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. James

    To call Hillary by what she is should not be inexcusable. If only half the people in the United States actually knew some of the information about Senator Clinton, including the 50 plus murders related to the Clinton's. Specifically the 10 plus homicides in arkansas over the sketchy actions of Bill Clinton in the drug trafficing through Mena, AR or the 70 million dollars that came up missing from the Arkansas State Treasury following Mr. Clinton's last term as an Arkansas congressman.

    Truth is, Hillary Clinton is a hypocritical congresswoman who only gained her position through her husbands presidency and has no legitimate experience to be president. I thank Mrs. Powers for identifying Hillary for what she is.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Changing times

    I hate to say this but some of you people are STUPID!!!

    People in high positions are ASKED to resign! They don't get fired. This allow them to leave with some degree of dignity.

    Don't think for one moment she did this without Obama telling her she must.

    How dumb can you be!

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. alexis

    Let's just cool it. All of this trash talk by us just perpetuates the negativity on both sides.

    These are situations that none of us can control So let's just move on.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. marie

    of course hillary is a monster i would never vote for her if obama lose i will stay away from the polls

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. JB Cali

    Why would she resign, she's right?

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. matt

    one down.. how many more to go.. i dont know.. but none to less.
    1 down

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Austin, Texas

    Some of you people are so bias'd you sound ignorant.

    Obama has also lied. Let us not forget the NAFTA debacle where it was proven one of his campaign advisors did meet with Canada even after they said he didn't.

    Obama is just another politician, he may possibly be an even better one than Clinton because he is still able to bring in these supporters after his holier than thou cover has been blown.

    She wasn't fire. She resigned. It was a smart move on her part to help the Obama campaign, altho the damage has already been done.

    Obama has been negative for quite a while now. Let us not forget that he's been saying (Clintons will do anything to get to the white house) for months now. This is negative campaigning. I'm not defended Clinton, i'm stating the facts.

    This is an instance where people are so excited, they can't understand what's going on. Calm down, take a deep breathe, and watch. You'll realize you've been missing out, and misinterpretting alot of things.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Marie

    This is ridiculous. The so called journalist that reported this when she said the comment was off record should be fired or resign from his paper. How will people ever respect him again. Why is this an issue? There are a lot of monsters in this campaign. andIf you look at the posts on cnn there are a lot of monsters include racists in the monster category.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Mark (Tampa)

    Its really sad when someone has to resign over a comment that isn't that bad. Hillary Clinton is a monster, stooping to seemingly any possible level to achieve victory. Really, any person that thinks hope is bad really isn't what America needs. Our country was founded on hope and ideals, something I think she has lost sight of.

    But I think its time for Obama to stop pulling punches on Clinton, if she really wants to fight lets see who's got the bigger bite. Really thats all American politics has come down to anymore, its pathetic and as a young voter I think it shouldn't be the norm. However, you can't take a punch and not fight back, thats just not a way to win against a cheap person.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Frank in NY

    SHE IS A MONSTER..well at least she looks like one.

    March 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Kim

    Ah, I don't think so, Ken Starr is a person and it's based on your judgement whether he is a good or bad person, so calling Obama Ken Starr is not the same as calling Clinton a monster, but this is indicative of those who f ollow and support Obama, hate filled, vindictive, divisive people, yet he is supposed to be a candidate of unity and change. It's a joke!!

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Hal

    Listen people this is an Outrage . Here's a campaign that have
    litterally skirocketed the standard of clean objective campaigning, while fending off the worse , despicable, the most disgusting , fearmongering , racebaiting , dirty smear lying garbage TACTICS from the clinton campaign and none of them resigns. This honest vertuous person thinking she was off record saying something as mild as saying Hillary is a monster – the very least any smart person would say about her – be forced to resign by the clinton camp ... this is ... this is ... I'm just furious. I'll vote to reelect GW Bush before I vote for that ... Ugh!!


    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. NAMANDE - MA


    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Karen Hudson

    How 'bout calling for Bill Clinton's removal from Hillary's campaign for many, many offensive remarks he has made about Obama? And his reference to "fairy tales"?

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. seyi

    Good come back... He is building up. She has had her 3rd comeback, Obama has had 2. How about we wait for his 3rd?Its always a charm right! Get ready Hillary, you asked for it.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Louis

    Dear Obama:

    What are we going to do about Florida and Michigan? I bet the republicans are just sitting back and watching how the democrats self destroy. This is not about Obama or Hillary but about the America we love. If an agreement is not reached SOON between the Obama Camp and the Hillary Camp there is a huge chance we will again loose the election in November and this time leaving millions of new voters disillusioned and disappointed. You came into this race to uplift America and you have only achieved that in part. There is much work to be done and little time. You have not been able to close the deal… why? It does not take a PHD to know that half of the party (exactly ½) prefers Hillary and that is the reality.

    The first order of business now is to get a solution to the problem and define who is the candidate. You will not survive three more months of back and forth with Hillary camp and be able to beat McCain. The first order business of the next president is to fix this election mess and make some sense out it and bring it back from the dark ages. SOME REAL OVERHAUL PLEASE!!!

    To the Obama and Hillary camp please chill out and help to solve the situation with Michigan and Florida disenfranchised voters because of lousy leadership. We will all benefit from it and perhaps will have an outcome before the convention and have a chance at the General election. I voted for you Obama and I have serious doubt about your leadership because you can not continue to support the disenfranchisement of voters in America today. Besides understand that there are not enough votes to clinch the nomination without Florida and Michigan

    I do agree with you Obama about the consequences on decisions that piece your argument, but what about the voters? The decision to have a primary that didn't count was not the will of the voters. The voters in Florida and Michigan deserve their voice to be heard just as much as any other citizen of the U.S. Why would you want to be a candidate for our party on flawed election without at least trying to count every vote? Why risk a legal battle later on (I guarantee one if you do not move quickly)

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Dee

    Trish makes a valid point!!!! We all know that Hillary will lose against McCain. This can't happen people!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Good now that is behind us. You think That Sen Clinton will divorce Bill after his comments in So. Caroloina??? That would be the most positive thing to have come from the Clinton Campaign in weeks.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Gaetan

    Good move by Obama, I hope HRC will follow the lead of doing the right thing even when it hurts

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. anne

    Why don't Hillary's "Starr" people step down? Oh yeah, her campaign is not held to the same starndards as his, how could I forget.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Kelley

    You cannot fire somebody that is not a paid employee

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Edgar

    Hillary Supporter – but I give Obama his respect for dealing with the problem right away.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. J Lew

    How come she didn't get fired, people ask? That's how it happens in politics, just like Clinton's former campaign manager "resigned." That's code for "you're fired," so Obama did the right thing. Now, he needs to get his advisors in line so it doesn't happen anymore. I for one am tired of the negativity in this primary race.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. what u talkin about

    Fire Wolfson....The David Duke of Clinton tactics. I don't work for Obama so fire this.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Kors

    All of the negativity from the Clinton campaign is uncalled for, as Senator Obama has yet to incorporate such immature tactics in his own. Though Senator Clinton is an excellent candidate, her democratic rival has again proved that he is far superior to her, not simply from an ethical standpoint but from a personal one.

    March 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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