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. Keepin it Real!!

    Why haven't they coverd THE TRUE STORY BEHIND NAFTA IN CANADA?????? It was Billary who really went to canda and said those thing to them not OBAMA! That came out in CANADA NEWS 3/06/2008. Is news media in the mob gang with the Clintons. Shut up and anybody that as question them.

    March 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Debby

    She should resign after making that comment. I wonder if the advisor that made the NAFTA statement to Canada will be fired also.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Landers

    Ms. Power speaks of Darfur, Rwanda, and the evils of genocide but then calls Hillary Clinton a monster? Wouldn’t one call people guilty of genocide monsters? With all the scholarly words, Ms. Power is muddled in her thinking about what is good and what is bad.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Nicole

    Billary is a bipolar bully! No, Billary you are NOT intitled to the nomination! It is all about HER and not the voters or the country. She WILL loose to McCain and we will have another 4 years of a crusty out of touch ,old man and his war mogering. She sees Barack's potential and support so she figures this is another man's coat talis she can ride to meet HER agenda, the White House. She could claim her intitlement of the nomination and seal the deal with Barack as running mate. What an arrogant witch! She IS SCARY (cackle cackle)

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. BJ

    Power did soil his campaign. Hillary would have done the same to her people. You all know it. Let's move on. America, do you want a work horse in office, and I might add 2 work horses and notible humanitarian, or... work in progress leader? An eloquent speaker does not have the cridentials to run our great country. Wake up America,

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Barbara - Warner Robins GA

    Worse epithets than "monster" come to my mind for both Hillary and Bill Clinton. She has no business calling for the resignation of anyone on Obama's staff. Obama, paraphrasing Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man" which Hillary Clinton is extremely familar with, I advise you to stand by your staff. They and sensible Americans will get you to the White House.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Crown Prince pH

    Unfortunate for her to go out this way. Right thing to do Obama camp!
    Practice what you preach. And you did just that!

    Now to that wolf in wolf`s clothing, Sir Howard "Kenneth Starr" Wolfson!!!!!!!
    The Clinton camp have taken themselves down the gutter this time out!

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Carol

    Obama should have fired her...where is his "leadership" on this??? HIs lack of action speaks clearly!

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Houston

    Yeah...we want a democrate running this country again....

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. clinton2008

    Hey Trish, what about you dont pour your dirty words from your big mouth to nice peson. Watch yourself

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Scott, Berkeley, CA

    I don't know what Americans believe politics will be like if Obama reaches the White House. How can America's most educated also be America's most ignorant. Obama will not be able to accomplish anything without the nit and gritty. Think about the way you treat your children, will they do anything for you if you don't do anything for them? You can have as great of an oratory skill as you want, but your children are not going to fall for it. It's part of life. You have to give something to get something and sometimes, it is not honorable and sometimes it is dirty. I'd rather have a warrior than a bard in the white house.

    On another note to this story, I think it's completely uncalled for. She sounds like a prepubescent child calling people monsters. She should be fired not for her comment, but because she can not handle a political campaign.

    McCain and Huckabee compete honorably because it's not really a competition when Huckabee can not win.

    Ignorance is bliss. Go Obama. Reality. Go Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. dee

    People on Clinton's side have resigned as well for saying things.
    Don't let the clintons' turn this into something negative against Obama.But I'm sure CNN will do just that.
    Don't let them fool you,they're just like FOX News.
    She's gone so that's that.But the Clinton's will spin this as a pity party for her when we all know,even her supporters that she's gone negative many more times,and so has wolfson.

    March 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. James BP

    OK, case closed. Now where is the apology and resignation from Wolfson about his comments and comparison of Obama to Starr? Surely the Clintons think he is a monster and probably call him worse names 'off the record'.

    And I haven't forgot about those tax returns...

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Jeannie, Atlanta Georgia

    Trish- you're obviously a Republican. Perhaps you should go voice your venom/opinion on Fox news!!!!!!!!!!!!


    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Kathy

    CNN See the blog about Clinton from Trish. It goes to show how corrupt the Republican party is. I think that Hillary is very aware of this and what they are capable of. Does she care NO and they are right as a Obama supporter I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR CLINTON. I have seven children who will also be so disappointed if this happens they will also avoid the election. Poor Obama he has probably no idea how much corruption he is up against. He is for the people unlike the ambitious Hillary. She is all about winning at any cost.

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. clarity

    And so the rot begins.

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Jyh1920

    The entire Clinton campaign team needs to be fired including Hillary herself.

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. nicky

    Powers got it right! Billary will lie, cheat, deceive... She is a no good piece of garbage that will stop at nothing to fulfill her self gratification. What a shame, that one lousy piece of crap of a woman, can dash the hopes, dreams and aspirations of millions of working Americans. I pray for the day that something bad happens to her!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. David

    It is turning out to be that the Obama campaing is just the same ole, same ole.

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Jeff Radun

    I have a question.
    Obama says he will speak with all countries, and provide a better vision on how to deal with friends and foe.

    I see his advisers spoke with Canada.
    Did anyone notice the result.
    He lost Ohio and Texas,

    I see his advisers spoke with the Scotts.
    Did anyone notice the results.
    His adviser has to resign over her comments.

    NEW POLITICS. Change is in the air.

    Yes we can Yes we can
    Go Hillary

    March 7, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Jerry

    A dictionary is needed Mercedes...Ken Star is a is a word - notice the different initial capitalization in the spelling?

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Todd C.

    I dont think "monster" is that bad.

    I've said much worse.

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Mitch H

    Ms Power did the right thing. Mr. Wolfson.... we're WAITING!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. JON

    Though Clinton is a Monster, I'm glad the Obama campaign took care of this. They are far more respectful and honorable in dealing with their opponent in this campaign than the disgusting Clintons. Let's see, FEAR MONGERS, HATE MONGERS, LIARS, HYPOCRITES, ELECTION FRUAD FELONS (see Paul Vs Clinton comming to a courthouse near you!). But a MONSTER!? how uncalled for.

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Holly

    Hillary is a monster. She's mean. This woman shouldn't have resigned. Everyone is thinking it anyways. I've never seen anyone as outrageous as Hillary and Bill Clinton. They are lower than low. I have been a very faithful democrat, but it will be extremely hard to vote for Hillary if she someone lies and schemes her way to the nomination. We need someone ethical in the White House, and there Hillary is at the bottom of the barrel as far as ethics are concerned.

    March 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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