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. Mary

    So she resigned.... big deal. As an unpaid advisor, she can stay at it in the background, all while Obama's campaign looks lily-white. It's called politics, folks, and the big O knows how to play with the best of them or he wouldn't be where he is, especially coming out of Illinois where dirty politics is an art form.

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Megan

    I truly believe that these Obama supporters do not have a clue. I can't believe that people actually listen to the BS that he preachers and people actually buy into what he is saying. It's like a cult. Hillary can far better run this country than Obama. How un-American it would be to elect someone like him to run the United States of America – what a disgrace to our country if he becomes our next president!

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. LYNN

    That's what happens when you raise your voice against the Billary machine. It's a free country, or is it ?

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. michelle for HILLARY

    For all of the Hillary HATERS you know that if someone from Hillary's camp called Obama a monster you would be whining, after all that is what you do best. As for Obama he says he going negative because he can't debate her on the issues and his perfect person who is right on everything act is falling apart.

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Jeff

    its also time for Hillary monster to quit, resign, she spoke so negative about Obama now I wonder why Bill Clinton had to have an affair outside his marriage, Hillary if you want to serve people join charity organizations, you're not fit for President, it's time for change and you belong to the past politics.

    OBAMA 08

    March 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Belle

    How quickly you Obama supporters forget that CLINTON asked for the Resignation of one of HER staffers when he attacked Obama personally.

    Please don't go all high and mighty.....this is a race Neither candidate will will go to the Superdelegates.

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. boogie boogie boogie

    MONSTER MONSTER MONSTER! Aw, did you get your feelings hurt Sen. Clinton?

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Bill Jergens

    Actually Power is guilty of libel for calling her a monster because that is labeling her. Wolfson hasn't labeled Obama, Kenneth Starr. he said that his tactics are similar to those of Kenneth Starr if you read his statement carefully instead of believing in the spin the media puts on things. This was in response to Obama's attack on Hillary for her tax returns which is what Kenneth Starr did even though thewere available before years ago but has since gone into archives in the White House.

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Some of these people are too young to be advising anyone. Clinton has never been rude and is aware of comments that should never be made in public or even private-abit of sour grapes on Obama's side?

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Good move by the Obama campaign, but her comments were a bit overblown. She was discussing Clinton's effort to go negative with their "kitchen sink" smear campaign, and I think that is worth criticizing. Clinton's carpetbombing strategy is going to backfire on her (and possibly the Democratic Party since she's doing McCain's work for him). I don't know how you respond to this if you're Obama. If you try to keep and honest campaing going, you'll be accused of being soft. If you get in the mud with her, then you're "politics as usual". Good luck candidates...

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Monsters

    It appears clear by these posts who the real monsters are. You people need therapy.

    Obama kept no promise. He still doesn't have the kahoonas to fire people that are doing him wrong in his will he stand up to the people who are NOT supporting him if he is president? His inability to get rid of bad people in his campaign feels a little too much like Bush and his cronies...

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Obama 08

    Calling her a monster is an insult to monsters.

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Chris

    All of you are is what is wrong with are country… we fail to see the big picture and do not like to compromise… thats why we have such a high divorce rate!!!

    I guess none of you really want to win the White House and turn our economy around and fix our country… you would rather bash each other and fight about nothing… while houses and jobs are being lost… gas is about to go to $4 a gallon…

    This stuff is getting out of control… CNN continue to moderate all of this negative stuff!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Jules

    This is a loss to the campaign. I hope she will continue to advise in an unofficial capacity. She is so brilliant, but this blunder was too big. Until this incident, the Obama campaign has attacked Clinton and challenged her on her positions, her record, and her lack of transparency- all valid and none personal. The Clinton campaign has repeatedly questioned his faith, his intellect, his trustworthiness, and has insulted his supporters by calling us cult members and teenagers who are too naive or uninformed to form a valid, rational opinion. All personal, all negative, all baseless. Let's end dirty Washington politics and move toward real change. Reform can't happen with Washington insiders in charge. It has to come from the bottom up. Obama can lead the way.

