November 29th, 2008
03:11 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama adviser who called Clinton a 'monster' back

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Power resigned from Obama's campaign earlier this year."]

(CNN) - Samantha Power, the Obama foreign policy adviser who stepped down from her post earlier this year after labeling Sen. Hillary Clinton a "monster," is now working for the president-elect's transition team.

According to the Associated Press, Power is part of a team of foreign policy experts tapped by President-elect Obama to help ease the transition at the State Department - the agency Clinton is expected to head up.

Power is also formally listed as part of the State Department agency review team on the president-elect's official Web site and could directly work with Clinton should she be nominated, as expected, for the Secretary of State job.

Power stepped down from the Obama campaign in March after she called Clinton - then Obama's rival for the Democratic nomination - a "monster" and someone who "is stooping to anything." The comments came in an interview with a Scottish newspaper.

"You just look at her and think, 'Ergh,' " Power also told The Scotsman then. "The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive."

Power quickly issued an apology for the comments, but resigned her post days later.

"I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton," Power said in her resignation statement.

The Obama transition team did not comment on Power's new role.

Power is currently a professor at Harvard University and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. In 2004, Time Magazine labeled her one of America's top 100 scientists and thinkers.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Susan

    During the primary, many politicians said negative things. Now that's it's over, things will go back to 'normal'.

    Obama is picking a very good cabinet.

    November 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    At the risk of sounding redundant! Obama is only the President Elect! But he will choose whom he wants for all posts.... and it does not matter what any of you disgruntled loosers have to say about it. This is a man with high intelligence... he will listen to the smartest minds available... then make his OWN decisions!

    Seriously.... Repubs.... YOU LOST..... SUCK IT UP! 🙂

    November 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Josh

    Samantha Powers is awesome. A great thinker and a very good communicator. Something we arent used to after 8 years of the Worst Presidency Ever.

    November 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. kimota

    Clinton ran a horrible and negative campaign, and the way she and her followers demanded Obama help her pay her campaign debt was disgusting. I would have reacted the same way as Powers did.

    November 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. silver bells

    our country is in the worst shape that any of us has ever seen, obama does not have a magic wand, of course it will take time for our country to get better, but obama has already shown more leadership since his big win than what we've seen from our present leaders in the last 8 years. OBAMA-BIDEN bless them both.

    November 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    Joe Fox.... glad to hear you testify! We voted for the man with the plan, and he will prove us right! 🙂 No doubt in my mind!

    November 29, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Texas Teacher

    Roberta A..... come on.... 🙂 admit... Women can be the most venomous creatures alive..... with the sharpness of our tongues, we can whip just about any man! *LOL* Just recall the crap.... pardon me, commentators.... I mean, evil nonsense that flowed from the PitBulldogs lipsticked mouth!

    November 29, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Jimmy Crack Corn

    Here's the deal.
    Oblama promised change. You ALL bit.
    but then he chooses Hillarity.


    November 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Kingsley

    Power please keep the power up and high!!
    freedom of expression!! sky is the limit for you

    November 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. 30-m-PA-Democrat-voted McCain

    I will never forget this primary season. The Democrats have discouraged me from every voting for a Democrat again. The way they threw Hillary under the bus and the way the media portrayed Hillary as the attacker when clearly Obama was the instigator. I still believe Hillary should have been the nominee, not Obama the fraud.

    November 29, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Kingsley

    Welcome back Ms Powers

    November 29, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Te

    America has either these liberal lunnies or crazy evangelicals.

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    November 29, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Tariq

    The comments were an over-reaction and regrettable. However, let the truth be told...Hillary did lose her identity towards the end of the primaries by resolving to the "kitchen sink" strategy. At times, her attacks had a tone of malicious desperation and I personally could not recognize the Hillary I once knew. Much like what McCain turned into towards election day.

    So, Samantha Power does not owe Hillary any retraction. At least not any more than Hillary owes Obama.

    November 29, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Texas Teacher

    🙂 *throwing a big Grammie kiss toward anonymous* You betcha... wink, wink.... *LOL*

    November 29, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to earle, Florida:

    The Bay of Pigs was drawn-up by Ike and inherited by JFK!

    November 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. JNC, California

    Obama.....Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.....Very smart!!! He knows exactly what he is doing!!!! Rock on 08/12.....Yes we can!!1

    November 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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