Power Out: Interview with Scot Paper Brings Down Top Obama Adviser

By: Greg Mitchell

An off-the-cuff remark to the Scottish paper, The Scotsman, earlier this week has led to the surprising and swift exit of one of Sen. Barack Obama’s top advisers today, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power. The Harvard professor, who has been on leave this year to serve as a chief foreign affairs aide to Obama, has been sometimes called “his Condi.”

Power had referred to Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama’s rival in the race for the White House, as a “monster,” quickly called that “off-the-record,” but too late, as the reporter insisted it was an on-the-record chat.

She had told The Scotsman, after Obama’s losses in primaries on Tuesday, that Clinton was stopping at nothing to try to win. “She is a monster, too ? that is off the record ? she is stooping to anything,” Power said, trying to withdraw her remark.

Power was in the United Kingdom to promote her new book on Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations representative who died in a Baghdad bomb attack.

Today, the Clinton team called for Power’s ouster. Power had apologized but that did not quell the uproar.

Now she has resigned, stating: ?With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor the Obama campaign effective today. 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.”
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