 years of bad habits.
    We can not keep encouraging this type of negative politics.
    This campaign against Obama is mainly based on what other people said and not on his own positions. As we know these are Clinton politic tactics trying to distract us of the real message for change.
    Time for the Clintons to move over.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. MMB

    Agreeing with Carlo on this one. Hillary never has to take responsibility for what she says: Oh, the joy of priviledge. Gee, I'm glad I'm a white woman and don't have to worry about being responsible or polite. Great model for our daughters–not!

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Kim

    To those who accuse of Obama of going negative in his campaign. Have you NOT paid attention to Hillary's campaign so far? It's nothing but negative towards Barrack. She goes as far as commenting on her and McCain's experience and insulting Barack's. Supporting a Republican over fellow Democrat to win?! I used to be on the fence between Clinton and Barack but she's proven that winning for her is more important than the big picture (which is a win for the Democrats). Playing dirty only hurts the party in the end.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. dennis st. pete, florida

    after reading some of these i think any one would be ashamed to admit they belonged to the democratic party. god help us if you do get control of the white house.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Sarah

    If the shoe fits, Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Elariia

    Help me understand this. The Clintons can imply Obama is a lying Muslim (the picture) who is in cahoots with a criminal (Rezko), but they are outraged when Hillary is called a monster?! Now who's guzzling Kool Aid?

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Tommy2

    It sure seems like most of the people that support Obama support negative comments. Birds of a feather flock together.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Cheryl

    A Monster – the truth hurts sometimes, but its got to come out.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. The REAL scoop

    Truth is... she said the comments "OFF RECORD". The writer used it as an opportunity to advance himself and sell some NEWSPAPERS.

    Media... they are a MONSTER!

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. CA Independent

    Hillary's campaign is sending out an email saying - "Stand up to attack politics! Show Obama there is a price to pay". (of course the way you stand up is to give her more money to run attack ads).

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. mahes

    Seems to me there is some double standard in all this as Hillary's folks seem to be getting away with apologies, while Obama's folks resign?
    While the Republicans are busy with image building, the Dems are still busy fighting each other, "kitchen sink" and all.
    All this does no good for the Party, and Hillary should have shown greater responsibility than to go for a "scorched earth" with the red phone ad.
    Is this kind of resort to mud slinging what Hillary's "experience" is all about?

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Hafta Agree

    I have to agree, Hillary and Bill are two faced liars. Bill got away with doing indiscretions while in office where other Democrats and Republicans resigned for doing similar things. Ms Clinton doesn't have the experience she says and is claiming Bill experience as hers. Yes, she was the PRESIDENT when Bill was in office. He did what she said.

    March 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. sandy

    congrats obama, whether she resigned or was asked to, it was the right thing to do, I would suggest she also resign as a proffessor, I would'nt consider her competent to be teaching young students and offerring that kind of immaturity, unfortunately this is the same immaturity we see on the blogs by his supporters, lets try to clean it up, and follow obamas lead.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. BG

    Calling Hillary Clinton a monster is an insult to monsters everywhere!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. sacto joe

    Hey, folks, this is the old "divide and conquer" gambit, i.e., getting the Democrats to fight among themselves.


    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Henry S

    Mean comments are not "truth." I applaud Samantha Power for owning up to her comments, and accepting responsibility for them. That is how people should act, unlike so many politicians across the spectrum.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Jimmy P

    The imploding has begun.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. not a superdelegate

    But Clinton IS a monster.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Frances

    She's a monster! We don't have anything to back the claim up but she's a monster! Could we be a little bit more melodramatic? Gimme a break.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. yolie in texas


    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. HomoSapien

    Samantha – sorry to see you go.

    You made the right decision AND you said the right thing! So, don't fret too much. We all agree with what you said. But I think it was a good decision – differentiates the Obama campaign (where decent people like you take responsibility without fear) from the Billary campaign (a bunch of attack dogs with no principles whatsoever).

    Good job!

    She IS a monster.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. TXNS for Hillary

    Ha! Ha! Finally, Obama's camp is coming undone. Stressed are we??? Just imagine what would happen if they had to face McCain. Some (Obama and his camp) are simply not ready for the job. Rhetoric about HOPE and CHANGE will not do the job. It has been an eye opener for Obama to face up the REAL issues concerning leadership. He cannot even control his own people, what makes anybody think he can lead the U.S.

    CLINTON 2008!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. jp/michigan

    Since she was an advisor , not a paid worker. Is she really fired or hidden in the background? Chicago style of politics!

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Danielle, OH

    Good, I am glad that she resigned. That was stupid! These kind of comments are what is going to keep us from winning in November. It cant go negative unless its about strictly politics and no personal attacks. Both candidates are heads over anyone the Republican party can offer. I am not saying that Hillary is a perfect person but neither is Obama. We should have respect for them and not allow them to be personally attacked by our own side. The republicans will do enough of that later.

    March 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Russ, Seattle

    Obama has taken the high ground for most of this campaign. It may cost him the election, which is terrible.

    March 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32