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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soundoff (786 Responses)
  1. Nando, Florida

    Obama stands by his words!!! To bad Hillary and Bill have never .

    And never will.

    ABC ABC!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. sameera, NIGERIA

    Good tactics! the earlier the better. glad she has because hillary will have just made a big deal about it if she hadnt resigned. God knows what hillary's camp call obama, but anyway im happy the obama camp have finally started upping their game.

    play dirty, that's the language people seem to understand, dig up concrete dirt on hillary and make the whole tax-return thing an issue, there is definitly something dodgy going on with that.

    obama needs to lay out any dirty laundry in the open in the best way possible, so that hillary's camp dont have any unnecessary thing to dig up.AND LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!


    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Adam-Atl. GA

    Good, she was obviously not much of a professional and certainly not very representative of a professor at Harvard.

    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. anonymous

    YAHOO! I was furious when I first read it. This adviser is really the wrong person to be on the campaign staff. So, that's the kind of people who helped Barack Obama win a lot of states. HMM! Thank you Scottish newspaper for printing it, and showing it on At least somebody is doing a fair coverage rather than screaming false accusations that Hillary told Canadian Government that she was the one who said not to take her anti-NAFTA attacks seriously. Do some research people. I did last night. You will apologize and take everything that you said about Hillary back. She is a good hearted, honest, hard working woman and I trust her judgment my life.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Mark in Wichita

    Obama dropped the ball on this one. He should have used this opportunity to address the way Hillary has been playing dirty. Instead, he's backed off again. He had been pretty good at deflecting attacks and criticisms up until a few weeks ago, and now he is reminiscent of Kerry in his inability to stand up for himself. He needs to be more aggressive in not letting the Hillary camp paint their narrative in the media. By having Power resign, it basically admits that what she said wasn't true. But what she said actually is true and should be hammered home to every voter in the nation.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Chris

    great... more Obama press that is going to make him look like everyone else... So much for change... Obama you have just lost my vote!!!

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. SONIA

    how many people will resign,,,,,,,,,,,
    advisors and supporters say what they hear

    i always see obama supporters using bad words and being very negative to ,,,HILLARY..EDWARDS...MCCAIN
    they never talk about issues but just get personal ,and start bashing other candidate ,s supporters

    i m not saying all, but most ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,this is a election not a cheerleading contest ,,so pls,,stay focused on issues not on name calling,

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Nhan

    She didn't need to resign. Hillary is a monster. Has any of the clinton staff resign for the Canada incident???

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Jacque Bauer

    It's amazing that people who lie and spin are well rewarded, but the people who speak the TRUTH are thrown under the bus. Hell yes Hillary IS a monster! She carries more negatives than any candidate in history, and that is not just by chance. She is the most frightening, chilling, calculated and manipulative person on the US political scene in generations.

    Oops, will I now have to "resign"?

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. LoveOBAMA

    I would not resign nor apologize. Hillary is a monster! Ms. Powers since you resigned you can say how you really feel. It wont hurt now, explain Hillary for the low down dirty dogg she is.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Robert, WA

    Well looks like the Obama team is true to the notion that should people on his team go negative they would have to leave/be fired. Can Hillary say the same of her campaign team.... oops that would mean she has to fire herself too!!!! Whooops!

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Vince

    You have got to be kidding me. All this uproar over a comment that is actually arguably true. And the Clinton campaign actually having the guts to call for her to be removed for saying it. The Clinton camp is probably the most unethical i have ever seen and it is disgraceful. One of these days the people of this country are going to see her for what she is. All she is concerned about is what is good for her. Every action she takes is in only the best interest of herself. She does not care about anyone or anything unless it will benefit her now or down the road. She was not crying about the poor Florida and Michigan voters until she got behind and needed the delegates. Think about it people. Then think about it every time she does something and you will see the truth. Now watch Obama. This guy actually cares about this country and the people. As far as I am concerned all she is doing is costing herself any chance at a VP position and perhaps costing the entire democratic party a win in November. Disgraceful human being!

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Independent

    Obama now stood up to his word.

    Now it's up to Hillary to do the same: FIRE HOWARD WOLFSON! Yesterday, when a reporter asked her, she refused to comment on that. She didn't even have the courtesey to apologize for Ken Starr comments - which shows clearly that she knows beforehand about this and SHE IS TRYING TO PLAY THE VICTIM CARD AGAIN.

    This is the reason why I am voting for Obama. The truth is he is a better human being that she is. Period.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Gary in CT

    Once he becomes president, I'd like to see him pardon her and bring her back on the team.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. beckett70

    This is interesting. Monster is not the worse thing that has been said about someone in the political arena by a long shot. I think Hillary knows that. She has been through much worse. I think this is just "softball" to her. Frankly I would much rather have a fighting monster in the oval office than a "head in the clouds" idealistic whimp. Obama must learn to face the slams–Look at what George Bush puts up with –not that he doesn't deserve it. I wish Obama would show some "Grit". McCain is the "True Grit".

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. what u talkin about

    You were right about your monster statement.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Concerned Canadian

    Obama and his team just losing their prestige and credibility one piece at a time. First his runaway economic advisor playing double politics with Canada on NAFTA and now Samantha Power can't control her anxiety and calls a public figure bad names just as children in a school yard do.

    Barack Obama's temple mount is cracking up.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Jeff Radun

    Obama camp politics as ussual.
    GREAT speeches but he is no different and his staff is no different than Hillary.
    So enough of the packaged Yes we can Yes we can

    His team calls her a (monster)
    And he claims to be the change candidate
    I am sure his voters will find a great excuse for whatever he says or does.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Mel in Missoula, MT

    The right thing to do at this point. I hope Senator Obama continues his campaign of positive messaging while calling out Senator Clinton on issues that will impact the decisions that voters and superdelgates make in the coming weeks.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. SLO Bear

    It was over-the-top; however, the erratic mixing of misty declarations of being honored to run with Senator Obama with bellowing "Shame on you" and praising McCain to undermine Obama (and Democratic chances in November) is disturbing.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Flem

    No story here. Clinton IS a monster, and Samantha called it like it is.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Hillary For President!!!!!! Ohio

    It's the ongoing problems with Obama!, Like I said before Hillary don't need $$$$ to buy Votes like Obama is try'n to do.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |

    This is great news. Obama's camp will have a hard time balencing their hatred for Clinton and making a case against her. We will see more of these kind of mess ups coming from the Obama Campaign. It is long way from Pennsylvania. Get ready to watch the wheels come off Obama's Hope Express when he starts to choke under the presure and scrutiny. He will go negative, his camp wants to get nasty, it will be hard for Obama to hold up the public image he has created for himself. If he could have knocked out the champ earier, he would not have to go through this. Sorry kids, in this fight chingasos hurt.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. xdiyguy

    Samantha Power, You of all people should know, you can't excuse a dog ofter it has already bitten.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. MN Woman

    Well this may be a good thing. However, how deeply does this attitude run in his campaign? Eveidently her "oft stated admiration for Senator Clinton" hid a deep, malicious streak and a stark lack of sincerity.

    CNN: Please post my comments, I'm in MN with minus 5 degrees and I can't go outside to play today! You're my only hope.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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