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Obama Adviser Quits Over Monster Comment

Headline: Obama's Adviser Quits Over "Monster" Comment

Obama campaign aide Samantha Power has quit this morning over a remark where she called Hillary Clinton "a monster" in an interview with The Scotsman.

The comment was in regard to the Clinton campaign's perceived ruthlessness heading into the primaries in Ohio. Power said, "In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win. . . . She is a monster, too – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything." It was apparently a slip of the tongue she tried to recant immediately.

Are you outraged by this comment? Did it do any harm? Was the paper wrong to report it after she realized her mistake? Should she have quit?

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shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 7 years
Interesting article that goes over the situation with the journalist reporting the Power's commernt: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/03/08/carlson/index.html
indielove indielove 7 years
"So, while this may be an unfortunate comment, I don't want to see this country elect the wrong president just because her ads scare the hell out of people into believing that her visits to 80 countries translates into good foreign policy." Right on! She may be doing more harm to herself than she realizes. I'm just watching and waiting til she self-destructs.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"Power was doing an interview for her book, not as an Obama surrogate" WOW, I had no idea! "we need a president who can reconnect to the world that we have pushed away. I can't see Clinton doing anything more than pushing people further away" I would be horrified if Hillary handled her international opponents like she has been handling herself recently. She has been outright lying, and if she gets caught doing that as President in the international community, she takes the reputation of our country down with it.
zeze zeze 7 years
I think I read this on Slate, but Hillary is pulling the whole "hit and hit hard and when your opponent wants to get even cry about it" and because people expect her to be a "fighter" they let her attacks slide (remember the emails from her advisers about his religion and terrorist training). I started out undecided when this thing started, leaning towards Hillary, but at this point I would HATE to see her in power, my opinion is moving towards the idea that she is manipulative, untrustworthy, and in her own words a "fighter" even when a fight is not necessary. I think we need a dignified President, Obama might lack the experience she got in he First Lady days but we need a president who can reconnect to the world that we have pushed away. I can't see Clinton doing anything more than pushing people further away. We are number one now, but we have few if any allies at this point and I am certain Hillary will not bring us anymore with her tactics. So, while this may be an unfortunate comment, I don't want to see this country elect the wrong president just because her ads scare the hell out of people into believing that her visits to 80 countries translates into good foreign policy. ....I think I have finally decided!
jvpdc jvpdc 7 years
Since many commenters have addressed the "off the record" nature of the comment, I would suggest reading the story in the Scotsman in full. The reporter explains why he/she didn't consider the comment completely off the record (otr). Power was doing an interview for her book, not as an Obama surrogate, and the ground rules were established before the interview started - it was an on the record interview. She made the "monster" comment and said "that's off the record" AFTER she said it. The reporter didn't feel obligated to keep it otr since the interview was not. The other interesting thing you learn by reading the story is that Ms. Power has not been involved in politics for very long. She was mostly a writer before Obama asked her to come work for him. It just goes to show that politics is an extremely rough and tumble business. She said what she thinks - no crime there. But it doesn't exactly fit with Obama's "new politics" - so she had to go.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"First Lady and didn't attend national security meetings, so her time as the FL didn't give her special experience on national security" You wouldn't know that from the way she talks!
cottonpoots cottonpoots 7 years
I'll keep it short and sweet - even though I'm not affiliated with either presidential candidate, it isn't justifiable to call Hillary a "monster". She hasn't done anything horrific. Leave the term for rapists, murderers, and molesters.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Even without her schedule being released, it's known that she did not hold a security clearance while she was First Lady and didn't attend national security meetings, so her time as the FL didn't give her special experience on national security, anyway.
indielove indielove 7 years
Well, I'm sure if she wins the nomination(and that's a BIG if), the Republicans will rip her to shreds.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
On Tucker Carlson, he just said that in 2006 USA Today asked for the papers regarding the Clinton pardons. They just recently got them with over 1000 pages removed. Tucker kept saying that there were 2 pardons "that her brothers bought". Now that is pretty dang bold of him to say, so I would hope that he had something to back it up. At the end of the day, I think democratic voters need to remember the huge closet of skeletons that the Clintons are sitting on. If Hillary is going to run on her experience based on the fact that her husband was president, that opens her up to a whole lot of scrutiny. I think the fact that her schedule isn't being released, when it could actually prove her involvement, says so much.
indielove indielove 7 years
Daytime tv like soaps? :rotfl:! Tell me about it. Admittedly, I watch a couple of 'em. :OOPS: The news is definitely the better way to go.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Thank you! I feel like I am thinking through jello...very slowly. Daytime tv is terrible, so I keep getting sucked into the news, but it wears me out after a while. Oh the drama!
indielove indielove 7 years
Your brain seems as sharp and on-point as usual, to me. :) Feel better soon, ok? That bug that's going around is hitting people really hard.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Indie, that is ok! I have been home for a few days with a hideous flu, and my brain and funny bone aren't working that well!
indielove indielove 7 years
I agree, Jude. He took action pretty much immediately. It shouldn't matter in the least what Samantha Power said in relation to Obama's campaign. It was her own personal opinion.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
:D indie I really don't think Obama's campaign has anything to worry about as far as this little mini-"scandal" goes.
indielove indielove 7 years
Sorry, Jillness...it's my mistake. I was just trying to be funny, I know you weren't directing that comment at me. I'm on Obama's side...no stones thrown here. At least not in his direction. ;)
remedios remedios 7 years
this is stupid. the end.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
No, indie, someone else asked what Obama's plans were for NAFTA. The Obama-Nafta gate has been discredited. However, Hillary's Nafta-gate is just beginning. I am really surprised more people don't see the hypocracy of Hillary's camp being so appauled by this, when her people called Obama "Ken Starr" just the other day. Can it get any more hypocritical? At least Obama's camp took action. Hillary supports her mudslinger.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
Back to topic: Yes she should resign. She made statements that did not represent the campaign that Barrack is trying to run. Goolsbee from NAFTAgate should also go. AND if Hillary's campaign did the same thing there is more firing to be done on her end. That's what you do. You cut the cord with people that sully your campaign.
indielove indielove 7 years
"Listen up if you are going to throw stones." Who me? :rotfl:
indielove indielove 7 years
Oops, Mississippi is Tuesday, I didn't word that correctly. My bad. ;)
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I forgot to include Michigan in the list of states that would go Blue for Obama (and Red for HRC). Oh, and Obama has said many times that he thinks NAFTA needs to be renegotiated to contain the labor and environmental standards (sought by groups like the AFL-CIO). He has said it in debates and speeches. Listen up if you are going to throw stones.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 7 years
Barack on track!
indielove indielove 7 years
Let's wrap up Wyoming and Mississippi tomorrow! Whoo hoo! Let the losing streak begin again(for Hillary)! :D
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