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. murray

    For years Bill Clinton has disrespected and betrayed his wife by his actions. Now we are to believe him when he campaigns for her. Truly his actions have spoken louder than his words.

    Doesn't anyone else notice the irony of this?

    March 7, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Chris

    It is time for Obama to step down, it is obvious he is a fad, like the hula hoop.

    Hillary Clinton has the expertise, knowledge and intellect to run the USA.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Benoit

    Hillary Clinton is NOT TRUSTWORTHY and this should be the focus of the attack on her; she is claiming experience as a leader but she is hidding her experience as first lady in the white house by not cooperating in releasing her records; she is campaning as a pro-blue collar while she delaying the release of her tax returns that will show that most of her fortune comes from lobbyists running with her on the campaign trail and while her White House records will show that she was pro-NAFTA until the beginning of this campaign; she is claiming to be a victim while she is the agressor with her campaign of lies, mistatements and fear.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Duh! Of course Wolfson won't resign. There is one set of rules for the elite of the Democratic party (e.g. Gore being an energy hog in his home and with his gigantic carbon footprint with his travels), and another set of rules for the rest of us. Figure it out everyone...the Democratic party is the less democratic than the Republican party. The Democrats are getting set to make the whole "hanging chad" issue between Bush and Gore seem like a Sunday tea party compared to the way Clinton is going to subvert the system to her own benefit to get Florida and Michigan counted. OK, kids, now is this all clear? Democratic Elites follow Rule Set A, Everyone Else follow Rule Set B.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Dennis McKeon Staten Island NY

    It amazes me how ANY Democrat can walk the way the keep shooting themselves in the foot. What a bunch of losers.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Greg

    Sounds like the EgObama people are saying one thing to some and something else to others. Sounds kinda like the NAFTA/Canada deal.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. meg

    that is a road too high that obama is tempting to walk on and if this is a sign for things to come in his government then dare i say, we can believe again!

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Jazz

    It's all in the game called politics. Just as you can't wade in the water without getting wet, you can't play in political mud and with out getting dirty. The same thing happened to Clinton staffers in New Hampshire,
    remember? In politics TRUTH is RELATIVE to the one you support.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. mark

    what in the world was this nitwit woman thinking?

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. David from Texas

    Maybe this will set a tone for both camps that personal attacks will not be tolerated. After all, we are all Demcrats and will need to be unified against the Republicans in November.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. James, Houston, TX.

    The majority of the $55 million raised by Obama should be declared Illegal ! These monies come from Blacks on Welfare; thus the U.S. Gov. is paying for Obama's Pursuit !

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Flo

    Last night I was watching 360 with Anderson Cooper. One of the commentators made a comment that was very disturbing to me; he said that, the people are not voting for Mr. Obama anymore. My response to him is, yes the people are voting for Mr. Obama, the weather was not on his side. I believe some funny things are taking place in the Clinton campaign, but I know the truth will be revealed. Hillary you will cry like a baby as you always do.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. ks

    As usual, the Obama campaign has moved swiftly and used good judgement to solve a problem. Now lets get back to focusing on whom in the Clinton campaign was responsible for NAFTAGate –

    CNN, it is your responsibility to dig deeper into the role the Clinton campaign played in talking to the Canadians and then spinning it KiKi style to slander Obama. This tactic allowed them to win Ohio.

    They continue to plant un-truths (just prior to each primary) and take no responsibility when the truth comes out.

