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. Kyra

    Well, she obviously cares about Obama to do such a thing.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Romau

    Senator Clinton has been behaving and looking like a MONSTER!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. bob london

    She is right, maybe not politically correct in the comment but right.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. dbacchus

    Obama is true to his word. Now what about Hillary? Is she going to fire Ken Wolfson?!

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. nellie

    I personally think the people resigning from the race should be the clintons for making the big lie about the NAFTA deal, and canada. Iat was clinton doing the wink wink , not OBAMA...maybe cliton should resign from the race,
    Yes, i think clinton is a monster, and please Samantha do not resign...what you saud was thge truth..I know Obama does not suport such comments...but honestly, i think Hilary is a monster!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Rodriguez

    The Clinton's and their subordinates are selling the idea to have Obama as a vice president as a win-win situation. No way Jose!
    The reason, we, the new voters, independents and old voters are engaged and voting for Obama is to look for a new way of doing politics.
    Hillary does not represent a departure from old politics and negative campaigns. Actually they are making all the efforts to drag him into their muddy campaign. Having Obama as a vice president will destroy the hope for change that we have deposited on him and will move him to the dark side (Clintons politics). We are not voting for more of the same. We do not want Hillary as a vicepresident neither. We want real change. Obama with a new staff.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. John, N.H

    so be it.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. CeeJay

    Thank Goodness!
    She did the right thing, apologize to Clinton and remove herself from Obama's campaign.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Hillary

    Hillary: now fire Wolfson!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Annamica, OH

    LOL...Gary, if he did any less it would just add to the hypocrisy of the rest of his campaign.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. kd

    Obama is a man of his word! Hillary needs to the same!

    Obama 08!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. aisha



    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Brian

    Thank you for resigning. You've helped contribute to Obama's dedication to run a clean campaign.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Ric T

    DONT GO! Speaking the truth about how the HRC campaign has handled itself is not a reason to resign.

    This is LUDICROUS!!!


    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. DRS

    I am glad she said it. Hillary will stop at NOTHING to get what she wants. She can't win the nomination without blackmailing the superdelegates. My suggestion to Obama–HIT HER WHERE IT HURTS! Give her a dose of her own medicine.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. SHAPEARL WELLS-Chicago

    I think that it is a good thing that she resigned for her comments because Sen. Obama has tried to run a decent campaign focusing on the issues. However, I know that Sen. Clinton's camp demanded for her to be fired, however when a high ranking Latino supporter from Texas stated that Latinos will never vote for Obama because he is black. Didn't get any media attention what so ever. So it is unfortunate that the media continues to sway the mindset of the American people by only reporting the news that places Sen. Obama in a bad light. As Americans we have to call the media on their biases and tell them that we deserve to hear the TRUTH and not the media spins!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Steve

    It is funny that in the other thread people were calling Obama a hypocrite for not firing this person. These people gave him 10 minutes after the article was posted before criticizing him for not getting rid of her. People are a bunch of idiots, give the man time to even hear about it before you start accusing him of not staying true to his words.

    Off to moderation.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. concern citizen

    When is the Clinton staffer that circulated the picture of Obama with a Kenyan outfit insinuating he is a Muslim resign? Also, when is the staffer that sent e-mails stating Obama was a terriorist and Muslim resign? Hillary and the media are hyprocrites. No one is calling her out on the staffers who made discrimanatory comments about Obama. Why the double standards?

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. american

    this goes to show us just what kind of pigs obamma wiil have working for him!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Nick

    Truth hurts...doesn't mean you have to say it...

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. chad

    i think it was right for her to leave- Obama said he would never allow that kind of stuff – i still dont see how folks are saying hillary went all neg- if he thinks this is bad than wait to mccain gets ahold of him!? hes weak and hillary is by far the best -shes a fighter and will get things done! Obama shady past is gonna bite him in the butt!

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Gillis

    Yes, you don't call names. Only people with no valid arguments call names. But she's right though about Hillary. Hillary knows she won't win this nomination and is now looking forward to 2012 against sitting president McCain. She will damage Barack and the democratic party so badly that the party may lose the general election this year.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. James Monk

    I think she was right in the beginning, teh Clintons are monsters in the political field.
    I do not think she should have took it back, truth is truth. Obama is crazy to let let leave. He is a fool if he thinks he can beat them and not play hard ball, they will, he must, or he will loose over the next 2 months. I perdict they will eat his lunch in the closing days, he does not have what it takes to play with the big boys.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Jerome, TX

    Obama just stuffed the faces of all those people screaming "Lets see if your a man of your words!"

    Good Job Obama, way to stick with your ideals.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Matthew

    As an independent who usually votes for Democrats, I'm starting to get really trouble

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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