    March 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. S Logan

    Instead of going after this woman for calling Hillary a monster... we should ask ourselves is Hillary behaving like a monster. No one in the mainstream media is reporting on how Hillary played the people of Ohio... It was someone from her campaign that called Canada and lied about it. This is dirty politics at its best!
    Not only will I not vote for her, but I will also break away from the Democratic Party if she succeeds at steeling the nomination. I think Senator Obama and all his supporters should do the same... Let’s just run on the independent ticket. If they want a three man race all the way to the white house, so be it!!

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Cecelia

    Its no worst then calling obama a terrorist and questioning his religion.

    It would be terribly unfair to Obama to allow Florida or Michigan votes to count. Especially after they closed the doors early in those states they campaign preventing those people not to vote.

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Doris

    The Clinton campaign is calling for the resignation of an Obama advisors – what a joke. Her advisors have equated the honorable Senator Obama to President Bush, and other republicans she feel did "worng" to her and Bill in the White House.
    Hillary is crooked, corrupt, manipulative, back stabbing, and a poor example to little girls everywhere.
    I would never want my daughter to see Hillary as an example of what is right.
    She and Bill have done so much wrong. And here America is, welcoming their filth back.
    Remember how we got President Bush in the first place.
    We wanted a better image for America.
    President Bush may have failed us with the war and the economy but, he is still a commited husband and father, and a loyal friend,
    Not that I am a Bush supporter because I am not.
    I just want to remind America of the things we said no to in 2000.

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. bill pike

    why apologize??? this monster has 2 heads, doesn't that qualify. it is like "35 years of experience" when clinton has 7 years of decision making ability-married to someone does not make them that person. If Jack Welch had a wife of 35 years could she run a company??? think not

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. brewdog

    Monster is a nice term for our ex-first lady. I can think of a few others, but can't mention them here. I have watched over the last two weeks how the battle for the democratic nod is coming down to the established (big money corporate Bill Clinton owes) Democrats to the people's Democrat. The bvattle is proven by the amount of press Hillary has gotten over Barack over all the major networks in the last couple weeks and by the discussion of the Fl/Mich. debate. Also look at how long it is taking the caucus in Texas to come up with an otcome, please! All I know is that if Hillary comes out on top after her tricks and lies, John McCain will get my vote. Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Hugh Jorgan

    She just said what we all think anyway...

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. paul

    Senator Obama doesn't want to go negative like the Clinton campaign is more than will to. But that does not mean the media should not report on happenings like Rezko, "I haven't been really proud", and the Canadian NAFTA ordeal that turned out to be falsely focused on Obama rather than Clinton costing Obama votes in Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Rhode Island. So where is the coverage of the Peter Paul election fraud case being successfully delayed until November after the elections will be over? This is a media responsibility to put it out there.

    Look it up, PETERPAUL.COM. If the media won't report on it do your own research. This is just one of many cases the media should be reporting but chooses not to for whatever reasons. Clinton more than willing to throw the kitchen sink with the garbage disposal fully functioning. Obama does not want to bring up negative issues like this against Senator Clinton. Therefore, she has taken full advantage of it claiming to be the victim while attacking at the same time.

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. chris

    you all are in the same party? heh........

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Dave

    There's really nothing to apologize for in speaking the truth. The truth does hurt though.

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Cindy

    She called a duck a duck. It was a slip up of her actual feelings. I admire Power for taking responsibility of her slip up. I don't think she should resign over it but.

    Remember when Newt Gingrich's mom wispered in Connie Chung's ear? It was about Hillary too, wasn't it?

    I suppose some people might think it's an admirable trait. If she does become president, I really really doubt other world leaders will admire it.

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Brian Tampa, FL

    Wow, tossed his girl under the bus kind of quick. Shouldn't he have met with her without any preconceived ideas, gotten her side of the story and then checked with the world community before acting. This type of swift decisive unilateral action is what he seems to abhor .

    March 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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