    Do some investigative reporting.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. ken

    Obama is much too good a man to be elected President in this
    PATHETIC country that my father and three uncles died for and I
    fought for. It was a truly great country then. We vetrans feel the greatest
    enemy is with in our country now. A country that chooses liars
    and tyrants and cowards to cheat us, steal from us, murder millions
    of innocent civilians then tap dance on their memories. We torture
    openly, all propaganda is spewed on our young through willing
    TV networks and internet. We cannot even bring trators to trial.
    The Constitution and rule of Law is made fun of by The famous
    AWOL President and Vice President, who has been mysteriously
    AWOL for months. Terrorists may be a threat but they are nothing

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Michelle

    Actions speak louder than words Hillary supporters. Obama didn't have to fire Power because she resigned, get your facts straight. Why doesn't your campaign get rid of Wolfson, he threw some negative name calling at Obama. Oh that's right, Hillary is supposed to be the nominee according the the press and Washington. Good thing there's the internet and people who have a voice.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Elaine from Oregon

    I hope this will open the eyes of the American people to see the level of integrity and professionalism tthat Sen. Obama holds himself and his campaign to. The "other" candidate will allow her communications director to compare her opponent to Kenneth Starr out of desperation and do nothing about it.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Chief

    The belly of the snake always follows the head. Go Hillary, go.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. GPG

    Funny to see all the Hillarymaniacs out and happy for a change, enjoy it while it lasts. It would be nice as well if you can answer what exactly makes Mrs. Clinton experienced and ready to run this country?

    If she was not prepared to run this campaign (she led by over 20 points on all polls as late as November 07) and go beyond Super Tuesday, how will she be ready on day 1?

    As far as I can tell, being a lawyer for Wall-mart and an expert on dirty negative politics does not qualify you to lead a nation. She has had every single advantage from the start date to take this nomination easily: name recognition, support of insiders, money from lobbyists, and yet ineptitude has been commander in chief of her campaign.

    Among her illustrious supporters we find no other than Mr. Rush Limbaugh, who can sense (as the majority of Republicans can sense now) that her nomination would be the GOP’s best shot and continuing their power grip on American society and politics.

    Honestly, how badly do you want to lose to John MaCain? I use to have a high opinion of the Clintons, but it is clear now that they care only about power and self opportunity. If going negative is what it takes to keep them out of the White House, a place they probably believes is theirs by birth right, so be it, enough of this nonsense, asking Power to kick off because the Clinton’s were “offended” is weak, this is not going to help Obama, he is going to be eaten by the Monster.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Tom Wittmann

    1) First, this Harvard professor makes publicly such a stupid remark.
    There are more polite, certainly not laudatory, names for what
    Hillary represents

    2) Then OBAMA does the correct by firing (= "resigning") her, not only
    because he promised to do so with persons which do so, but
    because her lack of intelligence.
    I would not beem so polite, a plain firing would have set an
    warning for other)

    3) To put the point on the "ies", she has the hypocrisy to state that she
    admire" Hillary. How a person like this gets a professorship at
    Harvard ? Affirmative action ?

    4) Both Hillary and Obama compete in hiring the most inadequate
    advisers !


    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. goose

    Well, she is a monster. After all, the boogey man is going to neglect your kid at 3:00AM in the morning. Cmon! Those are monster tactics. I will never support Hillary Clinton.

    March 7, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    She should not have resigned! They ARE monsters and know it.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. LG

    Well, isn't she a monster? I can't wait til Laura Bush decided to run for President in 2012!

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    it was inexcusable and it is good that she left. I support Hilary and I voted for her but IF she didn't get the nomination then I will still Vote Democrat therefore at the end of this road why divide ourselves that much.....................yes we would all like OUR candidate to Win but only one will stand alone and we must stand behind that person NO MATTER WHO IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TEXAS DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Holland

    In Europe we call this 'keeping up appearances'.

    By the way, a monster is not necessarily a negative term, is it?

    So the weight of this moderate name-calling lies with the listener.
    Apparently Hillary is a bit jumpy and needs all the help (?) she can get.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Truthful

    Everything Power said is true and I admire her for saying it. Hillary knows she is going to lose to OBAMA, so she is trying to ensure that McCain wins in Novermber so that she can try again in 2012. She will stoop to any level to get back into the whitehouse and that is the truth and the whole truth. I fail to understand why her supporters can't see that.

    March 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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