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. Lacey

    Good....she should resign. Everyone knows that you can't make random comments about a person's character without paying some sort of price.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Twinkle Toes Mulligan

    Oh, she's lovely.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Kelli from DC

    I feel the difference with the 'monstor' comment and 'Kenneth Starr' comment is that the Clinton campaign was comparing Obama's actions as similar to those of Kenneth's Starr, while Obama's compaign said Clinton was a monstor.

    As someone who trys to see the point from both sides...Obama's supporter, Power, was a bit more harsh.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. CB

    Howard Wolfson, Come on down! You are next contestant on the Bad Campaign Members Must Resign Show! Prof. Powers, thanks for your service to the Obama campaign.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Edward

    What a wonderful gesture such that mirrors the integrity and respect for running a clean campaign by Barack Obama. Let’s move from silly season expressions and allow the American people to vote only on the issuers and for the candidate that will better care for our lives and the future of the U.S.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. VP

    After all ONLY undeucated village idiots support Clintons.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Nora

    I am surprised that she resigned, His campaign went negative oh Jeez welcome to the world of Clinton, this is nuts.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. brenda

    People please!!! We are talking about POLITICS!!!!!!!. There has never ever been a campaign, republican or democrat, that was without mudslinging. It IS a necessary part of the political beast. If i were running for office I would certainly ensure that I had tstaff members that knew how to dig deep into my opponents past. Clinton is not a monster for doing this, shes a POLITICIAN and very good at it. Obama, on the other hand, is trying very hard to win an election based on "killing the voter, and opponent, with kindness". NOT GONNA WORK!!!!!!!! Obama, and everyone else who lays claim, can NOT change the beast. There will always be mudslinging. The BEST candidate will know how to sling it and how to receive it when it is slung back. Geez people.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. VJ Atlanta GA

    For all the idiot Hillary Supporters, who say Obama is going negative, can you not see that Clinton is the one who is playing negative camaign? Yesterday, in a press conference she mentioned that she and Senator Mccain have crossed the commander-in-cheif "threshold" and Obama needs to clarify about his candidacy. So for Hillary, its either her or no one else from the Democratic side. She is preferring McCain over her own party colleague. Her advisors are openly suggesting that Obama is somehow behaving like Kenn Starr. How low can they get before they realize that its over? No matter how many states she wins from now on, she will not be able to get past Obama's lead in delegates and popular vote.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Hillary Fan

    I'm a Hillary supporter, and my take on this "monster" thing is that the apology was sufficient. People say things during the heat of an argument that should not have been said. Ms. Powers apologized, Hillary I understand accepted it, time to move on.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Florida loves HILL

    All these bitter Obama followers crack me up.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Rose Cohen

    Her resignation is quite unfortunate. However, some other people involved in the Obama-Clinton fray should also watch what they say. Nita Lowry, seeing as Barack Obama received 45% of the vote in Westchester County New York, should get to work doing her job supporting the people of New York and not spending so much time on the Hilary Clinton campaign.

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. George in Laredo

    Anyone objective knows that MsPower is right. Hillary Clinton will do and say anything to win; monster might be a harsh word to use but to say "she isn't that honest and chooses to curb to truth often" doesn't have the same oomph as "monster".

    March 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Richard

    Why is Hillary so sensitive? How about the terms "Shame on Obama" and "OBama is a Fraud"

    Both came from her mouth. What is good for the gosse is good for the gander and Hillary should also apologize.

    The word Fraud is more condescending than the word Monster.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Pon Mao

    But it's true what she said, Hillary Clinton not only is a monster, but also evil.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. jeff kleindienst

    you shouldnt have to resign for speaking the truth.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Bob Stephens

    She tells the truth and has to give up her job?.. You can see what will happen to this country of Hillary gets elected....

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Davis

    She shouldn't have to resign for stating the truth! How rediculous! She is a woman calling out another woman for what she is, an inhuman monster!

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. SarahJ

    This is why I love Barack Obama. He sticks to his word. Seriously though, when I Wolfson going to resign?

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Lee

    Liar would have been more accurate. There is no 35 years of experience that she is bringing to office. Being the Governors’ mansion decorator followed by the White House decorator isn’t elected official experience. Conversely Obama has been working as an elected official for the last 15 years. I have wondered why they have ever let her say that she has more experience.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. toomanykidz

    Accountability for your actions. What a fresh response in the muddy world of politics. If you kids can't play nice, you won't play at all. Go to your room for a timeout.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. angela

    When hillary became negative she did not use inappropriate words to describe him, she just attacked his ideas and his rethoric. Those of you that are so for Obama, do you even know what you are supporting? He does not even know what his plans are . But yet you believe his rethoric which is so filled with BS. He is typical Chicago politican! Stop putting this guy on a pedestal without checking out your facts. 3 years in the senate and he is all of suddan Brack almighty. You are sadly mistaken if you think his CHANGE bs is actually something he will follow through on!

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Integrity

    Hey Hillary, pay attention now this is going to be new for you, it's called Integrity. Watch and learn from someone with this attribute.

    Obama 08
    Change we want and need.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Gillis

    You don't call her a monster. You just simply describe her actions and people will conclude. Monstrous!

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Michael from South Carolina

    This is not only for Samantha Power, but for MOST of the Barack supporters on these political blogs. All of you people should resign. Obama talks about closing divides and reaching out to others and everything else nice and shinny. MOST of you are the rudest and most hateful people I have ever seen. MOST of you talk the good talk about Obama but trash everyone else who see things differently than you. I just wonder what really goes on behind closed doors in the Obama camp that makes MOST of his followers act like Samantha Power and MOST of you.

    I used MOST in this post which means NOT ALL! I could even extend the good hand and reconcile with MOST of you if you would start posting like Obama teaches. No rhetoric, no name calling, no bashing, just good civil conversation to spark the mind and our self-intellect.

    Hillary or Hillary/Obama08 and 12!

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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